• Released
  • February 18, 2011
  • (Portland 2/18; L.A. 3/11; NY 3/18)
  • 1 hr 16 min
  • Documentary

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
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?"
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Did I enjoy Shadyac's film? Very much. Do I think he made many of his points more accessibly and entertainingly in Bruce Almighty? You bet.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Shadyac doesn't film how his change inspires more change, or showing him, say, starting a school for destitute orphans. All we see him give is this movie. It's not much of a contribution.
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New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
The world is a whole lot more complex than Shadyac seems to realize. If all we need is love, wouldn't we all still be wearing tie-dyed shirts and headbands?
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
An earnest, lumpy macramé of a personal nonfiction project.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Pay close attention to the title of Tom Shadyac's documentary. He will try to convince you his film is about humanity uniting to solve its problems. But somehow, his own ego keeps getting in the way.
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Washington Post

While I Am has its boogeymen - especially the rich, the racist and the ultra-competitive - Shadyac implicates himself whenever possible.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
For some, this sort of thinking is a much-needed revolution in human consciousness. For others, it's little more than New Age platitudes and questionable science.
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38 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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