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Primary Colors Reviews

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January 1, 2000
Dramatically weak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 2, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
June 24, 2006
As satire, it's toothless and indulgent; as drama of conscience, it's not a patch on real life...
June 18, 2002
Like the politicians it criticizes, the film loses sight of its ideals.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
November 3, 2008
The film owes a few doggie bones to "Wag the Dog," which came first in pointing out what Primary Colors only seconds.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2000
The movie loses something by downplaying the book's arresting contrast between Stanton's smooth dishonesty and Picker's raw sincerity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 27, 2001
The book was explicit in its indictment of Clinton (or his clone or whatever), but the movie, while keeping most of the storyline the same and many of the scenes literally verbatim, still manages to tiptoe around the issue of personal responsibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
The film seldom displays much in the way of directorial hallmarks.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
A slack, tepid picture stuck in a no man's land between satire and drama.
January 1, 2000
There are piecemeal wonders in Primary Colors, but not the grand and resonant vision the film should have been.
January 1, 2000
It's hard for me fully to express how deeply rotten I think Primary Colors is. Adjectives like 'glib,' 'coarse,' and 'sour' don't fully do it.
January 1, 2000
A mush of oversimplified ethics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
Doesn't know when to quit while it's ahead.
January 1, 2000
May and Nichols may not be right for the material, especially the Searching for Jimmy Stewart component, which feels more labored as the film proceeds.
January 1, 2000
The sad part is that while any old hack could have directed Primary Colors about as well as Nichols did, the kinds of movies that only Mike Nichols' brains and sensibility could produce hardly ever get made anymore.
July 31, 2002
...hardly important but well-made and ultimately life-affirming
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: B
January 1, 2000
The movie is endlessly inventive and involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
As is often the case in a Mike Nichols film, even the smallest roles are beautifully cast and performed, and production values are top-of-the-line.
February 14, 2001
Travolta's warmth and expansiveness effectively amplify and embellish the likable and personable side of Stanton.
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