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Primary Colors Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
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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Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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USA Today
February 27, 2001
| Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
A smart and savvy piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 14, 2001
Travolta's warmth and expansiveness effectively amplify and embellish the likable and personable side of Stanton.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
Sheerly as film, Primary Colors generally sizzles.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Dramatically weak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The film seldom displays much in the way of directorial hallmarks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is endlessly inventive and involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
A slack, tepid picture stuck in a no man's land between satire and drama.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
The movie itself makes no judgment. It's smart enough to ask you to do that by yourself and for yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
This entertaining but rather peculiar movie asks extraordinary questions, and I wish it were better equipped to give the answers.
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Primary Colors is the Mr. Smith Goes to Washington of our jaded era.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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
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Sean Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A hilariously entertaining movie.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
There are piecemeal wonders in Primary Colors, but not the grand and resonant vision the film should have been.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Like its politicians, the movie is savvy about using whatever it takes to achieve a goal.
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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.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Those who wonder how good a Clinton impersonation Travolta does miss the point.
| Original Score: 3.5/4