Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 7 out of 11
  1. 38
    One of the few monster-crocodile movies that simultaneously tries to rip off "Jaws" and "Meet the Press."
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    Primeval is a hoot if you're in the mood, though, and it gets points for trying to stuff a little globo-think into the minds of Friday night mayhem fans (who will probably rebel, since only one skull pops like a grape).
  3. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    38
    Though a few scenes drum up some intensity -- that green ham Gustave makes one last great appearance -- it's mostly grim, dull and ugly, three qualities that nobody wants in a piece of multiplex filler about a surly reptile.
  4. 33
    If there were a shred of sincerity to its straight-faced exposé of African strife, the film would be easier to forgive, but since it's really just a cheap horror-thriller about an ancient predator, the austere tone does it no favors.
  5. A low-rent monster movie that could well have been released by American International in the early 1970s, Primeval boasts a level of cheesiness that should well merit it a regular rotation on late-night cable.
  6. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    30
    With a little camp, this could have been fun --see "Lake Placid" or "Anaconda."
  7. 25
    By the end of the film, I was hoping everyone on two legs would die, preferably suffering as much on screen as I was in the audience.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 7 out of 12
  1. Sep 14, 2012
    10
    One of the most entertaining killer croc films i've ever seen.
  2. Dec 14, 2011
    2
    Primeval is a very poor film that is a complete waste of time, I don't know what was going on in this film because it was so darn convoluted. The plot doesn't make any sense at all, I never realized it was about an alligator but I don't care either, the acting is bad and so is the dialogue. The whole film is a mess of a horror movie although you won't understand anything in this movie and whatever message it has is drowned out by all this dumb movie plot. Don't watch this B-movie or should I say F-movie flick. Breakdown for "Primeval": Presentation: 2, Plot: 1, Acting: 2.7, Script: 2.4, Lasting Appeal: 1, Verdict: 2.2 out of 10 "Terrible" Full Review »
  3. DanK.
    Apr 6, 2008
    5
    The Crocodile bits are well done, with the action being satisfyingly cheesy and exciting. However the performances are 2-D and it's mixing of real life tragedy and monster carnage does grate. A rental for fans of Alligator or Anaconda, but otherwise give it a miss. Full Review »