100

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Deep, disturbing and funny.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Nim is as unforgettable as the treatment of him is unspeakable.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
An engrossing and enraging drama of one chimpanzee and his life's journey across a landscape of human folly.
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85

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
"A chimp could not have a better mother," Terrace declares of his decision. The people in this film say stuff like that a lot.
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85

NPR

By Ella Taylor
Nim's suffering is heartbreaking, but Marsh's melodramatic style, with its re-enactments and intense score, sometimes feels bombastic and overblown for a group of people who, aside from the frighteningly detached and morally careless Terrace, seem to be garden-variety neurotics and narcissists, more clueless than willfully cruel.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A fascinating and in many ways tragic documentary, takes us back to one of the high-water marks of the apes-are-people-too era.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

While this is fascinating material, it's the flawed human behavior it exposes that makes the story so compelling. And yet what elevates Marsh's film is the even-handedness of his perspective.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
If only this were a media-fueled tall tale and not one poor creature's lifelong nightmare.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
After watching Project Nim, a distressing portrait of a misguided 1970s language experiment, you'll be glad you're not a chimp in a cage. But you might want to revoke your membership in the human race, which comes across as a narcissistic, hedonistic, self-absorbed, neglectful, anthropomorphizing and arrogant bunch of hippie-dippy know-it-alls.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
For the most part, though, the real people - the movers and shakers of Nim's world - are there to speak for themselves in the present as well as the past, and the main ones are, with a conspicuous exception, a sorry, self-serving lot.
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83 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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