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
Primer is off-putting: in trying to be elusive it's simply obstructive.
June 16, 2017
An exhilarating, disturbing and funny experience.
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 4, 2007
Scary, puzzling, and different.
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.
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.
December 3, 2004
An unapologetically cerebral movie of ideas.
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.
December 3, 2004
The ingenious debut of writer-director Shane Carruth, who assembled the film on his home computer and also plays one of the two leads, is purposely designed to be a little bewildering.
November 12, 2004
It takes a lot for a movie to surprise today's jaded, seen-it, bought-the- PlayStation-version sci-fi fan. Primer can. Let it.
November 12, 2004
A jigsaw puzzle made of pieces that may or may not fit together, it assumes the intelligence and interest of its audience, a brave move that pays off big.
November 12, 2004
Carruth challenges us to imagine the impossible, then asks us to consider the moral, ethical and spiritual implications of what we have witnessed, and put those considerations on equal footing with man's desire to go where no man has gone before.
November 12, 2004
Like watching something that's always on the verge of being a movie.
October 29, 2004
It is maddening, fascinating and completely successful.
October 28, 2004
Has such an engaging, offbeat first half that it's all the more frustrating when it gets lost inside its own convolutions and delayed revelations.
October 27, 2004
It has all the hallmarks of an amateur production: questionable sound and picture quality, crude performances, and dubious editing.
October 22, 2004
Incredibly confusing but oddly compelling.
October 21, 2004
A dense and dazzling science-fiction mind-bender unassumingly dressed up in a tech geek's short-sleeved oxford shirt, pocket protector and safety goggles.
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