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Primer Reviews

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June 16, 2017
Primer gains its seductive power by leaving the solution tantalizingly out of reach.
June 16, 2017
A pretty nifty picture with just found objects and a timelessly intriguing idea.
June 16, 2017
Primer is off-putting: in trying to be elusive it's simply obstructive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 16, 2017
An exhilarating, disturbing and funny experience.
April 22, 2013
Where's Doc Brown when you need him?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 13, 2013
Shot for a begged and borrowed $7,000, 'Primer' looks it: grainy-ish, fuzzy on details and effects, acting running the gamut from A to B, and clipped incomprehensible technobabble for dialogue.
August 24, 2010
Ridiculous, confusing, vaguely noir-ish nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 22, 2009
Discombobulating and mind-bending sci fi thriller. I think.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
April 29, 2009
An exceptional science fiction film...
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.
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
June 4, 2007
Scary, puzzling, and different.
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
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.
January 17, 2006
It's easy (and exhilarating) to be caught up by its possibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 16, 2005
Primer isn't for everyone, but for those who enjoy a complex, tricky plot, it marks the debut of an exciting new talent.
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
August 25, 2005
Confident and well-woven.
| Original Score: 4/5
August 20, 2005
One of the most original and intriguing film debuts of the last few years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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