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Nim's Island Reviews

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 17, 2008
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.
April 7, 2008
It's a wondrous and warmhearted adventure story with some nifty special effects and some first-rate performances.
April 7, 2008
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
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2008
Nim's Island is a win-win proposition: an entertaining, diverting adventure saga that offers excitement and a relatable heroine for children, and also will remind their parents of favorite classics from their own youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 4, 2008
A sweet-natured family adventure film that should be quite popular with the grade-school girls at which it's aimed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2008
Nim's aquatic adventures and those on land provide the majority of thrills in this exhilarating and enchanting family picture. It's the best I've seen this year and highly recommended for girls and for boys, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 4, 2008
It's worth spending 90 minutes on Nim's Island. You just wouldn't want to get stranded there.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 4, 2008
If only Nim's hero were more original, and its story more concise.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 4, 2008
Roughly what Romancing the Stone would have been like as a 1970s Disney flick had CGI been available, Nim's Island is strictly for the 8-and-under crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 4, 2008
Just when the movie needs real girl power, it leaves its heroine stranded.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 4, 2008
Nim's Island is a pleasant-enough jaunt for a family outing, but it never fully arrives at that 'perfect, secret world.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 4, 2008
Its characters, especially the youngest one, are engaging, and few adults are immune to childhood fantasies about secluded tropical isles.
April 4, 2008
The movie's dated, stereotypical comedy often contradicts its wholesome intentions, coming across as laboriously cutesy and occasionally perverse.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 4, 2008
There's a stiff, constructed feel to Nim's Island, a constant sense of assembly that keeps the film from ever feeling natural. And no matter how unbelievable a tale might be, it has to take on a reality of its own to work on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 4, 2008
The film's an oddity -- an engaging, slightly overcooked fantasy about a castaway-island girl and the agoraphobic San Francisco novelist who comes to her rescue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 4, 2008
The movie is not particularly rewarding for adults or children who believe that even a tale of fantastic events should be governed by plausibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 4, 2008
If Nim's Island were anything but a children's movie, the casting genius who suggested Jodie Foster as a potential love interest for Gerard Butler would be looking for a new occupation.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 4, 2008
I'm not going to quibble too much with a harmless adventure flick meant for tween girls. Then again, I'm not going to knock myself out recommending it, either.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 3, 2008
A slapdash amalgam of competing visual and storytelling styles, bizarre acting, egregious product placement (particularly for National Geographic) and negative stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 3, 2008
An eye-filling and heart-warming story
Read More | Original Score: B+
April 3, 2008
Even as the derivative roots of "Nim's Island" are clearly visible, kids will no doubt vicariously enjoy Nim's adventures and Edenic existence.
April 3, 2008
Directors Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin deliver some eye-catching fantasy sequences in the early scenes, but the film grows more mundane and the tone more uneven as it goes on.
Read More | Original Score: C
April 3, 2008
Keep your shirts on, ladies. You don't need to rent a child to see this mildly diverting, if middling, adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 3, 2008
Nim's Island is a movie for kids who like to think and read and use their imagination, and for parents who may be tired of family fare that's nothing but a litany of cutesy pop-culture references.
April 3, 2008
Nim's Island is a picturesque adventure-comedy that quickly capsizes under the weight of its obnoxious slapstick, pedestrian dialogue and general unwillingness to rise above stock ideas and situations.
April 3, 2008
Nim's Island is an old-fashioned kids' movie. Parents might find flaws, but the 12-and-younger set will find characters and a movie worth rooting for.
April 3, 2008
Despite its formula and flaws (chief among them Foster's sitcom-campy performance), Nim's Island is a perfectly pleasant, agreeably innocuous 'tweener adventure film.