I Am Michael
I Am Michael (2017)

I AM MICHAEL is the incredible true-life story of Michael Glatze (Franco), a high profile queer youth activist who created a national controversy when he claimed to no longer be gay and became a straight Christian pastor. The film follows… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 27, 2017
DVD Release Date: March 7, 2017
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: I Am Michael takes a determinedly balanced approach to its complex subject, and although the results don't always add up, they're anchored by strong work from James Franco.

Tricia Olszewski
TheWrap

Franco's fantastic here. He gives a fieriness to Michael as a gay advocate, then seamlessly slides into borderline madness as he starts accepting that the "voice" he hears is God's.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Mr. Franco broods and puzzles and vacillates. But he often seems abandoned by a director whose approach is so noncommittal and dramatically limp that it strands the actor, and his character, in a bland purgatory of conflicting motivations.

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Armond White
Out Magazine

Well, that Franco is over; he's gone down a different road in movies that trifle with gay experience in not always positive ways like the new I Am Michael.

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Sheila O'Malley
RogerEbert.com

Kelly is finding his sea-legs as a director.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

A soberly stylish, impressively non-judgmental portrait of a controversial real-life case of transformation.

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

... struggles to find a consistent tone and feels embellished in spots, yet it evolves into a provocative examination of the crossroads between religion and sexuality

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Andrew Lapin
NPR

Despite some wooden line readings, Franco gives himself fully to the challenge of rendering Glatze with truth and resolve.

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Pat Padua
Washington Post

An intermittently affecting - but not entirely convincing - conversion story.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

The performances are uniformly good and Kelly's effort to tell an unbiased story is admirable, but I Am Michael ultimately delivers more in the way of talking points than drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 33% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A remarkably sympathetic and nuanced character study about an idealist LGBT activist who slowly becomes a pathetic shadow of himself due to fear and religion,… More