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Primary Colors Reviews

June 24, 2006
As satire, it's toothless and indulgent; as drama of conscience, it's not a patch on real life...
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July 12, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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February 27, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
February 14, 2001
A smart and savvy piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 14, 2001
Travolta's warmth and expansiveness effectively amplify and embellish the likable and personable side of Stanton.
January 1, 2000
Sheerly as film, Primary Colors generally sizzles.
January 1, 2000
Dramatically weak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
January 1, 2000
The film seldom displays much in the way of directorial hallmarks.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
The movie is endlessly inventive and involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
A slack, tepid picture stuck in a no man's land between satire and drama.
January 1, 2000
The movie itself makes no judgment. It's smart enough to ask you to do that by yourself and for yourself.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
This entertaining but rather peculiar movie asks extraordinary questions, and I wish it were better equipped to give the answers.
January 1, 2000
Primary Colors is the Mr. Smith Goes to Washington of our jaded era.
January 1, 2000
Adapting Joe Klein's roman a clef of the same name, ferociously witty screenwriter Elaine May and her smooth old compatriot in comedy, director Mike Nichols, have made a zingy drama and have staffed it well.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 1, 2000
A hilariously entertaining movie.
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
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
Like its politicians, the movie is savvy about using whatever it takes to achieve a goal.
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
Those who wonder how good a Clinton impersonation Travolta does miss the point.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4