Primeval Synopsis
A news team travels to Africa to find an inhuman killer rumored to have claimed hundreds of lives.
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Entertainment Weekly

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...
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By Dennis Harvey
It's not exactly good, but it's not bad, and far from boring.
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The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
The screenplay, by John Brancato and Michael Ferris, tosses out a few chewy bits of B-movie wit, most of them supplied by Mr. Jones, who...
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Los Angeles Times

Strangely self-serious, and without covering the prerequisites of top-shelf nastiness that contemporary horror requires, this giant...
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
One of the few monster-crocodile movies that simultaneously tries to rip off "Jaws" and "Meet the Press."
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Though a few scenes drum up some intensity -- that green ham Gustave makes one last great appearance -- it's mostly grim, dull and ugly,...
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Boston Globe

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...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
A low-rent monster movie that could well have been released by American International in the early 1970s, Primeval boasts a level of...
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L.A. Weekly

With a little camp, this could have been fun --see "Lake Placid" or "Anaconda."
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By James Berardinelli
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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By kboxvegas
this movie wasn't scary, but it was really intense. Orlando Jones was hilarious. a lot of people may not have liked this movie but i loved it....

Primeval - not what you would expect

By kevster43
Reminiceint of Ghost and the Darkness, quite well done....


By lf39mnaxx
looked like it was going to be a slasher film. turns out to be a croc film. a poorly made croc film. Lake Placid spin off. If you really want to see it wait until you can rent it....


By cactusjoe
Terrible waste of money and time. Misleading trailer. Just another gory alligator eats people movie. I want my money back....


By Mr_Snacks
I think I laughed through a good portion of this movie, otherwise I was looking aimlessly around the theatre. Netflix it if you REALLY REALLY need to see it....

Impossibly bad

By wr3ck
Honestly, it's not even worth downloading from internet. Don't waste your bandwidth... Don't even get the torrent. I have strong desires to sue the movie theatre for making me waste my money....

Great Script/ Cast

By araj
Its the true story about the African Serial Killer named Little Gustave.... all o the which is foreshadowed by the enormous croc Gustave. Now i did some research and this is a factual story that will...

Don't Waste Your Money

By manddvice
This movie was one of the worst movies I have ever seen, wait for it to come out to blockbuster if you want to see it, and I still consider even renting it is a waste of time!!...


This was like a parody of Deep Blue Sea. I was expecting a HUMAN serial killer...


By sandia1959
It was a pretty good movie but not at all what I expected. While it was predictable, the acting was good considering what they had to work with. I don't think I would buy it to add to my collection....

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Rated R | For strong graphic violence, brutality, terror, and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Grisly croc tale lacks any meaningful bite.
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