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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
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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.
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 24, 2010
Ridiculous, confusing, vaguely noir-ish nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
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.
| 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
Matthew Leyland
BBC.com
August 9, 2005
One of the most wilfully obscure sci-fi movies ever made, Primer will either blow your mind or drive you out of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
June 20, 2005
Even at a short 77 minutes, Primer is bloated, draggy, cumbersome, confusing, and almost entirely unengaging
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos
June 13, 2005
Una joya de ritmo y de temática.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
June 1, 2005
I didn't understand Primer; worse yet, I didn't care.
May 25, 2005
Primer est un film difficile à détester, mais encore plus difficile à pleinement apprécier.
| Original Score: B
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