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Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28

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  1. Oct 18, 2010
    it won't bring new people to like this movie, but it was definitely worth a try.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  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.

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    Despite its formula and flaws (chief among them Foster’s sitcom-campy performance), Nim’s Island is a perfectly pleasant, agreeably innocuous ’tweener adventure film.
  2. If you're an elementary schooler or someone who finds Gerard Butler irresistible even when fully clothed, Nim's Island may be a treat to watch. If not, it's likelier to be a chore.
  3. Breslin, so memorable in "Little Miss Sunshine," suffers the most. Skilled and reactive with humans, she doesn't quite muster the same engagement with her finned and flippered costars here.