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  • Summary: In one of the most remote places on earth, a bloodthirsty serial killer has claimed over 300 victims, and is still at large to this day. Now, inspired by the true story of the world's most prolific killer, comes Primeval, a nail-biting horror-thriller that follows an American news crew determined to capture this terrifying murderer alive. (Touchstone Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 7 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    Pit a reptile the size of a school bus against an American TV-news crew in war-scarred Burundi, and you get "Hotel Rwanaconda," a horror movie interested in cheesy scares and drawing attention to the plight of poor Africans. (So no, Primeval is not the '"serial killer'" film promised by the ads.)
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    It's not exactly good, but it's not bad, and far from boring.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Strangely self-serious, and without covering the prerequisites of top-shelf nastiness that contemporary horror requires, this giant crocodile movie turns out to be neither fish nor fowl.
  4. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    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).
  6. 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.
  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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 7 out of 12
  1. Sep 14, 2012
    One of the most entertaining killer croc films i've ever seen.
  2. TriemanG.
    Jan 12, 2007
    Not really a horror movie like I expected. More of an action film. Suprisingly Orlando Jones is the only charcter you care about and he dies-so no sequel for this film.. Expand
  3. AlanR.
    Jun 12, 2007
    Hey, stop trying to intellectualize this film. It's fun. It's scary and the effects are better than average. And much better than any of the Jaws epics. Give the film a break. It doesn't take itself seriously. Why should the reviewers. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Mar 5, 2007
    "Primeval" plays like a tribute to John Sayles. The war between the Rwandians and Hutus acknowledges Sayles' social consciousness he applies to his own films, while the giant crocodile addresses the auteur's Hollywood sidejob as a screenwriter of b-flicks like "Battle Beyond the Stars" and "Alligator". Based on what "Primeval" has to offer, this is a dialectic(thank you, "Half Nelson") that doesn't translate into a successful entertainment. Since innocent Africans are being slaughtered in a civil war, the filmmakers were forced to make an earnest film about..., and this is the problem, a big-ass crocodile. To position the massacre that took place in Rwanda as an afterthought is tasteless. To see Rwandians being killed execution-style juxtaposed against a merrier brand of violence, being eaten alive by a reptilian anomaly, is indescribably off-putting and borderline amoral. Expand
  5. Brett
    Jan 13, 2007
    What part of this movie is based on a true story? I'd really like to know. I bet it's the part where an ...... can sprint 50km/h across an open field for minutes at a time. A very bad movie that thinks it has something important to say. Expand
  6. SteveS.
    Jan 12, 2007
    One of the 15 or 20 worst movies I've ever seen. It could have worked as camp had the filmmakers not taken themselves so seriously, attempting to interject serious social commentary about the plight of Africa into a ridiculous film centered around a gigantic, man-eating ....... created with extremely low-end computer models. And to have Orlando Jones say slavery was a good idea to get people out of Africa because it's such a horrible place (who cares if it's a joke) is in the worst taste imaginable. See this movie at your own peril. Expand
  7. Andy
    Feb 9, 2007
    My friend convinced me to see this movie, and I agreed, thinking it was gonna be this supernatural/hell-spawn slasher guy or something of that nature. I was expecting something along the lines of serial killer. But, nooooo. They give me a honkin' pile of stinkin' krap with a kapital K. [***SPOILER****] It'a about a giant man-eating croc? Oh, nice. It's like the producers just decided to change the whole thing from slasher to monster flick overnight. Even as a monster movie it sucks. An episode of the "croc hunter" is more exciting than this, and at least the the Crocodile Hunter the annoying characters eventually die. Expand

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