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We Are What We Are (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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A middle-aged man dies in the street, leaving his widow and three children destitute. The devastated family is confronted not only with his loss but with a terrible challenge -how to survive. For they are cannibals. They have always existed on a diet of human flesh consumed in bloody ritual ceremonies... and the victims have always been provided by the father. Now that he is gone, who will hunt? Who will lead them? How will they sate their horrific hunger? The task falls to the eldest son,

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Drama, Horror, Art House & International

Jorge Michel Grau

Jul 26, 2011

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (12) | DVD (1)

An unexpectedly rich exploration of family bonds, blood rituals and the oftentimes zombie-like desire to assume the roles proscribed to each of us, played out with a sharp undertow of political allegory and darkly comic sensibility.

February 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Unfolding in an impoverished neighborhood in Mexico City, this disturbing debut paints social decay with bold, elegant strokes and dizzying camera angles.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Grau's script is intelligent, and it has something to say about family and social dysfunction. You just might want to skip meat for a few days.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Like zombie auteur George Romero at his best, Grau locks his sights on his social commentary of choice and goes after it with the zeal of a 19-year-old cannibal girl sinking an ax into the skull of her next meal.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR
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Grau effectively mixes wry, bloody, deadpan gags, family drama, and stomach-churning violence.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The characters' rapacious tendencies exist in a void, so all we get is numbing, meaningless viscera.

February 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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A competent barebones transfer of a horror film that deserves to win a wider audience among the Netflix crowd.

August 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Grau equates his cannibal family much like Tobe Hooper's Texas clan - as disenfranchised poor people living on the fringes of society struggling with their own familial power structure.

July 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

If the resulting work ultimately fails to completely marry its disparate goals, it's to Grau's credit that he manages to make this slow-burning horror drama work as well as he does.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

Takes a what-if situation and drives it rather unimaginatively into the exact places you might imagine it would go.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Time and again promises answers and payoffs that do not come. Instead of being enigmatic for a reason, the film feels simply half-formed.

February 28, 2011 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

You might want to catch We Are What We Are before its inevitable, much-too-glossy remake brightens the walls of American multiplexes.

February 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

We Are What We Are is a superficially provocative movie that tries way too hard to be memorable.

February 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Grau never offers a tangible way in, a meaningful reason for the audience to try and probe below the grotesque surface.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

A visually striking debut for writer-director Jorge Michel Grau, who proves he has the chops for atmospheric horror even when his pretentious storytelling tendencies undermine the end result.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

lack of exposition and an air of genuine confusion are key to the film's modest successes

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

[VIDEO] Although Grau might imagine that the film's Spanish family of prostitute-killing cannibals represent some cogent diatribe on the nature of capitalist existence, no such literary rigor is applied.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

With its sly message of self-empowerment in the face of overwhelming odds, this is pretty much the Mexico City Pride float of Mexican gay cannibal movies.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: CampBlood.org
CampBlood.org

Cannibal movie is well-cooked but hard to swallow.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for We Are What We Are

Was it Plato who said "I am what I am" or was it Popeye? Either way, We are what we are is nothing to do with those two upstanding fellows, it's about a family of cannibals. What else? I like a good cannibal film although I can only think of 3 or four really good ones, this not being one of them. It's sooo slow. It meanders for so long it's no wonder they don't all starve to death or eat themselves. I think they are trying to make political statements and raise social issues in Mexico but its never that clear or least, they don't do so very capably. For once I'm not upset to hear they've remade it so soon after, there is a good story in there somewhere so maybe second time lucky.
February 21, 2014
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Stunning Mexican horror film, heavily influenced by LĂÂĽt den rätte komma in. A family of cannibals struggles after the death of the father, who was in charge of getting the...well, food. Minimalistic setting and score compliment this drama favorably. Outstanding cinematography and a top-notch cast make Somos Lo Que Hay the best Mexican film in recent years to slip under the radar. Writer/director Jorge Michel Grau manages to throw in some important commentary on how cynical and cannibalistic we can be as a society.
October 11, 2011
Mexico's Tony Manero
August 27, 2011
Francisco  G.
Francisco Godinho

Super Reviewer

"We Are What We Are" is an adequate and bitter family-drama with a compelling storyline and a hint of horror . The movie takes place in a brooding atmosphere and a sub-plot of socio-political criticism, in this case Mexico, but most developing countries of America can be identified with it.
Let yourself be bitten by these cannibals, it certainly deserves a viewing.
March 29, 2011
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