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The Secret of NIMH

HD   G Closed Captioning

Don Bluth

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About the Movie

Fun, drama and suspense come vividly to life in this enchanting animated fantasy, based on Robert O'Brien's award-winning tale of a timid mouse who becomes a heroine in spite of herself with the help of super-intelligent experimental rats from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 23
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Bluth and his animators, bless them, chose to revive an endangered art form -- classically detailed animation. They drew their characters exquisitely and gave them individual personalities. – Jeff Unger, Entertainment Weekly, Nov 20, 2013

Fresh: It is something gorgeous to look at. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Every character moves fluidly and imaginatively against an extravaganza of detailed background and dazzling effects, all emboldened by fascinating colored textures. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: It looks good, moves well, and delights our eyes. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Loved it as a kid, still love it

This is one of those movies that you need to NOT read the book first. It stands alone as a great movie. The book is good as well, but I find that I ruin the movie when I try and read the book and compare. Two different mediums - two different results. As a child, I thought of this as one of the more "grown up" movies I could watch. There are adult emotions and reactions being played out. Definitely a must watch.

Timeless and beautiful

This movie has a beautiful story which is much better than the children's films of today. It may not be as great as the book but try to think of one film that is better than the book that is was made from.


1 of my favs growing up and it's still enjoyable now.

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The Secret of NIMH
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 1982

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