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  • Summary: A witty romantic comedy about the trials and tribulations of two mismatched lovers: a 37-year-old photography producer (Thurman) reeling from a recent divorce and a 23-year-old painter (Greenberg) recently out of college. (Universal Pictures)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. A prime example of a solid romantic comedy.
  2. Prime serves as yet another showcase for Streep; to prove how expertly she plays a Jewish mother with a Ph.D. in psychology, just imagine Barbra Streisand in the role -- you'd have a farce only a step above slapstick. With Streep, you get a smartly observant comedy that never overplays its hand.
  3. Despite the snappy brilliance of the setup, Prime doesn't entirely deliver on its promise -- something about the way it ends feels like a cop-out, and the opportunities for humor aren't exploited quite as well as they could be.
  4. All of this makes the movie pleasant, but not very memorable - a pale mirror image of "Shopgirl," which touches on some similar themes.
  5. 50
    Greenberg and Thurman are both engaging, but they can't quite compensate for their characters' shallowness. Streep, on the other hand, just can't stop compensating. Her oy-vey-can-you-believe-the-kid-and-his-shiksa performance is all studied mannerisms with no real heart.
  6. The occasionally amusing, generally fatuous romantic comedy about a dazzling divorcee, a smitten Jewish boy and a controlling Jewish mom who also happens to be the divorcee's psychotherapist, is a high-concept movie with a Yiddish accent.
  7. It has the low-budget look and feel of an indie dating comedy -- and not a very good one at that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 8 out of 35
  1. WayneW.
    Mar 11, 2006
    10
    My wife and I both tremendously enjoyed this movie. We agreed it's as strong as "Annie Hall". I was surprised to read that Sandra My wife and I both tremendously enjoyed this movie. We agreed it's as strong as "Annie Hall". I was surprised to read that Sandra Bullock originally was to appear in the Uma Thurman role. I think that would've been a big mistake. Miss Thurman brought so much heart to this movie. We've been recommending it to all our friends. It's just wonderful. Expand
  2. JimS.
    Oct 31, 2005
    10
    I really enjoyed this one. Often, these movies are cute but boring, but this one was witty and entertaining. I thoroughly enjjoyed it.
  3. DaveH.
    Mar 22, 2006
    9
    A real treat. Interesting three-dimensional, real characters with genuine flaws. Not tied up with a neat little bow at the end. It was A real treat. Interesting three-dimensional, real characters with genuine flaws. Not tied up with a neat little bow at the end. It was marketed as a "romantic comedy," but that's selling it short, because genre branding has become such a pejorative. It has some very, very funny moments and scenes, but it also has much more depth and reality than most big Hollywood films. The three leads are outstanding. Expand
  4. JamesB.
    Apr 18, 2006
    8
    Very light & enjoyable; great cast. Believable. Streep is always good. Although we've seen it before, the family being Jewish adds a Very light & enjoyable; great cast. Believable. Streep is always good. Although we've seen it before, the family being Jewish adds a nice layer of humor to the movie. A fresh take on an old premise. Expand
  5. SarahY.
    Nov 11, 2005
    7
    Uma and Streep both are wonderful. Yes the plot drags a little, and there are points in the movie where you'd fastforward if you had a Uma and Streep both are wonderful. Yes the plot drags a little, and there are points in the movie where you'd fastforward if you had a remote to the movie screen. However, it remains overall a funny and heartfelt movie. The ending is perfect for this movie and it really touched me. Expand
  6. TracyR
    Nov 9, 2005
    5
    Since I'm actually IN a relationship that began like this (6 years and counting) - I was looking forward to Prime, and ended up pretty Since I'm actually IN a relationship that began like this (6 years and counting) - I was looking forward to Prime, and ended up pretty disappointed. Lots of serious issues oversimplified in favor of Jewish shtick (and I AM Jewish, but enough is enough already). Expand
  7. CherS.
    Nov 4, 2005
    0
    Meryl, Meryl, Meryl - what were you thinking? The tiny little inside jokes were just that - tiny and litte, and should say outside - not in Meryl, Meryl, Meryl - what were you thinking? The tiny little inside jokes were just that - tiny and litte, and should say outside - not in my favorite movie house. I'd rather eat popcorn on the curb! Expand

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