Philip Bray
Leah Greenblatt
April 09, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Nim's Island

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
96 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/04/08
performer
Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler
director
Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Jennifer Flackett, Joseph Kwong, Mark Levin, Paula Mazur
genre
ActionAdventure, Kids and Family

We gave it an B

Abigail Breslin stars in Nim’s Island as a young girl living on a remote tropical outpost with only her scientist father (Gerard Butler) and a passel of anthropomorphized animal friends. When dad goes missing on a solo research trip, Nim reaches out to her literary hero, the dashing adventurer Alex Rover. Alex, it turns out, is actually an Alexandra — played as a neurotic, Purell-pumping agoraphobe by Jodie Foster. 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. B

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