Primal Fear

Primal Fear

Poster for Primal Fear

Golden Globe winner Richard Gere leads this crime mystery as a famous Chicago lawyer defending an altar boy (Edward Norton in an Oscar-nominated performance) accused of murdering an Archbishop. More

Convinced of the boy's innocence, big cheese lawyer Martin Vail (Gere) takes on the case at no charge. However, when he delves into the case, the Archbishop's shady past comes to light - revealing a possible motive for murder. Things are further complicated when a psychologist steps in and discovers the young accused is living with a troubling mental condition. With a plea locked in, Martin must find a different angle to present to the court.

Less
1996Rating: MA15+, Medium level sex scene, Medium level coarse language, Medium level violence129 minsUSA
CrimeMysteryThriller

Streaming (4 Providers)

Primal Fear | Reviews

77%47 reviews

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

All reviews on Rotten Tomatoes
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The plot is as good as crime procedurals get, but the movie is really better than its plot because of the three-dimensional characters.

Full review
Variety

Variety

The major jolt is saved for the very end but, like much else in the film, it is overexplained and underlined when more simplicity and quiet would have provided the revelation with the power of a depth charge.

Full review
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

The special twist-which Paramount Pictures has implored critics not to divulge-redefines the story completely. It also ruins everything.

Full review

Primal Fear | Release Details

Primal Fear is available to stream in Australia now on Stan and Google Play and Apple TV and Prime Video Store.