We Are What We Are Reviews

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
August 8, 2011
A competent barebones transfer of a horror film that deserves to win a wider audience among the Netflix crowd.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 20, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
July 14, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 57/100
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
May 26, 2011
Takes a what-if situation and drives it rather unimaginatively into the exact places you might imagine it would go.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
February 28, 2011
Time and again promises answers and payoffs that do not come. Instead of being enigmatic for a reason, the film feels simply half-formed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
February 24, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Elvis Mitchell
Movieline
February 24, 2011
You might want to catch We Are What We Are before its inevitable, much-too-glossy remake brightens the walls of American multiplexes.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
February 19, 2011
We Are What We Are is a superficially provocative movie that tries way too hard to be memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
February 18, 2011
Grau never offers a tangible way in, a meaningful reason for the audience to try and probe below the grotesque surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
February 18, 2011
Unfolding in an impoverished neighborhood in Mexico City, this disturbing debut paints social decay with bold, elegant strokes and dizzying camera angles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 18, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
February 17, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
February 17, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
February 17, 2011
lack of exposition and an air of genuine confusion are key to the film's modest successes
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
February 17, 2011
Grau effectively mixes wry, bloody, deadpan gags, family drama, and stomach-churning violence.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 17, 2011
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Brian Juergens
CampBlood.org
February 17, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
February 17, 2011
Cannibal movie is well-cooked but hard to swallow.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
February 16, 2011
The characters' rapacious tendencies exist in a void, so all we get is numbing, meaningless viscera.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 15, 2011
We Are What We Are is a darkly comic social allegory as well as an atmospheric little genre flick.
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