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Set in the Smokey mountains, this moving drama chronicles the dilemmas involved in assimilating a socially isolated individual. Nell grew up in a remote mountain cabin with her hermit mother. After her mother dies, Nell is discovered by a doctor who is intrigued with her strange language and unusual behavior.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Stunningly awful on almost every level."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Jodie Foster is totally immersing"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Nell will startle you with its poignant message that we can all be angels bringing grace and trust and light into each other's lives."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Somber, ponderous, and pretentious, this is a clinical study of a wild woman (Jodie Foster) raised in the backwoods, far from the interference and contamination (according to the film) of Civilization. It's better to see Truffaut's Wild Child."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"I know I'm in a minority, but I sort of had fun with this movie."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Truly dismal"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Decent triumph over adversity movie. Nell has a unique disability."
‑ Fred Topel,
"Interesting, with strong performances, though not thoroughly convincing"
‑ Brian Mckay,
"Nell's bell knells when her stroke-victim mother drops dead at the beginning of the film."
‑ Brandon Judell, PopcornQ
More reviews for Nell on Rotten Tomatoes

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