Nim's Island (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Nim's Island (2008)



Critic Consensus: Despite good intentions, Nim's Island flounders under an implausible storyline, simplistic stock characters, and distracting product placement.

Movie Info

Anything can happen on Nim's Island, a magical place ruled by a young girl's imagination. It is an existence that mirrors that of her favorite literary character, Alex Rover--the world's greatest adventurer. But Alexandra, the author of the Rover books, leads a reclusive life in the big city. When Nim's father goes missing from their island, a twist of fate brings her together with Alexandra. Now, they must draw courage from their fictional hero, Alex Rover, and find strength in one another to conquer Nim's Island.more
Rating: PG (for mild adventure action and brief language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
Directed By: ,
Written By: Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett, Paula Mazur, Joseph Kwong
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 5, 2008
Box Office: $47.9M
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Abigail Breslin
as Nim Rusoe
Jodie Foster
as Alexandra Rover
Gerard Butler
as Jack Rusoe/Alex Rove...
Mark Brady
as Purser
Anthony Simcoe
as First Mate
Peter Callan
as Edmund's Father
Rhonda Doyle
as Edmund's Mother
Colin Gibson
as Cruise Director
Bryan Probets
as Australian Tourist N...
Andrew Nason
as Australian Tourist N...
Dorothy Thorsen
as Blue-Haired Woman
Jeff Dornan
as Taxi Driver
Jay Laga'aia
as Helicopter Pilot
Marea Lambert-Baker
as Flight Attendant
John Walton
as Evil Captor
Jon-Claire Lee
as Business Passenger
Craig Marriott
as Pharmacy Delivery Gu...
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Critic Reviews for Nim's Island

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (28)

Foster proves adept at broad physical comedy, the animated sequences charm, and codirectors Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett send up the make-believe Rover with panache.

Full Review… | December 17, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's a wondrous and warmhearted adventure story with some nifty special effects and some first-rate performances.

April 7, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

There's a lot to like about spunky Breslin, even when she's unnecessarily recapping events or recapitulating Home Alone as she chases caricatured cruise-ship tourists from her island. She's a charismatic, energetic presence at the heart of the film

Full Review… | April 7, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

a nice choice for family movie night if you have kids who haven't yet reached their teens

Full Review… | January 21, 2015
7M Pictures

The material isn't up to the level of the film's lead, Abigail Breslin.

Full Review… | July 26, 2012

Overplayed: there are entirely too many beaming smiles and emotional flip-outs...the only reason to see this movie is Foster, whose overplaying somehow succeeds at charming where her costars fail. [Blu-Ray]

Full Review… | August 11, 2008
Groucho Reviews

Audience Reviews for Nim's Island

Completely unbelievable movie but my daughter loved Nim and all the animals.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

There's not a lot of adventure in Nim's Island but there is a lot of character development and although it might be confusing for some, the acting and script just about save's it.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


Your adventure starts here.

This movie is basically for a kids audience, in order to really grasp it's full magic you have to be a kid. The film uses alot of imagination which is cool if your a kid but for a grownup like me it didn't really moved me or made me love it more. The story was nice and it had some funny moments.

Nim's Island tells the story of a young girl named Nim (Abigail Breslin). She lives on a beautiful uncharted island with her father Jack Rusoe (Gerard Butler), a research scientist studying microscopic marine organisms. She spends her days having wild adventures in the woods along with her animal friends, Fred the lizard, Galileo the pelican, and Selki the seal, and her wild imagination. Nim has a huge passion for books, especially the Alex Rover books. Jack is about to take Nim on a two day research trip looking for protozoa, but Nim begs to be left behind so she can help the hatching baby sea turtles. Jack reluctantly leaves Nim behind and sails out to sea. While he is away, Alexandra Rover (Jodie Foster) the author of the Rover books emails Jack to get his knowledge about volcanoes for her next book. Nim replies thinking he is the great adventurer Alex Rover. Everything goes well until a huge storm hits the island and Jack becomes lost at sea. Nim sends a letter to her literary hero pleading for help. Little does Nim know, that Alex Rover is a woman (Jodie Foster). Alexandra is agoraphobic and never leaves the house. She rarely even opens her front door. Alex also has a wild immagination, whereas her fictional character Alex Rover (also Gerard Butler) talks to her, mocks her, and gives her pep talks. When they find Nim's Letter, fictional Alex badgers Alexandra until he finally convinces her to leave the confines of her townhouse to go and help Nim. After a long and terrifying journey, both of the Alex's make it to Nim's Island and try to help. Will they find Nim's father? Find out by going to see Nim's Island.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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