75

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
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.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
An entertaining, well-made plea for tolerance told from the point of view of a 12-year-old.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
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.
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63

Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
A winning narration (read by Greg Kinnear) holds things together. And there's just enough script for a good cast to run with. Harris and Madigan lift the whole enterprise just by being who and what they are - great actors.
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60

Village Voice

The writing hits the weeds on occasion, but Pavone evokes with feeling adolescence as a series of outlandish physical punishments and sweetly remembered firsts.
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60

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Mr. Harris's depiction of a saintly, soft-spoken, bow-tie-wearing middle-school teacher lends the movie a moral weight it probably couldn't have summoned had another actor played the role.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

This well-intentioned tween-friendly message movie is earnest to a fault.
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50

Variety

Benefits from sensitive, restrained thesping, most notably by Ed Harris, and leaves one feeling blandly inspired.
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40

Time Out New York

By Stephen Garrett
Lessons are learned, bullies get their comeuppance, and every Wonder Years plot device is trotted out for maximum and-I-was-never-the-same-again nostalgia.
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33

The A.V. Club

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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53 out of 100
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