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Primal Reviews

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April 9, 2020
The devolved monsters never really devolve much past a gross set of teeth, and the plot doesn't evolve too much beyond a standard body count. But the mystery of what this cave is, where it came from, or what is inside it was intriguing enough.
February 13, 2020
Despite its flaws, I warmed to Primal as it neared its close, and not just because it was nearly at a close. It's enjoyable nonsense that becomes weirdly compulsive viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 2, 2020
Nicolas Un-Caged - that's what you could call this man versus nature actioner. Nicolas Cage returns to his action roots with Primal, a high octane action film which takes subtlety and tosses it overboard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 8, 2019
Despite the "Cage vs. jaguar" hook that is being relied on to sell the movie, there isn't a whole lot of gnarly animal action.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 5, 2019
Is Primal good? Not exactly. But it is a film in which Nicolas Cage goes man-hunting on a ship full of snakes and parrots and monkeys [...] and, in a way, that's good enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
November 15, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 14, 2019
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 14, 2019
This modest action-adventure B movie offers a bit more pleasure than guilt. [Full review in Spanish]
November 13, 2019
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.
November 11, 2019
The latest in Nicolas Cage's seemingly endless stream of B-movie potboilers [is] ludicrously implausible-as well as unpleasantly claustrophobic.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 11, 2019
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.
November 9, 2019
Primal is like Life of Pi meets The Silence of the Lambs, only way less fun than that sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 8, 2019
The only thrills are of the guilty-pleasure variety, although there's little camp value in the mechanical script or the technical incompetence.
November 8, 2019
It's more brutal than thrilling... I think the plot summary is probably the most tongue-in-cheek about the way it plays out.
November 8, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 8, 2019
A lifeless game of cat-and-mouse-and-jaguar.
Full Review | Original Score: D
November 8, 2019
This is one of the unfortunate examples where so much energy evidently went into devising the admittedly nutball premise that there was virtually nothing left in the tank when it came time for the pesky task of executing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 8, 2019
Face it, tiger: Primal is boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 8, 2019
Unfortunately, even by the relaxed standards of trash cinema, "Primal" is dispiritingly tame.
November 7, 2019
Something this inherently silly shouldn't feel so tediously routine.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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