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Based on 11 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    This well-intentioned tween-friendly message movie is earnest to a fault. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    An entertaining, well-made plea for tolerance told from the point of view of a 12-year-old. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    Written and directed by Mike Pavone, with a fine, understated, atypical performance by Ed Harris, it may be a feel-good family picture centered on kids, but it offers talismans to live by for people of all ages. show more

  • 63
    Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel

    A winning narration (read by Greg Kinnear) holds things together. And there's just enough script for a good cast to run with. Harris and Madigan lift the whole enterprise just by being who and what they are - great actors. show more

  • 40
    Stephen Garrett Time Out New York

    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. show more

  • 70
    Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

    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. show more

  • 60
    Village Voice

    The writing hits the weeds on occasion, but Pavone evokes with feeling adolescence as a series of outlandish physical punishments and sweetly remembered firsts. show more

  • 60
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    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. show more

  • 50

    Benefits from sensitive, restrained thesping, most notably by Ed Harris, and leaves one feeling blandly inspired. show more

  • 33
    The A.V. Club

    It's a dogged family entertainment determined to teach lessons about tolerance and how it should be extended to everyone, even redheads, gay people, and kids with cooties. show more

  • September 05, 2011 pep5rodriguez
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    Critics said 53%.. Where do they get these Critics from? This was great Movie period !!!!

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