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  • Summary: I AM, a probing exploration of our world, what’s wrong with it, and what we can do to make it better, represents Tom Shadyac’s first foray into non-fiction following a career as one of Hollywood’s leading comedy practitioners, with such successful titles as “Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” and “Bruce Almighty” to his credit. I AM recounts what happened to the filmmaker after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged a changed man. Disillusioned with life on the A-list, he sold his house, moved to a mobile home community, and decided to start life anew. (Shady Acres Entertainment) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Apr 29, 2011
    75
    Although the choice of interviewees skews the movie in a New Age-y direction, there's less pseudoscience and more heart than in the kindred documentary "What the Bleep Do We Know?"
  2. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Mar 9, 2011
    70
    Documentaries have been coming down on humanity so hard in recent years -- from "An Inconvenient Truth" to the latest Oscar winner, "Inside Job" -- that it's refreshing to bask in a bit of optimism coming from a nonfictional film.
  3. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Feb 18, 2011
    50
    Shadyac spins cooperation in a different direction. I Am takes the sharing instinct as proof that all living beings are interconnected.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Apr 21, 2011
    50
    Give Shadyac credit: He sells his Pasadena mansion, starts teaching college and moves into a mobile home (in Malibu, it's true). Now he offers us this hopeful if somewhat undigested cut of his findings, in a film as watchable as a really good TV commercial, and just as deep.
  5. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Mar 10, 2011
    42
    Shadyac didn't need to channel his angst into narrative fiction: He just needed to look in the mirror to find a symbol of Hollywood's arrogance and misplaced priorities.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Mar 24, 2011
    38
    While I Am has its boogeymen - especially the rich, the racist and the ultra-competitive - Shadyac implicates himself whenever possible.
  7. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Apr 21, 2011
    11
    It's hard to decide what rankles most: what an astonishing monument to Shadyac's self-absorption I Am is, or how flat-out bad – incompetent, even – the filmmaking is.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Jun 5, 2012
    1
    The film lacks quality, true actors, and a decent motive. I AM not going to recommend this to anyone with a brain. It seems that director Tom Shadyac should probably stay out of the documentary film industry. Expand

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