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: 64% 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

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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Richard James Havis
South China Morning Post

Director Justin Kelly clearly presents the facts of the story, but the necessary psychological content is lacking.

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Sheila O'Malley

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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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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Andrew Lapin

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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Todd Jorgenson

... 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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Flixster Audience Score: 37% 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