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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 bigAnything 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
    75
    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: Robert Wilonsky
    60
    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.
  5. Such an air of dumbness hovers over the movie, and it's all played so broadly that nothing about it is remotely believable.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    50
    Foster seems to be having real fun, twitching and skittering around, that steel jaw of hers comically tense. But this family movie shouldn't be about a shut-in trying to get from A to B; it needs to be about an unconventional girl growing up and helping an equally unconventional grownup cut loose on a volcanic island. Sadly, Nim's Island is a missed opportunity.
  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: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Dec 23, 2014
    10
    Nim's Island is more of an adventure movie more then a comedy! more thrills then laughs. This movie is definite crowd pleasing adventure withNim's Island is more of an adventure movie more then a comedy! more thrills then laughs. This movie is definite crowd pleasing adventure with a tropical vibe and all of these B list cast actors Abgail Breslin, Jodie Foster and 300's Gerald Butler are actors who don't even git a **** for an Oscar all they want is to have fun on the island and give a good performance i understand. grade B+ Expand
  2. KatieD.
    Nov 30, 2008
    10
    I liked Nim's Island because my favorite part was the flying lizards! Katie, age 6.
  3. AriN.
    May 18, 2008
    9
    It was a cool movie. I liked it because it was a thriiler adventuere. I really thought it should have gotten a better review. -ari
  4. ChadS.
    Apr 7, 2008
    7
    Who the hell does Jack Rusoe(Gerald Butler) think he is? MacGyver? "Nim's Island" comes equipped with two teams of screenwriters. Maybe, Who the hell does Jack Rusoe(Gerald Butler) think he is? MacGyver? "Nim's Island" comes equipped with two teams of screenwriters. Maybe, just maybe, the original pair of scribes preferred that Nim Rusoe(Abigail Breslin) be given the "Castaway" treatment, rather than have "Nim's Island" be a sort of "Home Alone on a Deserted Island", especially when the loner girl shoos away a boatload of tourists. For dramatic purposes, her father should be kept off-screen for the duration that he's lost at sea. But, alas, "Nim's Island" is a children's movie. And yet, Jodie Foster gives such an inspired comedic performance as a reclusive Emily Dickinson-type writer, a tension is created between the two narratives, because Alexandra Rover's story seems aimed at adults. Since Foster raises the game, you'll want Nim to exhibit the same psychological realism as Alexandra, an agraphobic, who's forced to become a hero like her alter-ego. But the island-alone girl never seems truly terrified at her prospects of being a sudden orphan. Neither do we, because "Nim's Island" includes Jack's progress with his leaky boat. There's never any doubt about his safety thanks to an anthromorphic(read: Disneyesque) pelican. It's a shame that the filmmakers didn't give the target audience a little more credit and throw more harm towards Nim's way, because Foster gives an Oscar-caliber performance in what essentially becomes a throwaway film. Expand
  5. Mar 8, 2014
    7
    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 itsNim'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
  6. Oct 18, 2010
    6
    it won't bring new people to like this movie, but it was definitely worth a try.
  7. DecepticonPom
    May 5, 2008
    1
    I've been seeing plenty of family movies with my nephew and niece recently and enjoyed some surprisingly decent romps but this is I've been seeing plenty of family movies with my nephew and niece recently and enjoyed some surprisingly decent romps but this is meanderring tosh! Jodie Foster is squandered on a potentially great role that ultimately serves no purpose whatsoever than to hang a tugidly flimsy and unexplored possible romance in the last 5 seconds. Garbage! Expand

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