Nell (1994)


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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.

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: William Nicholson, Mark Handley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 2004
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Jerome Lovell

as Paula Olsen

as Alexander Paley

as Todd Peterson

as Mary Peterson

as Billy Fisher

as Don Fontana

as Mike Ibarra

as Judge

as Ruthie Lovell

as Janet Baring

as Harry Goppel

as Jean Malinowski

as Rachel Weiss

as Autistic Child

as Male Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Nell

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (11)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Stunningly awful on almost every level.

Full Review… | January 20, 2007

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.

Full Review… | July 13, 2006

Decent triumph over adversity movie. Nell has a unique disability.

July 14, 2003

Jodie Foster is totally immersing

April 27, 2003

I know I'm in a minority, but I sort of had fun with this movie.

April 14, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

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.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Jodie Foster is a great actor. Watch this movie just to see her performance.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Not a great movie.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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