Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Personalized picks at your fingertips

Get the mobile app on iOS and Android

Parents' Guide to


By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Grisly croc tale lacks any meaningful bite.

Movie R 2007 94 minutes
Primeval Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 9+

great for kids

its a good movie to be honest its not even that gory i think that they made it a higher rating because it is about a crocodile and might scare some kids but i let my kids watch it and they loved it and were fine its a good movie for kids :)
age 13+

A great movie!

Honestly, it's not even that gory! Common sense media is overreacting because I say it should get 3/5 for violence, not 5/5 because its perfectly appropriate for anyone age 13 and up because it's not that violent. My kids watched it and they thought it was not that gory and the worst you get a shooting or a mild decapitation or some blood spurt.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Inconsistent and conventional, Primeval claims to be "inspired by true events." Namely, the reported attacks by Gustave and the country's civil war, which has raged since 1993. The two plotlines come together thematically, with the movie positioning the militias as "killing machines" much like the crocodile -- both of which fail to attract the attention of white, Western media or intervention by international peacekeepers.

While it's worthwhile for the filmmakers to try to compare the two, the intriguing idea is trivialized and lost in the formulaic plot and characters of this mostly hum-drum horror flick. On top of that, the special effects are lacking -- Gustave is a not-very-convincing mix of animatronics and CGI.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate