• PG, 1 hr. 41 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Michael Pavone
    In Theaters:
    Apr 29, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    May 16, 2011
  • Samuel Goldwyn Films


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That's What I Am Reviews

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Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The only half-decent picture to come out of World Wrestling Entertainment's years-long experiment with making movies

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 13, 2013
Carrie R. Wheadon
Common Sense Media

Message movie about tolerance has a few mature themes.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

April 4, 2012
Ed Whitfield
What Culture

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 Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2/5

July 12, 2011
Brent Simon

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 Source: Shockya.com | Original Score: C-

May 21, 2011
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 9, 2011
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine

Charming but conventionally plotted, it's a gentle ride that's lit up by compelling turns from Harris and Ellison.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

May 9, 2011
Fred Topel
Screen Junkies

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.

Full Review Source: Screen Junkies

May 7, 2011
Cole Smithey

[VIDEO] ...an awkwardly plotted drama that doesn't satisfactorily resolve the prickly social conditions it professes to explore.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C-

April 30, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

April 29, 2011
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

A charming, inspirational indie (with a terrific performance by Ed Harris)...upholding such time-honored principles as tolerance, human dignity and compassion.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: B+

April 29, 2011
David Noh
Film Journal International

What we learn here is that bullying is definitely, but definitely, a bad thing. Sadly, so is this film.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 29, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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An entertaining, well-made plea for tolerance...

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 29, 2011
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 28, 2011
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 28, 2011
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: D+

April 28, 2011
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An emotionally affecting coming-of-age drama set in the 1960s about the importance of the many splendored virtue of respect.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

April 27, 2011
Stephen Garrett
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

April 27, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Nothing turns out as you might expect, and the plot twists provide unexpected suspense.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 3/4

April 27, 2011
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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The writing hits the weeds on occasion, but Pavone evokes with feeling adolescence as a series of outlandish physical punishments and sweetly remembered firsts.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 26, 2011
Lael Loewenstein
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Agreeable, uplifting and earnest almost to a fault.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 21, 2011
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