Project Nim Synopsis
People raise a baby chimpanzee like a human child.
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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touching, complex

By kristinlems
The way NIM is treated across the decades is emblematic of how the social sciences in general have evolved - in the dreadful behaviorist stage, the NYU experimenter has no caring for Nim, the young...

leaves an impression on you

By triciaromero
this documentary made me experience virtually every emotion on the emotional spectrum. there were moments when you love what you're seeing, hate what you're seeing, are completely heartbroken then...

Project NiM

By puppetpec
This movie ROCKED!...

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Rated PG-13 | For Some strong language, drug content, thematic elements and disturbing images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Affecting chimpanzee docu is more than monkey business.
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