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      Project Nim

      PG-13 Released Jul 8, 2011 1 hr. 39 min. Documentary List
      97% 146 Reviews Tomatometer 84% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score In the 1970s, professor Herb Terrace and his team raise a baby chimp as a human child, as part of an experiment intended to break the language barrier between animals and people. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jul 25 Buy Now

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      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.

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      Thomas M The best documentary movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/26/22 Full Review jon c A chimpanzee can teach us the meaning of being human Director James Marsh helms the story of Chimpsky, a baby chimp separated from his mother and other siblings at a young age in 1973 Communicating with a chimpanzee became a landmark experiment and Stephanie Lafarge does just that just coming out of Columbus University Her daughter Jenny Lee even shared her insight on the whole experience It's rocky at first but that's all part of it; things like this take time to develop that special bond This documentary explores the language humans share with animals but with Nim it's all about establishing a relationship based on sign language Nim wasn't a pet but treated like an actual member of the family He could sense others feelings but also be kinda mischievous Yet as an animal he's still capable of going wild at any time, Nim would get temper tantrums and go on a rampage Nobody keeps a chimpanzee fit more than 5 years because they can be very unpredictable with their strength and behavior This ape would test the nature vs nurture hypothesis making headlines and media coverage By the 1970s Nim's attitudes started to change drastically and extra precautions had to be taken Chimps are like us being very hedonistic The documentary is shocking, beautiful, awespiring, warm, and tragic There's a bond between man and animal that is fascinating to learn about despite all its shortcomings No one says it'll be easy as it takes patience, commitment, dedication, tolerance, and authority Nim is a unique case study because he's more than just a wild animal and shows how we all treat animals attempting to avoid the darker side of human nature Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Movie made me angry. The psychologist should have been caged. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review adam b An amazing documentary with a revolutionary true life study. Quite heartfelt as well Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Good but infuriating documentary. There's a deep irony in these humans trying to investigate an animal's capacity for higher functions while they themselves fail to plan or communicate properly or be self-aware. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 10/10/18 Full Review Audience Member This movie is on like any other documentary, very intellectually simulating. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Deborah Ross The Spectator This is a compelling and engrossing film but, like I said, it's not pretty, and it will break your heart. It broke my heart and, I'm not going to lie, I full-on wept. Aug 31, 2018 Full Review David Rooney Hollywood Reporter This haunting life story is an exquisite example of non-fiction filmmaking as full-bodied, emotionally complex drama. Jan 4, 2012 Full Review Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle There is no question Nim was exploited for human gain, yet there are important aspects which Marsh leaves unexplored. Rated: 2.5/5 Dec 9, 2011 Full Review Eve Tushnet Patheos The filmmaker doesn't actually hold these foolish humans' emotions, longings and aspirations in contempt... Jul 1, 2021 Full Review Dustin Chang Floating World Nim is obviously a sentient being and also a wild animal. While not making a villain out of just one person, Marsh reflects on how we tend to treat animals in general. It's a heartbreaking doc and one of the year's best. Mar 21, 2021 Full Review Jordan M. Smith Sleek editing and a wealth of archival footage unveil a sad, and thought-provoking tale of humans overstepping their reach in the name of science without regard to the well being of other living creatures. Rated: 4/5 Nov 19, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis In the 1970s, professor Herb Terrace and his team raise a baby chimp as a human child, as part of an experiment intended to break the language barrier between animals and people.
      James Marsh
      Executive Producer
      John Battsek, Andrew Ruhemann, Jamie Laurenson, Nick Fraser, Hugo Grumbar
      Elizabeth Hess
      Roadside Attractions
      Production Co
      Red Box Films
      PG-13 (Drug Content|Disturbing Images|Some Strong Language|Thematic Elements)
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 8, 2011, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 3, 2015
      Box Office (Gross USA)
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