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Primeval Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 12, 2007
Don't get attached to anybody, or anything. Poor actors. They took off to make a movie in Africa and all they got was a stinking, fake-blood-soaked t-shirt.
| Original Score: 1/5
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James Berardinelli
January 13, 2007
What a croc! Unsolicited advice to filmmakers: When making a monster movie, do not attempt to sell said film as a picture about a serial killer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Scott Weinberg
January 13, 2007
A few more months in the computer workshop (and okay, the editing booth) could have done wonders for this wacky little movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Edward Douglas
January 12, 2007
Owing more to Jaws and Orca than Anaconda ... still suffers from the predictable formula issues that comes with its creature feature roots.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 12, 2007
If you have a taste for the blissfully awful, it might be worth renting when it hits video.
| Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
June 8, 2007
As it tries to be two things at once -- a gory monster movie and a dramatic social commentary -- what it mostly succeeds at is being dull and repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Brian Orndorf
January 13, 2007
If Angelina Jolie ever desired to direct a rampaging killer crocodile film, I'm positive it would look a lot like this.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 13, 2007
How capturing an animal found in every zoo constitutes a scoop is beyond me, but when you expect the trio to be knee-deep in blood they are instead wading through politics.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Marder
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 24, 2007
Primeval is bad, but it's never boring, and you can't say that about many of its peers.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
July 26, 2007
Laced with pseudoserious undertones, the movie makes "Anaconda" look like a modern-day classic.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 12, 2007
Your basic Jaws of the Jungle sort of film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 9, 2007
The subplot turns what might have been a fascinating true-life adventure into a lurid, stereotypical melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 13, 2007
In the end, broader messages get beaten down by genre.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 13, 2007
Primeval is one of several recent movies to bill itself as 'inspired by true events.' So was this review, though in both cases 'inspired' may be too strong a word.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
January 16, 2007
Essentially Jaws moved to Africa.
January 12, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 16, 2007
...a thoroughly awful, downright irritating piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Keith Breese
January 13, 2007
while the real Gustave may have racked up 300 odd kills, this film is surely an even bigger, badder killer -- of brain cells.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
July 6, 2010
Primeval is one of crummiest killer-beast flicks of all time. It actually makes the B.C.-shot giant-croc debacle Lake Placid look half-decent, but it sure the hell wasn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
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