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A woman is brought to civilization after spending her life in the wilds in this drama. Dr. Jerome Lovell (Liam Neeson) happens upon a shack deep in the woods, where he discovers a strange woman who appears to be about 30, speaking an incomprehensible language. The woman, named Nell (Jodie Foster), was raised in the cabin by her late mother, who was incapacitated by strokes (Nell speaks English, but distorted -- as it was by her mother's infirmities); with the exception of her twin sister, who died as a child, Nell has had contact with no other human being. Lovell brings in a psychiatrist,… More

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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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