Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
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  1. As Primer progresses, it just gets murkier and the experience of it more drudgelike.
  2. 25
    A real head-scratcher that somehow won the grand jury prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 107 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 43
  2. Negative: 7 out of 43
  1. Aug 27, 2010
    10
    A minor miracle of a film, this movie manages to pull off everything a major motion picture should have (great scripting, amazing acting,A minor miracle of a film, this movie manages to pull off everything a major motion picture should have (great scripting, amazing acting, drama, etc.) with a mere budget of ~$7,000. It's simultaneously captivating, confusing, frustrating, and in the end, completely gratifying - even if you can't put all the pieces together on the first viewing. I already can't wait to watch it again. Full Review »
  2. May 18, 2013
    7
    An independent film full of nice ideas but maybe without the budget to fully realise some of their potential. Nicely scripted, although I didAn independent film full of nice ideas but maybe without the budget to fully realise some of their potential. Nicely scripted, although I did find it a little too ‘wordy’ in places. Performance wise; both Shane Carruth and David Sullivan did an excellent job. The film hangs on these two characters and I thought they both pulled it off to an excellent standard! I found the film quite absorbing at first; there’s enough mystery there and I know enough about engineering for it to keep my interest. It did, however, become a little wearing towards the end, I think because the film relies so much on the dialogue between Aaron and Abe to tell the story and there is so much to take in that I found I was in ‘dialogue overload’ by the end. I think I’ll probably have to watch it again sometime to fully appreciate it, but well worth a look; it’s an interesting take on the time travel theme.

    SteelMonster’s verdict: RECOMMENDED

    My score: 7.1/10
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  3. Jul 6, 2015
    9
    I have no clue what I just watched, but it was breathtaking. Two guys accidentally build a time machine, unaware that they might have alreadyI have no clue what I just watched, but it was breathtaking. Two guys accidentally build a time machine, unaware that they might have already gone inside of it... that's all you need to know. Now go watch this masterpiece. Full Review »