Primal

critic Reviews

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    Dominic GriffinSpectrum Culture
    At its best, Primal calls to mind Adam Sandler's Netflix originals, where it's clear the actor is just going on vacation to different locals and hoping the creatives around him can put together a movie from the exploits.
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    Matt DonatoFlickering Myth
    How have I not been transported back to the 90s where Primal should be opening in wide-release alongside every other audacious action hybrid imaginable?
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    Nestor BentancorNestor Cine Desde Hollywood
    This modest action-adventure B movie offers a bit more pleasure than guilt. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Rob HunterFilm School Rejects
    When Primal focuses on Nicolas Cage and his uncaged beasts it manages to deliver enough silly fun to stand apart from his other releases this year.
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    Frank SwietekOne Guy's Opinion
    The latest in Nicolas Cage's seemingly endless stream of B-movie potboilers [is] ludicrously implausible-as well as unpleasantly claustrophobic.
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    Scott WeinbergThrillist
    Primal simply refuses to dive into the wackiness of the premise, and a generally straight-faced presentation is not what most people want from a movie that features Nicolas Cage, Famke Janssen, a homicidal maniac, and a bunch of wild animals on a boat.
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    Mike McGranaghanAisle Seat
    Primal is like Life of Pi meets The Silence of the Lambs, only way less fun than that sounds.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    The only thrills are of the guilty-pleasure variety, although there's little camp value in the mechanical script or the technical incompetence.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's more brutal than thrilling... I think the plot summary is probably the most tongue-in-cheek about the way it plays out.
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    Jeffrey M. AndersonCommon Sense Media
    This thriller has a fun premise, but it feels both too lazy and too serious; rather than really playing with the concept, the film does little more than let loose cannon Cage carry the load.
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