We the Animals Reviews

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June 14, 2019
While the child actors are often excellent, they don't get much to say, and it's asking a lot for boys of primary-school age to express soulful depths through glances alone.
June 13, 2019
It is a thing of beauty: too beautiful perhaps, running a real danger of prettifying poverty.
September 15, 2018
This movie is so gorgeous, it even makes drone footage look ethereal rather than pedestrian.
September 7, 2018
The conclusion is certain enough to be practically foregone, and if what leads up to it is aggressively arty, it's also artful and frank, a rare combination.
August 30, 2018
Zagar builds a world that is simultaneously deeply authentic and dreamlike - the perfect combination to express a child's deeply felt but inherently distorted view of the universe he inhabits.
August 24, 2018
One of the best of the year so far.
August 24, 2018
The movie is all nuance and it continually wafts away into artiness.
August 17, 2018
[A] stunning, semi-impressionistic film...
August 17, 2018
Every once in a while a movie grabs you, unsuspecting, and hustles its way into your heart. Jeremiah Zagar's "We the Animals" does that.
August 17, 2018
A lot is told wordlessly very efficiently.
August 17, 2018
Any potential sentimentality is obliterated by the film's tone and by the performances. It works best when it's most impressionistic.
August 17, 2018
Zagar has smartly decided to tell this very subjective story of childhood with an Expressionist visual style that favors saturated colors, and he often leans on an unusually potent sound design that leads us seamlessly from one memory to the next.
August 17, 2018
For his first narrative feature, the documentarian Zagar displays a thrillingly sensitive eye for the curiosity and caution that exists in every young child's heart, and how it is so simple for the world to crush that.
Top Critic
August 17, 2018
Somehow... Zagar has found a way to let the film's scenes surface and recede the way memories do.
August 16, 2018
"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
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 15, 2018
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
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 14, 2018
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.
May 16, 2018
Adapting Justin Torres' autobiographical novel, Jerimiah Zagar crafts a haunting, singular coming-of-age story.
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