Project Nim (2011) - Documentary

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Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s.

IMDB: 7.4
Director: James Marsh
Stars: Nim Chimpsky, Stephanie LaFarge
Length: 93 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 2 out of 32 found boring (6.25%)

One-line Reviews (26)

The documentary is really interesting on paper, but I really felt it dragged for some while and wasn't as entertaining as other recent documentaries.

Man on Wire kept me interested in how Petit was able to achieve his goal, he was a very charismatic figure, and on the other hand Project Nim was kind of slow paced and didn't have any interesting characters rather than the Chimp himself.

James Marsh's 2010 Project Nim: compelling documentary footage from the 1970s cut with here-they-are-now talking heads.

The very idea of a chimp being brought up in human society is a fascinating one.

The first stretch of the film is utterly fascinating though as the scientists wax poetic about communicating with animals and as we see Nim's progress.

Compelling documentary...

fascinating insightful .

Misguided as the scientists involved with Nim were, their ideas and goals are intriguing and as a documentary, 'Project Nim' might have played out better with their intentions in focus.

This movie was extremely compelling from the start, and very moving throughout.

James Marsh's 2008 Man On Wire: compelling documentary footage from the 1970s cut with here-they-are-now talking heads.

This one tells a story that is as intriguing as a feature film.

Worst movie ever.

All the same, his eventful early life has provided filmmaker James Marsh with the material for a fine documentary, as intense and involving as a first-rate fiction film; this one plays like it might have been scripted by Arthur C.

Since Nim was both an experimental subject and, at least for a few years, a chimp célèbre in his own right, Marsh had plenty of video clips to choose from; only purists will object to a couple of Errol Morris–style reenactments, and the interviews with the participants, thirty-odd years later, are fascinating.

Boring and depressing .

¨I thought wouldn't it be exciting to communicate with a chimp and find out what it was thinking.

That film was very suspenseful and really hooked my attention.

This is a very good and engaging film.

An engaging and powerful film.

Nim seemed to interact in so many subtle and fascinating ways during the process of his teaching, and he seemed to teach a great deal to all of the assistants who gave him their care.

This documentary is described on the poster as Great , Powerful and breathtaking .

The story that unfolds, is very engaging and might leave you with strong feelings.

He does adapt, but he is just too strong and unpredictable to be part of human society.

The emotional brutality shown towards Nim, particularly by Columbia Professor Hubert Terrace, is breathtaking.

It's a story that is simultaneously fascinating and terribly sad.

All in all I found it a fascinating cautionary tale.