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We Are What We Are Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
October 28, 2016
... a horror film by definition-an isolated family in rural America cloisters its teenage daughters in a religion/ritual that reaches back to their starving forefathers who turned to cannibalism to survive a harsh frontier-but a family drama at heart.
Beth Accomando
September 11, 2015
A provocative film about the horrors we can find within the usual comforts of family and tradition.
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 28, 2014
Another welcome entry in the ongoing revival of horror movies that rely on character and setting rather than shock and gore to chill audiences to the marrow.
Ray Pride
April 22, 2014
And sometimes we are who we eat.
Stefan Pape
March 10, 2014
Remakes may get a lot of stick in Hollywood, as filmmakers can be accused of being somewhat lazy and uncreative in that regard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
March 2, 2014
An ambitious (if somewhat uneven) slice of downbeat American gothic which interweaves grim melancholia with pointed satire, doomy portent and moments of gnawing revulsion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
February 28, 2014
Some of the film is gruesome in the extreme but there is always lyricism and pathos alongside the bloodletting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lisa Mullen
Sight and Sound
February 28, 2014
Mickle and co-writer Nick Damici give themselves plenty of time to tease out their themes and ladle on the tension.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
February 28, 2014
Jim Mickle's savvy re-imagining of the 2010 Mexican art-house horror marks a quantum leap forward in maturity and style for the Stake Land director.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
February 28, 2014
Who can resist a good cannibal movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Henry Northmore
The List
February 27, 2014
A rare example of a remake that is as good as, if not better, than the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
February 27, 2014
Even though this is an extremely well-made film, it's difficult to know who will enjoy it, as it's far too arty for horror genre fans and much too grisly for arthouse moviegoers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies
February 27, 2014
This social-realist take on the cannibal sub-genre makes for a surprising lyrical and quietly profound piece of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 27, 2014
Mickle prizes credible characterisation above everything else, and casts extremely good actors, who succeed in making the Parker clan feel both frail and somehow stuck out of time, like freak survivors from the 19th century.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jennifer Tate
February 26, 2014
An atmospheric cannibalism horror featuring an impressive performance by Julia Garner, but it's let down by a slow first act, weak dialogue and an unsuitable score.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Virginie Sťlavy
Electric Sheep
February 25, 2014
Mickle has fashioned a melancholy American Gothic tale set deep among bleak, misty mountains.
Matt Glasby
Total Film
February 24, 2014
A superb grief-soaked horror set in a desperated, godless universe, WAWWA is unnverving and moving in equal measures, easily eclipsing the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
February 24, 2014
A crunching, visceral transplant for this cannibal tale from its urban Mexican setting to an American milieu.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 5, 2014
Genre fans wanting more gore and less fancy atmospherics will have their gratification delayed but certainly not denied.
Chris Fyvie
The Skinny
December 16, 2013
This existential disquiet and melancholy prove welcome antidotes to the tiresome 'Look! Surprise!' brand of horror that's currently in vogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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