The We and the I (2013)



Critic Consensus: Michel Gondry's whimsical dramedy is occasionally unfocused, but it's still an imaginative and poignant take on the emotional complexities of young people.

Movie Info

Workshopped with a group of teens from The Bronx over the course of 3 years, Michel Gondry's The We and The I gives an inside look into the dynamics, drama and hilarity that emerge on a real-time bus ride through The Bronx on the last day of school. -- (C) Paladin Films

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michel Gondry, Jeffrey Grimshaw, Paul Proch, Jeff Grimshaw
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 16, 2013
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Critic Reviews for The We and the I

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (14)

Credit Gondry, like Tocqueville before him, with at least re-examining tired clichťs and scraping the rust off stereotypes.

Full Review… | May 17, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

An occasionally interesting glimpse into the lives of a diverse group of urban teens and their struggles, but also a film that's overly long and often annoying.

Full Review… | May 16, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

All of the kids are good in their roles, mostly as characters one assumes resemble themselves. And as any actor will tell you, playing yourself is one of the toughest gigs around.

Full Review… | May 9, 2013
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Gondry has talent, and I think he enjoyed being with these youngsters, but the film suffers in trying to impose something vaguely like a story on a framework that boils down to teen high jinks during a bus ride.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

"The We and the I" is a collection of very thin stories, many of which feel incomplete.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Organic interactions are interrupted by Gondry's words, or abandoned in favor of fantasy sequences. The film's verisimilitude too often takes a backseat to conventional storytelling and Gondry's whimsical aesthetic.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The We and the I

The kind of outspoken and honest portrait of youth that is extremely efficient with the use of non-professional actors and a loose storytelling, rambling on from one casual talk to another while always keeping our full interest in the flesh-and-bone characters.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

‚The We and the I‚? is not as memorable as Michel Gondry's more popular works, ‚Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind‚? and ‚The Science of Sleep.‚? It comes across as muddled and all over the place initially but as the narrative progresses, it becomes a much cohesive and heartfelt dramedy. The film has sort of a mockumentary style to it ‚" raw and unpolished, and its characters appear very spontaneous in what they say or do, which has both an up and downside. It starts off confusingly juvenile but rounds up with some distinguished performances and poignant moments brought by the young cast.

Chihoe Ho

Super Reviewer


The film suffers from an overabundance of characters that don't all come into focus. However, I respect Gondry for making something that feels honest while still indulging in his more whimsical styles. It is refreshing to see something about teens that doesn't always try to be "realistic" in it's world construction.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

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