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Based on 25 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
Village Voice
Primer unites physics and metaphysics in an ingenious guerrilla reinvention of cinematic science fiction.
Entertainment Weekly
Consider Primer a successful lab experiment with, as they might say in techie chat rooms, significant indie-cred applications, IMHO. Oh, and :-).
The screenplay is convoluted but fascinating, flawed less by its built-in complexity than by the limitations of the characters' psychological depth.
New York Daily News
One of those purposely head-scratching films meant to be viewed more than once. The extra ticket sales should easily cover Carruth's initial $7,000 budget.
At a certain point, Mr. Carruth's fondness for complexity and indirection crosses the line between ambiguity and opacity, but I hasten to add that my bafflement is colored by admiration.
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 this nearly gets lost in a miasma of technical jargon and scientific conjecture.
Dallas Observer
Love it or hate it, you won't be able to leave it alone.
A fascinatingly obtuse puzzle box that manages to be gripping even after it stops making sense.
Film Threat
Inspires plenty of head scratching and maybe a little irritation.
New York Post
A real head-scratcher that somehow won the grand jury prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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