Project Nim
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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 child. Following Nim's extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature - and indeed our own - is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling. -- (C) Roadside… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This haunting life story is an exquisite example of non-fiction filmmaking as full-bodied, emotionally complex drama."
‑ David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"You end up fearing for the humans who contact him. At the same time, you feel his rage."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Cory Everett, The Playlist
"A tragic chronicle of animal abuse."
‑ Phil Hall, EDGE Boston
"This is one of those great documentaries which could be transposed almost without change into a heartbreaking Hollywood tearjerker."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"Project Nim nimbly serves up a profoundly sad tale that raises as many thought-provoking questions as it answers."
‑ Leah Rozen, TheWrap
"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."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"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."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Like an orphan out of Dickens, Nim is a sorrowful figure buffeted by the winds of the greedy, selfish and more powerful..."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"There is no question Nim was exploited for human gain, yet there are important aspects which Marsh leaves unexplored."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"This many-faceted time capsule sheds little light, but buried inside it are vexing questions and the still-beating heart of a special creature."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"For the second film in a row, Marsh has created a movie we can't keep our eyes off."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"A fascinating, unflinching and tragic documentary about the chimpanzee we tried to make human."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"One of the 10 best films of 2011."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Nim's story is so fascinating and telling... that it would probably be impossible for even the very worst of filmmakers to screw it up, and Marsh is not the worst of filmmakers."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
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