• Network: OWN
  • Series Premiere Date: May 10, 2011
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    May 9, 2011
    100
    As real as real gets, invaluably adding human understanding to a hot-button topic.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Stack
    May 9, 2011
    91
    It's incredibly moving to watch him finally become comfortable in his own skin.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    May 9, 2011
    90
    Becoming Chaz is undoubtedly one of the most thought-provoking films you will see on any screen this year, a frankly chronicled tale of Chaz's life as a transgender man that opens a more than occasionally mind-blowing conversation about the essentials of gender, and subsequently, sexuality.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    May 10, 2011
    80
    It's both dramatic and unique, from the sometimes graphic material about his double mastectomy to his self-revelation in the media limelight.
  5. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    May 9, 2011
    80
    Why else would someone who grew up in the spotlight submit to an examination of his most private relationships and feelings if not to try to win strangers' hearts and minds?--but it's not nearly as interesting as the adjustments occurring to and around Chaz himself.
  6. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    May 9, 2011
    75
    Several recent documentaries have tried to help the rest of the world understand the realities of being transgender, but, ironically, one of the better efforts does it well in spite of the fact that it focuses on the offspring of one of the most famous couples in pop culture.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    May 10, 2011
    58
    Becoming Chaz never really gets under its subject's skin.
  8. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    May 10, 2011
    50
    Becoming Chaz is one thing--and it's occasionally fascinating to watch--but being Chaz gets old pretty fast.

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