Primer (2004)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 8, 2004
DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dense, obtuse, but stimulating, Primer is a film for viewers ready for a cerebral challenge.

Michael Booth
Denver Post

Mind-bending thrillers like Primer are terrific viewing with your teenagers. Maybe if you're nice, they'll explain the ending to you.

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Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail

An unapologetically cerebral movie of ideas.

Josh Larsen

Where's Doc Brown when you need him?

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Scary, puzzling, and different.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.

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Jessica Winter
Time Out

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.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

Ridiculous, confusing, vaguely noir-ish nonsense.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
an extremely indepth technical tackling of the concept of time travel. I may have to watch it again just to understand everything. it was not dumbed down for… More
Cynthia S.
I am so confused...
Letitia Lew
Boyfriend thinks it's the best low-budget film ever made. I found the acting and dialogue great and believable, but the story never raised the stakes… More
Spencer Macklin
Paradoxes are fun
Alex roy
Well executed thriller, Primer is a film that manages to use a simple concept to create a picture, and it boasts a small cast as well, and an interesting story.… More
Jim Hunter
Two garage scientists happen upon inventing a time machine. I had to watch this film twice in order to understand it. I almost never watch films twice. My… More