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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 7, 2006
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 31, 2005
The writing and direction by Ben Younger is crisp and insightful enough to prevail, and the performances are all very good.
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AV Club
October 29, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 29, 2005
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 28, 2005
Follows a familiar boy-meets-girl scenario, but Younger turns the routine into combustible fun.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 28, 2005
A movie as weirdly titled as it is constructed, the romantic comedy Prime is proof that even the great Meryl Streep occasionally slips up in her acting choices.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 28, 2005
Streep, beaming in her horn-rimmed glasses and spouting platitudes like 'Focus on the now, for now,' makes it all a treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 28, 2005
A cut above the formulaic romances Hollywood typically grinds out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 28, 2005
Manages a number of decent PG-13 laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 28, 2005
A wildly uneven picture that is confused at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 28, 2005
The sort of movie where all of the best jokes are in the trailer, but these days a romantic comedy with anything worth quoting at all is something of an accomplishment.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 28, 2005
Occasionally amusing, generally fatuous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 28, 2005
Once the unlikely premise is established, the movie drags on, injected with one-liners and padded with way too many complicated misunderstandings, reconciliations and breakups.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 28, 2005
It offers an unlikely romance in a somewhat comic situation, finding both humor and emotional truth.
| Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 28, 2005
All that really keeps Prime from being a one-gag, one-dimensional affair is Streep.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 28, 2005
This soggy, uninspired entertainment seems to demonstrate that director Ben Younger, who did such a terrific job with the stock-swindle movie Boiler Room, doesn't have the chops for a comedy that's trying to be funny and perceptive.
| Original Score: C-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 28, 2005
Not quite a romantic comedy, Prime is a hybrid of conflicting tones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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October 28, 2005
Refreshingly bright, unpredictable and intelligent while still offering moments of giddy humor that take you totally by surprise.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 28, 2005
A surprisingly smart romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
October 27, 2005
A film that's often a riot, with laughter growing out of identifiable human behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
October 27, 2005
Not quite a romance by numbers, Prime is nevertheless a movie we need like a hole in the head.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 27, 2005
Streep's character -- a humorous blend of open-minded therapist and neurotic Jewish mother -- makes the movie worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 27, 2005
[Thurman's] summery radiance helps make this thin romantic comedy hard to dislike.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 27, 2005
As with most contemporary attempts at the kind of sophisticated romantic comedies that used to be Hollywood's specialty of the house, this one shrivels and flames out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 27, 2005
With its ambiguous title and tepid love story, the only thing going for Prime is Meryl Streep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
October 27, 2005
Something about the way it ends feels like a cop-out, and the opportunities for humor aren't exploited quite as well as they could be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 27, 2005
Offers a few laughs, enough formula to fill a bathtub, and Meryl Streep, who is always enjoyable to watch, even if the movie around her isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 27, 2005
In its comedy of errors are actors who bring truth at least to their dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 27, 2005
Streep, who seems to have found a new lease on life as a loosey-goosey comedienne, does more with it than might have seemed possible.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 27, 2005
The film drifts about, groping for its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 27, 2005
No movie could survive the dotty premise of this hyperchipper romantic comedy about an age-inappropriate affair -- he's 23, she's 37, and we're supposed to buy this as a May-December love story?
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 27, 2005
Writer-director Ben Younger wants to be Woody Allen in the worst way. Unfortunately, he's gone about it in the worst way.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 27, 2005
It's a satisfying romantic comedy and a worthwhile diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 26, 2005
Brazenly preposterous.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 20, 2005
Hilarious and heartfelt.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
October 13, 2005
An oddly juiceless older woman-younger man romance.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 11, 2005
A moment here and there may remind you of Woody Allen's better comedies, but Younger has put his own stamp on this familiar territory.