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Set in the Smokey mountains, this moving drama chronicles the dilemmas involved in assimilating a socially isolated individual. Nell grew up in a remote mountain cabin with her hermit mother. After her mother dies, Nell is discovered by a doctor who is intrigued with her strange language and unusual behavior.
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Critic Reviews for Nell
Somber, ponderous, and pretentious, this is a clinical study of a wild woman (Jodie Foster) raised in the backwoods, far from the interference and contamination (according to the film) of Civilization. It's better to see Truffaut's Wild Child.
Decent triumph over adversity movie. Nell has a unique disability.
Jodie Foster is totally immersing
I know I'm in a minority, but I sort of had fun with this movie.
Interesting, with strong performances, though not thoroughly convincing
Nell will startle you with its poignant message that we can all be angels bringing grace and trust and light into each other's lives.
Audience Reviews for Nell
How in the hell did Jodie Foster seriously get an Oscar nomination for this, possibly the weirdest film to ever be taken seriously on the public stage? I mean, I get the message of the film overall: the fact that those who are alternative don't stand a chance in a society that prides itself on revealing the hidden truths everywhere they may be hiding. Still, does anyone really want to stand up and say that Foster's performance as the nearly mute, and very animalistic Nell, is great, or even remotely realistic? She looks so hair brained, that a parody performance would be unrecognizable compared to this film. I mean seriously, in what universe is this okay? Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson make an interesting duo as the scientists who evaluate Nell, but besides that there is no sense, honesty, or truth in any of these performances. It's bland, while also being hyper animated with the feral yowls of its lead, and the strange fight for privacy that stirs the story. Seriously, it's not even good for a bad movie; it's just pure gross cheesiness.More
i liked this film i thought it was inspirational and heart warming and probably jodie fosters best acting ever she did a performance of a lifetime and a really good film and really worth a watchMore
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