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87

Universal acclaim - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: William Hughes
    Oct 8, 2019
    91
    At 22 minutes, episodes occasionally strain the limits of its dialogue-free, roar-heavy approach to storytelling. As an event, though—as a dose of bracingly original animation from a master of the form—it’s hard to question its few missteps. After all, everybody’s gotta eat.
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Oct 7, 2019
    91
    Through the lens of two characters, a man and a dinosaur, “Primal” is a piece of elemental storytelling that finds some real emotional depth without either of its protagonists uttering a single word of dialogue.
  3. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Oct 7, 2019
    90
    Epic yet intimate, Primal is awash in eye-popping imagery. ... Tartakovsky has long been a distinctive force in TV animation and this is another winner, a spare storytelling experiment that plays like nothing else in the current landscape.
  4. Reviewed by: Steven Scaife
    Oct 4, 2019
    88
    The story of the caveman and T. rex’s survival, in Tartakovsky’s hands, is totally enthralling, as terrible as it is beautiful.
  5. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Oct 8, 2019
    80
    Primal restores a genuine sense of awe regarding how you can use the format for something besides shits and giggles. It’s storytelling at its most basic, sound and images moving faster than a speeding velociraptor and brimming with soulfulness.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Oct 13, 2019
    9
    A moving show that will delight you in a way that's brutal and intricate as the story during the Primal times progresses.
  2. Oct 11, 2019
    10
    An absolute animated masterpiece. Genndy raises the bar once again by ditching dialogue and doubling down on the strength of his visual storytelling.
  3. Oct 11, 2019
    10
    I didn't even have to check to know this was made by the same guy who made Samurai Jack. If you liked that show, you'll probably like this. IfI didn't even have to check to know this was made by the same guy who made Samurai Jack. If you liked that show, you'll probably like this. If you don't like either, I tip my fedora to you and wish you a good day. Full Review »