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HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Shane Carruth

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About the Movie

Winner of the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize and Alfred P. Sloan Award, Primer tells the story of two small time engineers that trip upon an invention that far surpasses their aspirations. "An ingenious movie about the perils of ingenuity. Invigorating. Like 'Pi' or 'Memento', 'Primer' is the kind of movie likely to inspire both imitators and cultists. Carruth has invented something fascinating." (A.O Scott, The New York Times)

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 119
  • Fresh: 85
  • Rotten: 34
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Incredibly confusing but oddly compelling. – Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times, Sep 20, 2007

Rotten: It's dense, and in a way that doesn't begin to reward the effort required to untie it. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: It is maddening, fascinating and completely successful. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Scary, puzzling, and different. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

My brain hurts.

Once I understood the movie, it was really good. This movie just doesn’t make anything really…clear. I had to look up the plot on Wikipedia and explain the the plot to my mother and sister for 30 minutes. This movie is also pretty slow and boring. Don’t watch if you don’t want to think.


Your mind will bend.
Your mind will shake.
Your mind may break...


Good story!

Cool movie. Have to really pay attention but If you like a movie with a good story, you will like this one. The two main actors were really good!
I totally recommend this movie... if you don't like it, i'll buy you popcorn!

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