(2011)

Critic Reviews

83

Metascore

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88
Orlando Sentinel
Here's a documentary so slick, novel, touching and outrageous that your first thought might be "This has to be fake."
83
A fascinating and in many ways tragic documentary, takes us back to one of the high-water marks of the apes-are-people-too era.
83
The movie works best when probing the nature of human interactions with Nim: He appears to form a close friendship with the stoner psych major Bob Ingersoll, not only foraging for food with him but also sharing joints.
80
Boxoffice Magazine
British filmmaker James Marsh recreates this tale of an ambitious primate language study through traditional face-the-camera interviews, clever graphics and dramatic recreations.
80
You get a bad feeling early in Project Nim, the brilliant, traumatizing documentary by James Marsh (Man on Wire).
80
The Hollywood Reporter
While this is fascinating material, it's the flawed human behavior it exposes that makes the story so compelling. And yet what elevates Marsh's film is the even-handedness of his perspective.
80
Variety
A provocative and surprisingly emotional saga that ranges from wrenching to downright hilarious as it spans more than a quarter-century of unpredictable twists, "Nim" reaches far beyond mere scientific curiosity to become compelling human drama.
80
Village Voice
Marsh's film remains a deeply haunting portrait of the unbridgeable gap between kindred species.
60
The good news is that the film's stylistic excesses don't negate the many fascinating aspects of Nim's story.
50
Slant Magazine
To drive home the pathos of Nim's mistreatment, James Marsh frequently makes questionable use of the creature's apparent similarity to human beings, trading complex analysis for easy sentiment.

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