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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

Not good

Avoid this film, ithas the framework to be a great time travelling film, but fails in every aspect.


This is one of, if not my favorite movie. Sure, it's all talking, and confusing as heck, but that's what makes it great. There's so many little details that you'll have to watch it over and over to catch all of them.


The poorly constructed narrative leaves the viewer exhausted rather than entertained. An interesting idea that was destroyed by a total incompetent execution at almost every level. The one redeeming element was the two lead actors (one of whom was the director) were very good. I can see how the ambiguity of this film would appeal to a few people, but this picture is no where near in Kubrick's league. More like Ed Wood's.

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