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The debut feature from filmmaker Shane Carruth -- who wrote, directed, photographed, edited, scored, and stars -- Primer is a psychological sci-fi thriller about a group of four tech entrepreneurs. Toiling away in a garage, the quartet have successfully created error-checking systems for their clients. But their recent work seems to have created an unexpected and seemingly impossible side-effect. Suddenly, two members of the group realize they are in possession of a device that can double, or perhaps even quadruple, the space-time continuum of anything that enters it. What at first seems like… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mind-bending thrillers like Primer are terrific viewing with your teenagers. Maybe if you're nice, they'll explain the ending to you."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"An unapologetically cerebral movie of ideas."
‑ Leah McLaren, Globe and Mail
"Where's Doc Brown when you need him?"
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Discombobulating and mind-bending sci fi thriller. I think."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Scary, puzzling, and different."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"An exceptional science fiction film..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Shane Carruth's Primer is a science fiction movie like no other, pushing its experimental tendencies as far as they can go without betraying the genre"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"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."
‑ Jessica Winter, Time Out
"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."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"ridiculous, confusing, vaguely noir-ish nonsense"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"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."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Confident and well-woven."
‑ Joe Utichi, FilmFocus
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