Project Nim
Project Nim (2011)

From the team behind Man on Wire comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 7, 2012
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Equal parts hilarious, poignant, and heartbreaking, Project Nim not only tells a compelling story masterfully, but also raises the flag on the darker side of human nature.

David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

This haunting life story is an exquisite example of non-fiction filmmaking as full-bodied, emotionally complex drama.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

You end up fearing for the humans who contact him. At the same time, you feel his rage.

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Cory Everett
The Playlist

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.

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Leah Rozen
TheWrap

Project Nim nimbly serves up a profoundly sad tale that raises as many thought-provoking questions as it answers.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

You're left with the impression that, despite not being able to grasp basic human grammar, perhaps Nim was unwittingly conditioned into understanding the concept of love.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This many-faceted time capsule sheds little light, but buried inside it are vexing questions and the still-beating heart of a special creature.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

For the second film in a row, Marsh has created a movie we can't keep our eyes off.

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Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground

A fascinating, unflinching and tragic documentary about the chimpanzee we tried to make human.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"I thought wouldn't it be exciting to communicate with a chimp and find out what it was thinking."</i> Tells the story of a… More
c0up  
'Project Nim'. A chimp raised as a human child and then senselessly moved and emotionally mistreated. For "science". Devastating.
Matthew Slaven
Four million dogs and cats out of the eight million that enter America's shelters are euthanized each year. If a number alone doesn't stir your… More
Greg S
Documentary about Nim, a chimp who was raised as a human, taught sign language, and then abandoned and shuffled around to a series of temporary homes, unsuited… More
Anthony Lawrie
James Marsh is fast becoming the documenterian to look out for, Project Nim is a fantastic follow up to his brilliant man on Wire. Project Nim is a very… More
Liam Gadd
The new documentary from James Marsh (director of 2008's Man on Wire) is poignant, funny, engaging and at times unsettling. Nim, a chimpanzee who was used… More

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