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I Am Michael takes a determinedly balanced approach to its complex subject, and although the results don't always add up, they're anchored by strong work from James Franco. Read critic reviews

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Based on the fascinating, true-life story of Michael Glatze (James Franco), a gay activist who becomes an anti-gay Christian pastor.

Cast & Crew

James Franco
Michael Glatze
Emma Roberts
Rebekah Fuller
Jefferson Mays
Preacher Teacher
Mike Dusi
Producer
Lauren Selig
Executive Producer
Gus Van Sant
Executive Producer
Tim Kvasnosky
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Jake Shears
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Critic Reviews for I Am Michael

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  • The performances are uniformly good and Kelly's effort to tell an unbiased story is admirable, but I Am Michael ultimately delivers more in the way of talking points than drama.

    February 2, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Franco's fantastic here. He gives a fieriness to Michael as a gay advocate, then seamlessly slides into borderline madness as he starts accepting that the "voice" he hears is God's.

    January 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Kelly is finding his sea-legs as a director.

    January 27, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Despite some wooden line readings, Franco gives himself fully to the challenge of rendering Glatze with truth and resolve.

    January 26, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Mr. Franco broods and puzzles and vacillates. But he often seems abandoned by a director whose approach is so noncommittal and dramatically limp that it strands the actor, and his character, in a bland purgatory of conflicting motivations.

    January 26, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A soberly stylish, impressively non-judgmental portrait of a controversial real-life case of transformation.

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  • Feb 10, 2015
    A remarkably sympathetic and nuanced character study about an idealist LGBT activist who slowly becomes a pathetic shadow of himself due to fear and religion, and it is beautiful to see how the film never vilifies him, which would have been actually quite easy.
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