Project Nim Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
July 3, 2011
It's dispiriting to see James Marsh deploy a rhetorical strategy of simply assuming human/chimp equivalence in order to stoke outrage at Nim's post-experiment treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Cabin
July 7, 2011
another singular case exploited and expanded to look ordinary
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
December 9, 2011
There is no question Nim was exploited for human gain, yet there are important aspects which Marsh leaves unexplored.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 25, 2013
If there's one thing Marsh knows, it's how to reach your deepest emotions. He did it with 'Man on Wire,' and he does it again here.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Cory Everett
The Playlist
July 10, 2013
This smart doc should prove the perfect summer antidote to most of summer's films that require you to turn your brain off to enjoy them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013
A fascinating, unflinching and tragic documentary about the chimpanzee we tried to make human.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Ward
September 29, 2011
Project Nim tells a sweet, strange and sad story of an incredible creature that will touch even the hardest of hearts.
Michael Dunaway
Paste Magazine
July 16, 2011
Fascinating and exquisitely executed.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Shaun Munro
What Culture
January 9, 2012
This is one of those great documentaries which could be transposed almost without change into a heartbreaking Hollywood tearjerker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 9, 2011
Gives us jolt of clarity into our 'playing God' actions, one filled initially with both hope then despair that ultimately makes you ashamed to be human.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Molly Eichel
Philadelphia Daily News
July 21, 2011
As Nim's story turns from scientifically compelling to tragic, Marsh is able to craft a drama that appeals even to those who aren't exactly card-carrying members of PETA.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
July 18, 2011
Very strong and takes more than a few pages out of the Errol Morris playbook.
Simon Miraudo
September 8, 2011
For a movie about an ape, it sheds an interesting light on humanity. Animals may be wild, but only humans are cruel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press
July 26, 2011
Project Nim provides the much needed backstory to modern scientific achievement unavoidably earned on the backs of innocent apes.
July 23, 2011
It's the scab of decades-old tension between those involved in the experiment and its aftermath that Marsh wants to pick at; and it doesn't take much prodding before the conflicts and petty human jealousies rise to the top.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Martyn Conterio
Little White Lies
August 11, 2011
One of the best documentaries of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Croot
December 7, 2011
Writer-director James Marsh mines yet another long-forgotten slice of '70s madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Buckle
The Skinny
August 10, 2011
Nim's journey is profoundly moving...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
I was very moved by this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 6, 2011
Here's a documentary so slick, novel, touching and outrageous that your first thought might be "This has to be fake."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark R. Leeper
April 5, 2012

Urban Cinefile
May 11, 2012
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