Primer Reviews

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
April 22, 2013
Where's Doc Brown when you need him?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
July 22, 2009
Discombobulating and mind-bending sci fi thriller. I think.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
An exceptional science fiction film...
Top Critic
Michael Booth
Denver Post
February 8, 2008
Mind-bending thrillers like Primer are terrific viewing with your teenagers. Maybe if you're nice, they'll explain the ending to you.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Oh, man, they don't make 'em like this often. A film unabashedly for the nerds in the audience (God love us), this is the type of film you could inflict upon your enemies, watching them squirm as they stare at the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 4, 2007
Scary, puzzling, and different.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Shane Carruth's ultra-low budget, 78-minute sci-fi film could almost be a 'B' movie from the past if not for its icy intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Jessica Winter
Time Out
February 9, 2006
This film imagines its viewers to be smart, possessed of a decent attention span and game for a challenge. It doesn't happen all that often.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 30, 2005
Shane Carruth's Primer is a science fiction movie like no other, pushing its experimental tendencies as far as they can go without betraying the genre
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
August 25, 2005
Confident and well-woven.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 20, 2005
One of the most original and intriguing film debuts of the last few years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
August 19, 2005
Not recommended for entry-level time-travel theorists, but experienced 'chrononauts' will meet themselves scratching their heads in amused puzzlement as they emerge from an earlier screening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 28, 2005
If he could've made some sense of it in the end, Carruth'd have a masterpiece on his hands.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos
June 13, 2005
Una joya de ritmo y de temática.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 25, 2005
Primer est un film difficile à détester, mais encore plus difficile à pleinement apprécier.
| Original Score: B
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
May 24, 2005
One of the best science fiction films I have seen, and certainly as one of the genre's best in recent years.
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
May 21, 2005
Only after watching this film did I realize the even more amazing story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 28, 2005
While Primer was not widely distributed and never found an audience, it is among the best speculative films of last year.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
January 9, 2005
You can choose to be fascinated (like I was), or just give up all together. Either way, you gotta admit, these guys have guts.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Blake DePastino
Baltimore City Paper
January 22, 2010
February 27, 2009

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 22, 2004

ComingSoon.net
October 19, 2004

Boston Phoenix
October 19, 2004
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