User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 103 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 87 out of 103
  2. Negative: 12 out of 103
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  1. ScottY.
    Jul 15, 2005
    4
    This is not fun movie watching. The characters are pretty one-dimensional, there is no sub-plot, all we are left with is their techo-speak. Sure, it is refreshing to see a movie made for $7,000 and have no distractions that typical sci-fi movies have, such as special effects. But when most of the positive reviews tell me I have to see it multiple times to understand it, then it just This is not fun movie watching. The characters are pretty one-dimensional, there is no sub-plot, all we are left with is their techo-speak. Sure, it is refreshing to see a movie made for $7,000 and have no distractions that typical sci-fi movies have, such as special effects. But when most of the positive reviews tell me I have to see it multiple times to understand it, then it just isn't worth a high review. I want to cash out on the couch with a good sci-fi movie and I'm not against a plot twist or complex plot. However, this was just plain too much work in order to really enjoy watching this movie. Expand
  2. PeteM.
    Jun 9, 2006
    4
    Unfortunately it does fail. its all mind bending but not fascinating because there just isn't enough clarity and stability about whats going on. Both the action in almost any given scene and the voice overs are opaque and unresolved. such an (apparently) sophisticated story needs a first rate director and screen writer to be comunicated adequately.
  3. Mar 19, 2012
    6
    Although I feel the movie is rather confusing and unclear at times, overall it was still a pretty decent film. It didn't waste much time to watch and for how little of a budget the film had to spend I can't help but feel impressed by the film. The filmography of the film was great quality, and the acting was as well. Story issues aside, the rest of the film was quite impressive. I don'tAlthough I feel the movie is rather confusing and unclear at times, overall it was still a pretty decent film. It didn't waste much time to watch and for how little of a budget the film had to spend I can't help but feel impressed by the film. The filmography of the film was great quality, and the acting was as well. Story issues aside, the rest of the film was quite impressive. I don't know if I can really say I would recommend this film to most viewers other than general film enthusiasts of a particular kind. Personally, I'm glad I took the time out of my day to view the film, but I have a feeling most audiences will either be bored, confused, or both. For my full review, visit http://visuallyimpairedreviews.blogspot.com/2012/03/primer.html Expand
  4. Aug 10, 2014
    6
    I usually pay attention to details while watching a movie and am able to conclude the story at the end, but Primer is impossibly hard to follow. I could figure out what was going on only after reading a huge explanation article. The story is really complex as it is based on time travels, but I repeat myself, you probably won't dig it if you just watch the movie once. The other problem isI usually pay attention to details while watching a movie and am able to conclude the story at the end, but Primer is impossibly hard to follow. I could figure out what was going on only after reading a huge explanation article. The story is really complex as it is based on time travels, but I repeat myself, you probably won't dig it if you just watch the movie once. The other problem is Primer is really boring, most of the time nothing happens, the characters seem to take their discovery pretty casually. I respect that most of the work was made by one man, but still it could be much better. Expand
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. The movie may be too precious for mass consumption, but its filmmakers' willingness to assume the best of their audience, combined with its Everyman origins, suggest a movie that deserves a chance.
  2. 90
    A half-baked conspiracy subplot in the last third makes Carruth's knotty narrative even harder to follow, but this is still scary, puzzling, and different.
  3. 88
    It is maddening, fascinating and completely successful.