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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45

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  1. Sep 18, 2014
    10
    Richard Gere gives the brilliant performance of his career in this riveting legal thriller. Edward Norton is also
    tremendously effective in his first movie role.
  2. Sep 18, 2014
    10
    Primal Fear is one of my favourite thrillers. The actors are incredible and the plot is as convoluted as any fantastic thriller. ---------------------
  3. Sep 18, 2014
    10
    Richard Gere and Edward Norton are brilliant in Primal Fear, an intricate psychological thriller.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
  4. Aug 11, 2014
    10
    Primal Fear has first rate acting from Richard Gere and Edward Norton. The plot is very clever and the
    movie has twist after twist. Primal Fear has Gere's best performance and is one of the best legal thrillers.
  5. Jul 27, 2013
    9
    The acting in this film is outstanding. Edward Norton was absolutely amazing and the twist really makes this better than your average courtroom drama. Really good film, kept me on the edge of my seat for sure.
  6. May 3, 2013
    9
    Chock-full of dazzling "holy sh*t" moments, "Primal Fear" not only delivers intrigue as a fascinating courtroom drama would, but it also shocks you the way a gripping thriller would.
  7. Dec 19, 2012
    9
    Os actores falam por si, talvez o melhor papel jamais desempenhado por Edward Norton. O Thriller em si é genial, talvez um dos melhores, simples, agradável de ver, boa qualidade de fotografia, papeis bem desempenhados, personagens bem caracterizado que nos agarra á história até ao fim surpreendente que é a cereja no topo do bolo!
Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. The special twist-which Paramount Pictures has implored critics not to divulge-redefines the story completely. It also ruins everything.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    As a forum for its actors and for the big-screen directorial debut of multi-Emmy winner Gregory Hoblit, the film is up to the job.
  3. Reviewed by: Alison Macor
    50
    Norton's performance and the well-paced tension preceding the movie's climactic sequence provide an entertaining if slightly predictable thriller.