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: July 8, 2011
DVD 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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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Just like he did in Man on Wire, James Marsh tells this story in a fluid and organic manner. [Full review in Portuguese]

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Leah Rozen

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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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

I was rooting for the film to end with a shot of the Statue of Liberty on a beach.

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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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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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
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
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
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
'Project Nim'. A chimp raised as a human child and then senselessly moved and emotionally mistreated. For "science". Devastating.
Tracy Kenderdine
People who are genuinely fond of animals often do them the supreme disservice of ascribing human qualities to them, which strips them of their essential… More