Project Nim

2011

Project Nim

Critics Consensus

Equal parts hilarious, poignant, and heartbreaking, Project Nim not only tells a compelling story masterfully, but also raises the flag on the darker side of human nature.

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Total Count: 141
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From the team behind Man on Wire comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim's extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature - and indeed our own - is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling. -- (C) Roadside Attractions

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All Critics (141) | Top Critics (40)

  • This haunting life story is an exquisite example of non-fiction filmmaking as full-bodied, emotionally complex drama.

    Jan 4, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Tales of the attacks Nim inflicted on his many carers are horrific, but there is a pervasive sense there was nothing else they could have expected.

    Oct 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Project Nim nimbly serves up a profoundly sad tale that raises as many thought-provoking questions as it answers.

    Oct 7, 2011 | Full Review…

    Leah Rozen

    TheWrap
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  • The film teases us with a paradox: arguably Nim's keepers were wrong to try to endow their protege with human attributes, but can we empathise with his suffering without making the same mistake?

    Sep 30, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Marsh's film is as much a study of how we behave as a species as it is of what happens to Nim. And we don't come off particularly well.

    Sep 29, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This many-faceted time capsule sheds little light, but buried inside it are vexing questions and the still-beating heart of a special creature.

    Aug 12, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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