As Cool As I Am
As Cool As I Am (2013)

AS COOL AS I AM is a coming of age story about a smart, young girl caught in small town America. Dreaming of a bigger life, Lucy (Sarah Bolger) is subjected to her parents' Lainee (Claire Danes) and Chuck (James Marsden) disintegrating… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: June 7, 2013
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2013
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Critic Score: 14% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

This coming-of-age drama might trade in familiar narrative developments, but its characterization is rather nuanced.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

It is as if chunks of the film had landed on the editing-room floor in a desperate, last-minute attempt to trim its length. Just when its parts should come together, "As Cool as I Am" crumbles to bits.

Tina Hassannia
Slant Magazine

The film is the cinematic equivalent of a teenager, making everything more melodramatic than it needs to be, and impatient with the subtle details of life.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Simplistic plotting, pedestrian visuals and poorly-handled melodrama do lend the project a cheap, made-for-TV feel, which is underscored by the fact that Danes and Marsden don't seem obliged to turn in their best work.

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Sam Adams
Time Out

Mayer doesn't find a way to make the ritual traumas of adolescence feel new again.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Oh no: Claire Danes as the mom? Already? What's next, Chelsea Clinton for president?

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The familiarity of the narrative - the movie does, after all, include such coming-of-age touchstones as first love and irresponsible parents - grows more and more problematic as time progresses...

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Flixster Audience Score: 25% Flixster User Reviews
Brendan Nicholls
Badly written film, the performances are all over the place.
Panta Oz
It seems that this is one of those films critics love to hate! I haven't read so many negative reviews from the audience, but the critics are almost… More