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
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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
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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
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
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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.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
November 22, 2010
Mexican director Jorge Michel Grau['s] macabre film has its share of grisly moments, but more importantly, it also has something to say.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 17, 2010
It's often very grisly, but has a fine sense of visual style and an extremely black streak of comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sophie Ivan
Film4
November 15, 2010
Without doubt, the best Mexican cannibal horror movie of the decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
November 15, 2010
While it concerns itself with the gruesome logistics of finding bodies to be ritually sacrificed and chopped into bite-size pieces, Grau's hybrid film achieves a morbid fascination that is reinforced by Santiago Sanchez's artfully scuzzy cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2010
This is a film that's often more interesting to deconstruct than watch because Grau hasn't yet worked out how to marry his intellectual ideas with a throat-gripping storytelling style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
November 14, 2010
Should win fans from the horror and arthouse crowds alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
November 12, 2010
Grau uses his rigorously grim scenario to mount a slightly studenty thesis about an underclass feeding on itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

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