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Project Nim Reviews

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Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
January 21, 2016
Just like he did in Man on Wire, James Marsh tells this story in a fluid and organic manner. [Full review in Portuguese]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
I was rooting for the film to end with a shot of the Statue of Liberty on a beach.
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
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
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
Phil Hall
EDGE Boston
February 20, 2012
A tragic chronicle of animal abuse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Josh Larsen
February 7, 2012
Like an orphan out of Dickens, Nim is a sorrowful figure buffeted by the winds of the greedy, selfish and more powerful...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 16, 2012
One of the 10 best films of 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Top Critic
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
January 4, 2012
This haunting life story is an exquisite example of non-fiction filmmaking as full-bodied, emotionally complex drama.
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
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 9, 2011
Nim's story is so fascinating and telling... that it would probably be impossible for even the very worst of filmmakers to screw it up, and Marsh is not the worst of filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
James Croot
December 7, 2011
Writer-director James Marsh mines yet another long-forgotten slice of '70s madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
November 14, 2011
It is the sad story of an animal whose fate is left in the hands of people--some well-meaning, some not so much--who are error-prone, unprepared for dealing with a chimpanzee, and often uncaring.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 12, 2011
In a way, Nim's life journey mirrors our own, particularly if we end up alone, no longer having much control over what happens to us.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
October 18, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Leah Rozen
October 7, 2011
Project Nim nimbly serves up a profoundly sad tale that raises as many thought-provoking questions as it answers.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
October 2, 2011
This tale of a hard done by chip places a light on when unethical scientific research and the post 1960s counterculture combine to create an experiment done wrong in Project Nim.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 1, 2011
...succeeds as theater, as entertainment, but it doesn't really attempt what Terrace tried, in his admittedly morally clumsy way. What is the light in those feral eyes and what does it mean? Can we ever hope to know?
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
September 30, 2011
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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