We Are What We Are Reviews

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February 28, 2019
Deftly balancing a horror premise with the politics of a family drama, We Are What We Are is utterly refreshing.
July 6, 2018
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.
August 8, 2011
A competent barebones transfer of a horror film that deserves to win a wider audience among the Netflix crowd.
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.
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.
March 14, 2011
While it ultimately wears its hollow critique of the current social divide in Mexico City on its sleeve, the film manages to infuse the desperation and anger of the lower classes in a potently horrific context.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 17, 2011
lack of exposition and an air of genuine confusion are key to the film's modest successes
February 17, 2011
Grau effectively mixes wry, bloody, deadpan gags, family drama, and stomach-churning violence.
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.
February 15, 2011
We Are What We Are is a darkly comic social allegory as well as an atmospheric little genre flick.
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.
November 17, 2010
It's often very grisly, but has a fine sense of visual style and an extremely black streak of comedy.
November 15, 2010
Without doubt, the best Mexican cannibal horror movie of the decade.
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.
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