• Project Nim (2011)

Project Nim

Release Date: July 8th, 2011

DVD Release Date: February 7th, 2012

PG-13 |1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary

In the 1970s, professor Herb Terrace and his team raise a baby chimp as a human child, as part of an experiment intended to break the language barrier between animals and people.

Director: James Marsh

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Red Box Films

Ratings & Reviews

  • 85
    Michelle OrangeMovieline

    "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

  • 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 TaylorNPR

    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

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Nominated Documentary
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)