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An American news crew travels to one of the most remote locations on the planet in hopes of capturing the savage serial killer rumored to have claimed over 300 lives in this white-knuckle horror-thriller starring Dominic Purcell and Orlando Jones, and based on actual events. As the intrepid documentarians cautiously make their way upriver, they soon find that the brutality inflicted on man by his own kind pales in comparison to the relentless viciousness of mother nature's most resilient predator. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The sub-sub-Anaconda bottom-feeder Primeval makes the mistake of taking itself far too seriously; with its exploitative images of civil war and genocide, it's the Blood Diamond of 25-foot-killer-crocodile movies."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Can't a killer-crocodile movie just be a killer-crocodile movie?"
‑ Jason Anderson, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"The possibility of commentary is raised but it ultimately is glossed over with cliches and very little substance."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Calgary Movies
"Less than the sum of its parts. There are too many small errors and lost opportunities, and it's just not scary. Even a B movie can't succeed when that's the case."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Essentially Jaws moved to Africa."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Primeval is a slick-looking movie that lacks the gritty goodness of old-fashioned exploitation and is too silly to take seriously as a mainstream thriller."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"Laced with pseudoserious undertones, the movie makes "Anaconda" look like a modern-day classic."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"The subplot turns what might have been a fascinating true-life adventure into a lurid, stereotypical melodrama."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"For some insane reason, the makers of Primeval attempted to create a film that blends Anaconda with Hotel Rwanda, and they failed miserably."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"...a thoroughly awful, downright irritating piece of work..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Primeval walks a fine line between action, humor, and having half a conscience."
‑ Scott Collura, IGN Movies
"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."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
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