We Are What We Are

2011

We Are What We Are

Critics Consensus

We Are What We Are is elevated horror that combines family drama and social politics, with plenty of gore on top.

72%

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Total Count: 47

48%

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User Ratings: 3,425
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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, Alfredo, a teenage misfit who seems far from ready to accept the challenge... But without human meat the family will die. Shocking, bloody and deeply moving, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE is a remarkable reinvention of the horror genre - a visceral and powerfully emotional portrait of a family bound by a terrible secret and driven by monstrous appetites. -- (C) IFC Films

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Critic Reviews for We Are What We Are

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (13)

  • 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.

    Feb 24, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Unfolding in an impoverished neighborhood in Mexico City, this disturbing debut paints social decay with bold, elegant strokes and dizzying camera angles.

    Feb 18, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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.

    Feb 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 17, 2011 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

    Ian Buckwalter

    NPR
    Top Critic
  • Grau effectively mixes wry, bloody, deadpan gags, family drama, and stomach-churning violence.

    Feb 17, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Keith Phipps

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • The characters' rapacious tendencies exist in a void, so all we get is numbing, meaningless viscera.

    Feb 16, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for We Are What We Are

  • Aug 27, 2011
    Mexico's Tony Manero
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2011
    A Spanish rip off of The Hamiltons only not as cool & and suspenseful. With this you know the whole time the family is a bunch of cannibals where in the Hamiltons you just think they're Serial Killers but its much more than that (I was riveted with the Hamiltons & never saw the twist end coming!! & for me that's pretty back cause this kind usually I can sniff out!~) What they are.. is rip off GARBAGE that just doesn't stand up in a variety of ways. & I'm not even counting subtitles. (which don't count) There's not much emotion with the movie except one maybe 2 Anger and desperation. I really didn't get emotionally involved with the characters, at times I'd fast forward through parts just to get to the ending faster. The whole thing is pretty predictable and for those reasons.. I give it an F
  • Mar 27, 2011
    "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.
    John M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2011
    Mexico's new wave of indie cinema has yielded wildly uneven results, but something has always been consistently good: the cinematography. So, it's a pleasure to find out that Somos Lo Que Hay not only looks great, but it's also a very good movie. Part of what is so engaging are the characters, which are very well written and portrayed by a talented cast; you feel for them, even root for them, even if the are... well, what they are. A well-paced, serious horror movie that doesn't just gloat on violence.
    Quinto W Super Reviewer

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