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Based on 33 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    After watching Project Nim, a distressing portrait of a misguided 1970s language experiment, you'll be glad you're not a chimp in a cage. But you might want to revoke your membership in the human race, which comes across as a narcissistic, hedonistic, self-absorbed, neglectful, anthropomorphizing and arrogant bunch of hippie-dippy know-it-alls. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    For the most part, though, the real people - the movers and shakers of Nim's world - are there to speak for themselves in the present as well as the past, and the main ones are, with a conspicuous exception, a sorry, self-serving lot. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Nim is as unforgettable as the treatment of him is unspeakable. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    If only this were a media-fueled tall tale and not one poor creature's lifelong nightmare. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    While this is fascinating material, it's the flawed human behavior it exposes that makes the story so compelling. And yet what elevates Marsh's film is the even-handedness of his perspective. show more

  • 85
    Ella Taylor NPR

    Nim's suffering is heartbreaking, but Marsh's melodramatic style, with its re-enactments and intense score, sometimes feels bombastic and overblown for a group of people who, aside from the frighteningly detached and morally careless Terrace, seem to be garden-variety neurotics and narcissists, more clueless than willfully cruel. show more

  • 85
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    "A chimp could not have a better mother," Terrace declares of his decision. The people in this film say stuff like that a lot. show more

  • 100
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Deep, disturbing and funny. show more

  • 100
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    Extraordinarily engaging but surprisingly sobering. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie suggests that humans benefitted little from Project Nim, and Nim himself not at all. show more

  • October 17, 2012 bm00000000130660
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    I just ate cheese, er I mean. Umm. yeah. So this seems like a useless waste of time, that is watching this film. Wouldn\'t any animal develop what ways we might teach them to communicate if we were to steal them/it at birth?

  • July 14, 2011 Dawn Forsythe
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    The chimp-human connection is frequently subject to human arrogance, sometimes cloaked in love, other times defined by science, and often supported by stupidity. Project Nim has it all. It makes awful reality, but a great movie! This is definitely my favorite movie of the year... ummm, decade.... ahhh, how about so far this century? See it.

  • July 13, 2011 mulder630
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    A fantastic movie. no scripted drama could do this story justice. HErt renching and hopeful a triumph. i

  • May 16, 2011 fn00000000090798
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    A 40 year old story that really comes across as silly by today\'s standards. Very poor directing. This movie looks like a cut-and-paste job, really. There was nothing to be learned, nothing that sheds a new light on today\'s mistreatment of animals, for example. Silly staff sexual inter-relationships get into this story and make the whole thing cheap and stupid.

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