As Cool as I Am

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  • Summary: A smart teenage girl comes of age in a small town with her self-centered parents who had her when they were teenagers.


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  2. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jun 6, 2013
    Familiar faces in supporting roles don't do much for the commercial prospects of this modest film, which feels like a made-for-TV version of the prototypical Sundance-aspiring quest for identity.
  2. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Jun 5, 2013
    Director Max Mayer doesn’t find a way to make the ritual traumas of adolescence feel new again.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jun 6, 2013
    Simplistic plotting, pedestrian visuals and poorly-handled melodrama do lend the project a cheap, made-for-TV feel, which is underscored by the fact that Danes and Marsden don’t seem obliged to turn in their best work.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 6, 2013
    Just when its parts should come together, As Cool as I Am crumbles to bits.
  5. Reviewed by: Tina Hassannia
    Jun 6, 2013
    The film is the cinematic equivalent of a teenager, making everything more melodramatic than it needs to be, and impatient with the subtle details of life.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jun 6, 2013
    Though darker elements loom in the shadows, nothing in this painfully sincere film is remotely affecting; just think of it as “My So-Called Strife.”
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  1. Nov 13, 2014
    "As Cool As I Am" 10 Scale Rating: 4.0 (Bad) ...

    The Good: The cast was solid and did a good job with what they had to work with. Sarah
    "As Cool As I Am" 10 Scale Rating: 4.0 (Bad) ...

    The Good: The cast was solid and did a good job with what they had to work with. Sarah Bolger was absolutely fantastic. I have seen very little of her, but if she turns in performances like this one, then I look forward to seeing more of her. The story is a decent one and the first half is extremely interesting and thought provoking.

    The Bad: It falls apart in the second act and goes from pretty good to bad. Parts of the story stop making sense and several characters suddenly become downright unlikeable. The ending was poorly done and abrupt. A lot of buildup with no pay off.