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  • Summary: Set in California against the backdrop of the mid-sixties, That's What I Am is a coming-of-age story that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol, a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict for fear of suffering overwhelming ridicule and punishment from his junior high school peers. Everyone's favorite teacher, Mr. Simon, pairs Andy with the school's biggest outcast and social pariah, Stanley aka "Big G", on a critical school project. Sporting thick orange hair, a head too big for his body and ears too big for his head, "Big G" has been the object of ridicule since grade school. Before long, Andy will learn that there was truly a method behind Mr. Simon's madness as to why he teamed these two up. When Andy watches "Big G" fearlessly confront the school bully about the incident, a series of events are triggered. Much to Andy's surprise, he learns that "Big G" is a brilliant, kind, tolerant human being, who has more dignity than anyone Andy has ever encountered. "Big G" personifies Mr. Simon's four word answer on how to obtain world peace: HUMAN DIGNITY + COMPASSION = PEACE. (Samuel Goldwyn Films)


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 29, 2011
    75
    An entertaining, well-made plea for tolerance told from the point of view of a 12-year-old.
  2. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Apr 26, 2011
    75
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Apr 28, 2011
    70
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Apr 26, 2011
    60
    The writing hits the weeds on occasion, but Pavone evokes with feeling adolescence as a series of outlandish physical punishments and sweetly remembered firsts.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Apr 29, 2011
    50
    A creaky and slow-going morality play.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Apr 26, 2011
    50
    This well-intentioned tween-friendly message movie is earnest to a fault.
  7. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Apr 28, 2011
    33
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jun 10, 2011
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I loved this movie. Thought it was entertaining and edifiying at the same time. The actiing was excellent on everyones behalf. Loved the ending credits where you see what actually happens to these characters and the jerk ends up being the real loser. Expand
  2. Jun 8, 2011
    6
    I will give it credit. That's What I Am is a huge step up in the right direction for distribution company WWE Films however the mixed story line and unclear ending leaves a slightly bitter taste in my mouth. Expand
  3. Mar 3, 2012
    6
    It is heavily suggested that the viewer should walk into this movie expecting it to bomb. While it is bad, I agree, it does still have a subtle charm to it. I also praise WWE for putting Randy Orton in this movie for only a few scenes because he couldn't act his way out of a paper bag. Speaking of the acting talent, my first reaction to seeing Ed Harris in this movie was: NOOOOOOO! But then I soon realized that without him, this movie would have been even worse. Although, I hope he did fire his agent for this stinker, he completely out-shines anyone from the movie. The acting from the kids are what you would expect, not so terrible. The moral of the story is one we've seen over and over again, and it's just another run-of-the-mill tolerance movies. As much as this movie is bad, it does have a strange charm to it. I would only recommend this to the extreme WWE fans who like to laugh at the movies. 6/10. Expand
  4. Oct 2, 2011
    5
    I really didnâ

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