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Prime Review Critics


Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Not one bit of the story tracks. But with these women in these roles, you're asking for truth?

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Despite its title, Prime is not a cut above. This romantic comedy's predictability and rather dull love story make it the cinematic equivalent of a slightly stale hamburger.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Prime is neither deep nor as shallow as it first threatens to be, but surprisingly good fun.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    There are some one-liners that zing not only with humor but truth. On the whole I was satisfied.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A prime example of a solid romantic comedy.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Predictable, sexy comedy pushes PG-13 rating.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes a lot of discussion (though very little imagery) of sexual activity. The protagonist describes her revived sex life to her therapist using explicit language (repeated references to male and female genitals). Characters drink at parties and in their homes.

  • Families can talk about questions of trust and betrayal. How does Lisa betray her patient, Rafi, by not telling her she's David's mother? How does the therapist-patient relationship resemble a parent-child relationship, but how is it also different, with regard to expectations of confidence and honesty?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Characters lie to one another repeatedly, then learn they shouldn't.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: One character throws pies at ex-girlfriends' faces; running gag has a grandmother hitting herself in the head with a frying pan.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Explicit references for a PG-13. Frequent discussion of sex and genitals; minor imagery, including one bar scene with suggestive dancing.

  • language false3

    Language: Frequent sexual profanity.

  • consumerism false5

    Consumerism: Starbucks, New York's Cinema Village, Magnolia Bakery, Nintendo, Crate & Barrel.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking at parties, in homes, and at a bar (to the point of drunkenness).