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  • Summary: Anything can happen on Nim's Island, a magical place ruled by a young girl's imagination. It is an existence that mirrors that of Nim's favorite literary character, Alex Rover, the world's greatest adventurer. But Alexandra, the author of the Rover books, leads a reclusive life in the big city. When Nim's father goes missing from their island, a twist of fate brings her together with Alexandra. Now, they must draw courage from their fictional hero, Alex Rover, and find strength in each other to conquer Nim's Island. (Fox Walden) Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Exhilarating and enchanting family picture. It's the best I've seen this year and highly recommended for girls and for boys, too.
  2. Reviewed by: Leah Greenblatt
    It's hard to imagine kids not enjoying the good-hearted, lovingly shot fantasy of it all, and Breslin is charming, though most viewers past puberty will likely yearn to be voted off the Island.
  3. Boys adventure stories are a dime (store novel) a dozen, but girls adventure tales are rare things indeed.
  4. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Smarter than it sounds and carried by a very funny performance by Foster, this is a kids’ movie that’s bearable for adults too.
  5. 50
    Strictly for the 8-and-under crowd.
  6. Sweet but ho-hum adaptation of Wendy Orr’s novel, a comedy-adventure that never quite finds its tone.
  7. The movie's dated, stereotypical comedy often contradicts its wholesome intentions, coming across as laboriously cutesy and occasionally perverse.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Apr 13, 2011
    It's mostly Home Alone on a tropical island with perhaps a touch of Mowgli. It's all rather Disneyesque but the talented Abigail Breslin and the charming setting keep it entertaining enough to watch. Jodie Foster's performance as an agoraphobic writer, however, takes the movie that extra mile. Well above the usual family fare. Expand
  2. Mar 8, 2014
    Nim's Island is engaging for the most part, and the story isn't half bad. The execution is about right, and the movie almost lives up to its full potential. Expand
  3. Oct 18, 2010
    it won't bring new people to like this movie, but it was definitely worth a try.
  4. Nov 15, 2013
    Nim's Island is an uninteresting fairy tale.
    The movie starts off at an odd concept that doesn't seem very logical. The acting is somewhat
    over done do to a lack of good dialogue in the script. The ending result is an okay family movie that could have been far better with improved writing. It feels like a children's storybook in real life. Expand

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