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That's What I Am Reviews

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 13, 2013
The only half-decent picture to come out of World Wrestling Entertainment's years-long experiment with making movies
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Carrie R. Wheadon
Common Sense Media
April 4, 2012
Message movie about tolerance has a few mature themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Whitfield
What Culture
July 12, 2011
That's What I Am isn't a movie, sadly, it's an unreconstructed piece of television and one that's suffused with the values of the US networked shows of yesteryear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
May 21, 2011
It means to be an earnest, uplifting family film, but the movie evinces a fitful attention span, and director Mike Pavone never comes up with a way to successfully stitch together all its disparate, capital-I issues.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
May 9, 2011
The latest (and by far most sneaky) attempt to slip one of its wrestlers into multiplexes, WWE Films' That's What I Am is surprisingly low on testosterone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
May 9, 2011
Charming but conventionally plotted, it's a gentle ride that's lit up by compelling turns from Harris and Ellison.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fred Topel
Screen Junkies
May 7, 2011
WWE Films went really highbrow with their latest movie... This is WWE's take on Gandhi!... Truly touching, which is not something I could say about 12 Rounds or The Condemned.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 30, 2011
[VIDEO] ...an awkwardly plotted drama that doesn't satisfactorily resolve the prickly social conditions it professes to explore.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 29, 2011
Since a large portion of the film is taken up with the theme of school bullying, it may have some contemporary relevance, but good intentions do not always a good movie make.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
April 29, 2011
A charming, inspirational indie (with a terrific performance by Ed Harris)...upholding such time-honored principles as tolerance, human dignity and compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
David Noh
Film Journal International
April 29, 2011
What we learn here is that bullying is definitely, but definitely, a bad thing. Sadly, so is this film.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 29, 2011
An entertaining, well-made plea for tolerance...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
April 28, 2011
A forgettable title and a barely there theatrical release don't do justice to the captivating and nostalgic coming-of-age dramedy "That's What I Am"...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 28, 2011
Mr. Harris's depiction of a saintly, soft-spoken, bow-tie-wearing middle-school teacher lends the movie a moral weight it probably couldn't have summoned had another actor played the role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
April 28, 2011
A placard preceding the film's title card assures that it's "inspired by true events," but the note is unnecessary, given the limpness of the narrative arcs. Who would make up such an anticlimactic story?
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 27, 2011
An emotionally affecting coming-of-age drama set in the 1960s about the importance of the many splendored virtue of respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
April 27, 2011
Lessons are learned, bullies get their comeuppance, and every Wonder Years plot device is trotted out for maximum and-I-was-never-the-same-again nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 27, 2011
Nothing turns out as you might expect, and the plot twists provide unexpected suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
April 26, 2011
The writing hits the weeds on occasion, but Pavone evokes with feeling adolescence as a series of outlandish physical punishments and sweetly remembered firsts.
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April 21, 2011
Agreeable, uplifting and earnest almost to a fault.
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