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We the Animals (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Dreamlike and haunting, We the Animals approaches the coming-of-age odyssey with a uniquely documentarian eye.

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Us three. Us brothers. Us kings, inseparable. Three boys tear through their childhood, in the midst of their young parents' volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father, Ma seeks to shelter her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own.

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Somehow... Zagar has found a way to let the film's scenes surface and recede the way memories do.

August 16, 2018 | Full Review…
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"We the Animals" unfolds almost as a dream, albeit one that never shies away from the often hopeless reality of what it's like to grow up poor in America.

August 16, 2018 | Full Review…

On one level... "We the Animals" is a classic coming-of age tale; on another, it's a near perfect depiction of the emotional damage that can result from economic insecurity.

August 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Zagar seems to lack a coherent directorial perspective on Torres' story; he mistakes vérité-style handheld and frequent close-ups (mostly captured with wide-angle lenses) for genuine intimacy and engagement.

August 15, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Zagar is a documentarian at heart, and it shows: The film is a closely, compassionately observed study of a boyhood that's otherwise largely unsupervised.

August 15, 2018 | Full Review…
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An impressionistic swirl of a film about masculinity, about abuse, about growing up queer, about chaotic family life, about the jumble of incidents and stirrings through which a child discovers a self.

August 14, 2018 | Full Review…

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