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
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Eric Kohn

Justin Kelly's first feature offers an evenhanded portrait of its controversial subject, but it doesn't make his decisions easy to take.

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Michael Koresky
Film Comment Magazine

The film is careful not to judge its protagonist's spiritual journey, but the delicately pointed direction of the final phone call between Michael and Bennett-Franco shot discreetly from behind and to the side; Quinto head on, facing camera-speaks volumes

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Stefan Pape

Following rather forgettable performances from James Franco in both Queen of the Desert and Every Thing Will Be Fine - also both showing at Berlinale - this is one of his career's finest.

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Peter Debruge

An unusually nuanced James Franco carries this complex portrait of a man who came out and fought to encourage other LGBT youth before converting to conservative Christianity.

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Jordan Raup
The Film Stage

The drama's formal elements aren't as compelling as the ideas it wrestles with, but it does make for one of James Franco's more accomplished and complicated performances.

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Eric D. Snider

The first section meanders dully, but once Michael's spiritual side kicks in, the story is compelling, aided by Franco's sincere performance.

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Boyd van Hoeij
Hollywood Reporter

Thankfully, the screenplay doesn't portray the story in simple terms of good or evil but that doesn't mean that there's quite enough nuance or insight to constantly elevate the material above the level of a well-made but TV-ready biopic.

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Rakesh Ramchurn
Independent (UK)

Where the film is most interesting, however, is in its documentary value.

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David D'Arcy
Screen International

A competent feature debut - elegantly filmed and paced to keep viewers with Franco on an improbable ride.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% 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