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Nell (1994)

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The dilemmas involved in socializing a socially isolated individual are explored in this moving drama set in the Smokey mountains. Nell is not a "feral" child. She lived an isolated life in a remote mountain cabin beside a quiet lake with her mother, a hermit who suffered a series of strokes. She is discovered by Jerome Lovell, a doctor, who begins to observe her in secret. He is intrigued by her strange language which was influenced by her mother's aphasia. He is also intrigued by her hostile behavior when she is faced with strangers. His observations are interrupted by the intrusion of psychologist Paula Olsen. Together they work towards socializing Nell with the sad realization that their actions will steal Nell's innocence.
Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Drama
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Studio:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Cast

Liam Neeson
as Jerome Lovell
Natasha Richardson
as Paula Olsen
Richard Libertini
as Alexander Paley
Nick Searcy
as Todd Peterson
Robin Mullins
as Mary Peterson
Jeremy Davies
as Billy Fisher
O'Neal Compton
as Don Fontana
Sean Bridgers
as Mike Ibarra
Joe Inscoe
as Judge
Stephanie Dawn Wood
as Ruthie Lovell
Mary Lynn Riner
as Janet Baring
Al Wiggins
as Harry Goppel
Beth Bostic
as Jean Malinowski
Rob Buren III
as Stevie
Dana Stevens
as Rachel Weiss
Nicole Adair
as Autistic Child
Robin Rochelle
as Teacher
Susan Correll Hickerson
as Administrator
Marlon Jackson
as Male Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Nell

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (4)

Stunningly awful on almost every level.

Full Review… | January 20, 2007
eFilmCritic.com

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
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

July 14, 2003
About.com

Jodie Foster is totally immersing

April 27, 2003
Moviehole

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

April 14, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Interesting, with strong performances, though not thoroughly convincing

March 19, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Nell

½

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.
Spencer S.

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½

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

Red Lats
Red Lats

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Not a great movie.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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