A family implodes with a biting commentary on patriarchy.
| Original Score: 3/4
"We Are What We Are" is such a patient, trusting film it may take you a while to figure out it's a horror film.
| Original Score: 4/5
We Are What We Are doesn't waste time with cheap scares. Mickle keeps his story on a steady, slow simmer, transporting us minute by minute into the very heart of dread.
There's some fun to be had, as long as your idea of fun includes being grossed out.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The movie stays elegantly restrained just long enough for the true horror of what they're doing to sink in.
A campy and sometimes elegant American Gothic horror story.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The original was nothing special, but at least it had a sense of humor and a modicum of social insight.
The movie saves most of its modest number of jolts for its last quarter or so, which makes them all the more intense. They stick in your craw - and be warned, they're not for the squeamish.
"We Are What We Are" is a first-rate example of good storytelling and well-timed - while not excessive - gore.
Mickle never seems in a hurry, so there is time to take note of the detail. "We Are" is rich in that regard.
It's all a little silly, but Mr. Mickle's restrained gravity stifles the impulse to laugh.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
At 72, Parks turns in one of the most tender performances of his career - before reminding us, in the end, that he's still a guy who can sit across a table and make you tremble in fear with a stony gaze.
| Original Score: 8.5/10
A [horror] film where ambiance, glossy imagery and performance are more effective than the splatter.
| Original Score: 3/5
It's a sinister, wistful and even sad portrait of one family that has followed the insanity and bloodthirstiness of American history into a dark corridor with no exit.
Outside of its cracked psychology (well conveyed by papa Bill Sage), We Are What We Are is horror leftovers, neither inedible nor piping hot.
It isn't until the ending, which turns the squirm amplifier up to 11 and exceeded even my horrific expectations, that we finally see the story's potential realized.
One of the best American horror films of the year.
We Are What We Are is a re-make that succeeds superbly while remaining true to the strange and sad intimately grotesque spirit of the original.
Genre buffs will dig in with gusto.
A refreshingly mature genre entry that plants queasy dread and unleashes a good dose of scares, tempering its gruesome bloodshed by wrapping it in serious-mindedness.