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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Doesn't always work, but it challenges, nonetheless. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    An ingenious blend of sci-fi and mystery. show more

  • 63
    New York Daily News

    One of those purposely head-scratching films meant to be viewed more than once. The extra ticket sales should easily cover Carruth's initial $7,000 budget. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    May be too clever for its own good. 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. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It is maddening, fascinating and completely successful. show more

  • 88
    Aaron Hillis Premiere

    Refusing to dumb down for a mass market, Primer is "Mullholland Dr." for math geeks, "Memento" for mad geniuses, or simply one of the most inventive films ever made for pennies on the Hollywood dollar. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The screenplay is convoluted but fascinating, flawed less by its built-in complexity than by the limitations of the characters' psychological depth. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Primer is obviously not for all tastes, but if it connects with you, prepare to be obsessed. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Shane Carruth's extraordinary work of shoestring speculation throws you into a deep ocean of techno-jargon and lets you dog-paddle or sink like a stone. show more

  • 75
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    The movie may be too precious for mass consumption, but its filmmakers' willingness to assume the best of their audience, combined with its Everyman origins, suggest a movie that deserves a chance. show more

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