Primer Reviews

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November 14, 2019
Certainly there are many flaws with this project, most from a technical standpoint and obviously due to the budget, but despite those shortcomings, Primer still stands out as the most intellectually stimulating film of the year.
April 26, 2019
Carruth's downbeat and unique debut feature is something of an anomaly in the low budget U.S. indie filmmaking scene: Played out like a deadpan, almost naturalistic political thriller...
February 4, 2019
Primer's notion of time-travel creating multiple identities and an uncontrollable mise en abyme reminded me mostly of Christopher Nolan's masterly and underrated The Prestige.
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.
June 16, 2017
An exhilarating, disturbing and funny experience.
April 22, 2013
Where's Doc Brown when you need him?
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.
July 22, 2009
Discombobulating and mind-bending sci fi thriller. I think.
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.
December 27, 2007
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.
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.
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.
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.
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