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Nim's Island

ages 10+ | 90 % Say It's Worth Your Time

Life is an adventure for a courageous youngster named Nim (Abigail Breslin), who lives on an exotic island with her marine-biologist father. and a menagerie of animal friends. When Nim's father goes missing, she turns to the only person she knows who can help her: adventurer Alex Rover (Gerard Butler). But what she doesn't know is that Alex Rover is really Alexandra (Jodie Foster), a timid recluse. Though faint of heart, Alexandra must find the courage within herself to come to Nim's aid.


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Genre: Adventure , Comedy , Fantasy

Director: Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin

Producer: Paula Mazur, Stephen Jones

Cast: Jodie Foster, Michael Carman, Anthony Simcoe, Gerard Butler, Christopher Baker, Abigail Breslin, Mark Brady

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    "Nim's Island" finds Foster trying to lighten up a bit, indulging her comic tendencies. Unfortunately, it's been a while and she's clearly trying too hard, as is this dopey children's fantasy/adventure film (an adaptation of Wendy Orr and Kerry Milard's book). There are some thrilling sequences, but it's equally groan-inducing as well.

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  • (Male) Crosswalk

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Though parts of the story seem familiar (wasn’t the writer in Romancing the Stone called upon to become an adventuress, too?), there are many sweet and unique aspects to the story that will render it an appealing choice for spring moviegoers.

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  • (Male) Plugged In

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    After crashing waves, cracking thunder, erupting volcanoes and even the moments of peaceful tropical splendor, kids will walk out with the message that courage and sacrificial love have important places in our lives. They're a part of every choice we make, and you can "be the hero of your own life story" if you make the right ones. That's a better take-away than a stuffy movie reviewer's thumbs up any day.

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  • ParentPreviews.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Luckily with only a couple of profanities and some moments of peril, this sun-baked script will likely meet the expectations of most family viewers. Foster's performance as the panic-driven author who learns to live the life she's only imagined and Butler's duel roles as dad and champion are both engaging. However, the bright spot in all this sea and sand is Breslin as Nim, who's resourceful and intrepid without being a bratty know-it-all. Competent enough to plug in the solar panels and reestablish power after a downpour, she still needs her father's care and the intervention of an adult -- even a frightfully inept one.

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  • Dove Foundation

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Abigail Breslin turns in a fine performance as young Nim, and Jodi Foster has some very funny moments including a scene when a spider appears on her computer. Gerard Butler is good too in his double role as both Nim’s dad and the fictional character Alex Rover. While the movie has some intense moments, it is a wholesome film and we happily award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. We suggest you get stranded on “Nim’s Island” at your local theater. It is an imaginative adventure all the way!

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  • ages 7+ | Worth Your Time

    Parents need to know that this kid-friendly adventure movie has some intense moments of peril (particularly during two scary storms) but is ultimately a positive story with a great role model for tween girls (and boys!). The book-and-science-loving 11-year-old heroine is left alone on a tropical island by her father (her mother died when she was a baby, which is explained in the opening sequence) and has to fend for herself when he's delayed in getting back to her. She gets scared and upset and even hurts herself, all of which may bother some young and/or sensitive kids, but she's also resourceful and not afraid to ask for help.

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  • (Female)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    I liked this a lot. I think it was better because I read the book first, unlike my parents. It had some funny parts, and a good twist.

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Okfor ages12+