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I Am Michael

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Justin Kelly

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About the Movie

I AM MICHAEL is the incredible true-life story of Michael Glatze (James 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 Michael from his life in San Francisco with his boyfriend Bennett (Zachary Quinto), where he pursues political activism, a journalist career at XY Magazine, social awareness, and sexual exploration, to his days of personal self-discovery. After a traumatic scare, Michael is plagued by doubt and paranoia, and begins a religious reawakening. Michael renounces his gay lifestyle, rejects his friends, and endeavors to find his “true self.” He explores Buddhism and Mormonism, yet ultimately lands at a Christian Bible school in rural Wyoming where he meets his girlfriend, Rebekah (Emma Roberts), and becomes the pastor of his own church. This powerful new film captures one man’s haunting journey through modern concepts of love, denial and redemption.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 33
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 12
  • Average Rating: 6.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 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. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Jan 26, 2017

Fresh: Kelly and his actors seem anxious not to judge Glatze, but they can't downplay the cutting nature of his betrayal. – Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine, Jan 26, 2017

Fresh: 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. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Jan 24, 2015

Fresh: A soberly stylish, impressively non-judgmental portrait of a controversial real-life case of transformation. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Jan 26, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Essential viewing for LGBT

We rarely get a film as special as I Am Michael, telling a gay story with an A-list cast. James Franco really gives one of his best performances as a man who struggles the balance of his faith and homosexuality. I hope that we see more films like this in the future that tell gay stories with a commercial and sexy cast. Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts are great too but this is Franco's moment for sure.


James Franco is EVERYTHING!

Very emotionally accurate and relatable

This movie really broke my heart throughout, reminding us that many people on a daily basis go through what Michael (portrayed by James Franco) experiences. It was so intense to watch something that was communiated so realistically. I hope this movie serves as a suppot for those who experience denial in who they are due to ostricization from others, or the difficult questions in life that weigh heavy on their hearts.

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I Am Michael
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2017

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