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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. KatieD.
    Nov 30, 2008
    I liked Nim's Island because my favorite part was the flying lizards! Katie, age 6.
  2. TonyB.
    Apr 22, 2008
    A marvelous fantasy with outstanding performances by Abigail Breslin and a revelatory Jodie Foster.
  3. AriN.
    May 18, 2008
    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
    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. Oct 18, 2010
    it won't bring new people to like this movie, but it was definitely worth a try.
  6. JayH.
    Aug 1, 2008
    Okay, so it's nothing great, but it's fun, entertaining, well made and enjoyable. Good cinematography. Imaginative and fun, a bit too far fetched. Good acting, but Abigail Breslin's performance is stiff and unenthusiastic. Expand
  7. DecepticonPom
    May 5, 2008
    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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