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Primer Reviews

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October 27, 2004
It has all the hallmarks of an amateur production: questionable sound and picture quality, crude performances, and dubious editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 27, 2004
Essentially, it's the story of weekend scientists who build a time machine in a suburban garage. But this nearly gets lost in a miasma of technical jargon and scientific conjecture.
October 19, 2004
The first thing Shane Carruth should have done as a director was fire himself as an actor, because I think he gives a terrible performance.
October 14, 2004
The movie isn't much more than a mash-up of Frankenstein and In the Company of Men.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 4, 2005
Unrelentingly boring.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 3, 2004
It's one thing to admire what writer/director/composer/actor Shane Carruth wrought on his $1.98 digicam budget; it's quite another to have to sit through the mind-numbing results.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 11, 2004
Primer is a movie in desperate need of being dumbed down, or dumbed up, so all of us can get it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 13, 2004
Betrays its potential for greatness by sacrificing riveting storytelling for unbelievable obtuseness
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2004
Primer has no respect for genuine mystery but relishes obfuscation as being really cool.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
October 13, 2004
The Grand Jury Award for Primer is an embarrassment for Sundance.
October 8, 2004
The humorless, self-important narrative is so impenetrable, you'd have to consult a synopsis to know they're traveling back and forth in time in increments of a few hours, with unforeseen consequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 12, 2004
Like watching something that's always on the verge of being a movie.
Read More | Original Score: C+
October 2, 2004
In the last act Carruth seems to be wandering in search of a way out of his box and enters the space warp of sci-fi breakdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 9, 2004
Primer is perfect Sundance material, its bland, anonymous actors and competent, Sprint-commercial mise-en-scène masked in the guise of independence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 2, 2004
...Primer remains baffling virtually from start to finish - which is a shame, really, given that this does seem to be a really cool premise for a movie...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 24, 2010
Ridiculous, confusing, vaguely noir-ish nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 7, 2004
If this had been in Greek and Swahili without subtitles it couldn't have been more incomprehensible. You will rarely spend 80 more excruciating minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
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
June 1, 2005
I didn't understand Primer; worse yet, I didn't care.
June 16, 2017
Primer is off-putting: in trying to be elusive it's simply obstructive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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