We Are What We Are
We Are What We Are (2011)

A middle-aged man dies in the street, leaving his widow and three children destitute. The devastated family is confronted not only with his loss but with a terrible challenge -how to survive. For they are cannibals. They have always existed… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: February 18, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Ian Buckwalter

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.

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

A competent barebones transfer of a horror film that deserves to win a wider audience among the Netflix crowd.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Unfolding in an impoverished neighborhood in Mexico City, this disturbing debut paints social decay with bold, elegant strokes and dizzying camera angles.

Keith Phipps
AV Club

Grau effectively mixes wry, bloody, deadpan gags, family drama, and stomach-churning violence.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

The characters' rapacious tendencies exist in a void, so all we get is numbing, meaningless viscera.

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Jeremy Heilman

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castaeda
Stunning Mexican horror film, heavily influenced by L¥t den r¤tte komma in. A family of cannibals struggles after the death of the father, who was in charge… More
Quinto Wallight
Mexico's new wave of indie cinema has yielded wildly uneven results, but something has always been consistently good: the cinematography. So, it's a… More
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Mexico's Tony Manero
John Me
"We Are What We Are" is an adequate and bitter family-drama with a compelling storyline and a hint of horror . The movie takes place in a brooding… More