That's What I Am
That's What I Am (2011)

Set in California against the backdrop of the mid-sixties, That's What I Am is a coming-of-age story that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who, like most kids his age, will do anything to avoid conflict… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 29, 2011
DVD Release Date: May 16, 2011
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Since a large portion of the film is taken up with the theme of school bullying, it may have some contemporary relevance, but good intentions do not always a good movie make.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

The only half-decent picture to come out of World Wrestling Entertainment's years-long experiment with making movies

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

An entertaining, well-made plea for tolerance...

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Alison Willmore
AV Club

A placard preceding the film's title card assures that it's "inspired by true events," but the note is unnecessary, given the limpness of the narrative arcs. Who would make up such an anticlimactic story?

Carrie R. Wheadon
Common Sense Media

Message movie about tolerance has a few mature themes.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

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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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

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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Ed Whitfield
What Culture

That's What I Am isn't a movie, sadly, it's an unreconstructed piece of television and one that's suffused with the values of the US networked shows of yesteryear.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Thomas Johnston
Cute film set in the 60s with a story that would be just as relevant set in today's culture. Definitely a "feel good" movie with heart!
Cast: Ed Harris, Molly Parker, Randy Orton, Amy Madigan, Mia Rose Frampton, Chase Ellison, Alexander Walters, Daniel Roebuck, Sean Michael Cunningham, Cameron… More
Cynthia S.
Dignity plus compassion equals peace is the message of this really enjoyable, nice little movie. As an added bonus, this was very Wonder Years-ish, complete… More
Sol C
The film was ok, but could have been so much better. They had the right idea but didn't execute it correctly. The film feels like an after school special.… More
Bobby Hobbs
"That's what I am" reminds me a bit of a cheesy wonder years rip off. The narration, the time period, the girl - and while I do say cheesy - I… More
Lee Kyle
Well i guess if you continue doing something eventually you will get better at it. Now i dont know if its either the cast hired on here or the WWE writers like… More