Primer Synopsis
Friends develop an invention that could carry massive repercusions for themselves and the world.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Consider Primer a successful lab experiment with, as they might say in techie chat rooms, significant indie-cred applications, IMHO. Oh, and...
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88

Premiere

By Aaron Hillis
Refusing to dumb down for a mass market, Primer is "Mullholland Dr." for math geeks, "Memento" for mad geniuses, or simply one of the most...
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
An ingenious blend of sci-fi and mystery.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is maddening, fascinating and completely successful.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Shane Carruth's extraordinary work of shoestring speculation throws you into a deep ocean of techno-jargon and lets you dog-paddle or sink...
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Primer is obviously not for all tastes, but if it connects with you, prepare to be obsessed.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The screenplay is convoluted but fascinating, flawed less by its built-in complexity than by the limitations of the characters'...
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63

New York Daily News

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One of those purposely head-scratching films meant to be viewed more than once. The extra ticket sales should easily cover Carruth's...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

Doesn't always work, but it challenges, nonetheless.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
May be too clever for its own good. Essentially, it's the story of weekend scientists who build a time machine in a suburban garage. But...
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Great Low Budget Sci-fi

By The_Separator
After failing to market the machines commercially, the inventors discover something shocking, they’ve actually created time machines. In a non-descript storage facility in the suburbs sit these...

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Rated PG-13 | For brief language