Nim's Island a Little Too Busy

Adventure film with plucky young heroine one for the tweeners
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2008 2:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – The spectacular scenery in Nim's Island impressed the critics, as did the film's focus on the pluck and intelligence of its young heroine (Abigail Breslin). Multiple storylines, however —about Nim's life in a Pacific paradise, her lost-at-sea father, and her relationship with an agoraphobic writer (Jodie Foster)—end up "diluting its assets," writes Carrie Rickey in the Philadelphia Inquirer

The tweener adventure film's roots in classics such as Robinson Crusoe are pretty obvious, but the story is one "kids will no doubt vicariously enjoy," writes Ann Hornaday in the Washington Post. Parents are likely to be reminded of an earlier time: "They don’t make ’em like this anymore—haven’t, really, since Jodie Foster starred in Freaky Friday," writes Robert Wilonsky of LA Weekly.