Project Nim

Project Nim

From the Oscar-winning 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. 3.9 out of 5 based on 13 reviews
Project Nim

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Certificate 12A
Genre Documentary
Director James Marsh
Cast Bern Cohen, Reagan Leonard Bob Angelini
Studio Roadhouse Productions
Release Date August 2011
Running Time 93 mins
 

From the Oscar-winning 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.

Reviews

The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

Stunningly watchable

08/11/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

A gripping documentary. The chimp comes out of it well. Homo sapiens, of course, is found wanting.

08/11/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

You may scent the feral breath of Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man, though homicide was, perhaps unfortunately, avoided.

08/12/2011

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The Independent on Sunday

Tim Walker

This remains a melancholy film that shares with Rise... a grim assessment of the prospects for inter-species multiculturalism. If you're human (or if you share, say, 94 per cent of human DNA), it will break your heart.

29/08/2011

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The Los Angeles Times

Kenneth Turan

What makes this film especially engrossing is that what happened between that chimp and the humans with whom he spent his life in intimate contact turns out to be only half the story that Marsh, who directed the electrifying "Man on Wire," has to tell.

29/08/2011

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Empire Magazine

Dan Jolin

Despite the central subject, this is very much a human drama, and it’s most compelling for the way it shows how Nim formed and affected relationships with and among the non-chimp players. It’s tragic, though, that this particular ape’s misadventure on the Planet Of The Humans couldn’t have been fictional.

29/08/2011

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

Director James Marsh takes no sides but lets the humans speak for themselves, rum lot that they are. With the best of motives, they succeeded in behaving pretty badly. Not chimps but chumps, in fact.

08/12/2011

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The Sunday Express

Henry Fitzherbert

James Marsh’s poignant film showcases the best and worst instincts of human nature and tells an extraordinary tale.

08/12/2011

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The Times

Wendy Ide

Marsh’s film is clear-eyed, unsentimental and devastatingly powerful.

08/12/2011

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

It is much more compelling in its study of a particular section of the human zoo: conceited American academics of the 1970s.

29/08/2011

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Total Film

Jonathan Crocker

08/03/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

It's a fascinating story, much more engaging than Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but rather irritatingly told.

29/08/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robet

As a cinema experience, Project Nim was never likely to reach the heights of Marsh’s Man on Wire, but the eccentricities of his story made it well worth telling.

08/11/2011

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