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.

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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 (13) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (13)

  • Deftly balancing a horror premise with the politics of a family drama, We Are What We Are is utterly refreshing.

    February 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • What could have been an intelligent rebirth for the cannibal genre... instead seems content simply to gorge, choke, and eventually suffocate on its own dullness and irrelevance.

    November 6, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Daniel Green

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  • Strikingly original in technique, it pays no heed to the old masters of Mexican film; alluding only indirectly to present social conditions, it rewrites the horror genre with a premise that is outrageously novel.

    July 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A competent barebones transfer of a horror film that deserves to win a wider audience among the Netflix crowd.

    August 8, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 57/100 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for We Are What We Are

  • Aug 27, 2011
    Mexico's Tony Manero
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  • 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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