I Am (2011)

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I AM, a prismatic and probing exploration of our world, what's wrong with it, and what we can do to make it better, represents Tom Shadyac's first foray into non-fiction following a career as one of Hollywood's leading comedy practitioners, with such successful titles as "Ace Ventura," "Liar Liar," and "Bruce Almighty" to his credit. I AM recounts what happened to the filmmaker after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged a … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Documentary , Television , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Shadyac
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 30, 2010
Box Office: $1.6M
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for I Am

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (20)

Whatever leaps of logic yawn in the film's poorly cobbled-together arguments are papered over by its wash of button-pushing images, from regimented soldiers and deadly explosions to flocks of wild geese and sunbeams breaking through the clouds.

Full Review… | December 13, 2011
Variety
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What "I Am" is wanting is a sense that it actually wrestles with anything, that it can stand up to a contrary point of view that the film's 76 minutes are so utterly lacking.

Full Review… | May 7, 2011
Orlando Sentinel
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I Am is looking for a little bit of hope in this world. Happily, it finds some. A great deal actually.

Full Review… | April 29, 2011
Detroit News
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An open heart can be a recipe for ridicule, particularly in a culture where consumption is mistaken for a moral imperative.

Full Review… | April 29, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Happily, the frisky Shadyac does not sermonize. He is a puckish Sherpa to the frontiers of science and faith.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer
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I'm not an ideal viewer for a documentary like "I Am," which involves the ingestion of Woo Woo in industrial bulk. When I see a man whose mind is being read by yogurt, I expect to find that man in a comedy starring, oh, someone like Jim Carrey.

Full Review… | April 21, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for I Am

Famed comedic director Tom Shadyac's entry in to documentary filmmaking is an interesting one. With I Am, his scope is big-- a dissection of the world's problems, the mechanisms behind those problems, and the solutions to them. Through interviews with scientists, philosophers, and spiritual leaders, he paints a rather broad canvass that spans from philosophical to metaphysical.

What I felt I Am was weak in was its presentation of talking heads and their insights in to the world's problems. Many obvious things were said, "poverty", "way", "hunger", yet there wasn't much of a dissection in to those specific issues. Saying, for example, that capitalism is exaggerates these problems is politically correct, yet logically unfound. The film contained too many of these large pronouncements, which distracted from what the film did right. It simply stated many things as fact without backing them up--what about, for example, the higher standard of living produced by capitalistic nations in comparison to the more "egalitarian" governments?

The strongest part of I AM was, undoubtedly, the exploration of quantum theory and some of the new revelations that have come to light. The power of consciousness and its relation to reality is immense, and the film did a good job explaining this. Had the film focused more on this, and less on the platitudes, it would have been all the stronger.

Overall, thought-provoking, but uneven.

3/5 Stars

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