The We and the I
The We and the I (2013)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 8, 2013
DVD Release Date: September 16, 2013
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Director Gondry succeeds in delivering a very entertaining and compelling human study.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

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.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

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

Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

Michel Gondry, working with nonprofessional actors, takes this one-location setup and-traffic conditions permitting-takes off.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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.

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Elizabeth Horkley
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto

Gondry is like a DJ scratching a record. He puts his own touches to the sound of the Bronx while staying true to its beat.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The kind of honest and outspoken portrayal of youth that works quite well with its use of great non-professional actors and loose storytelling, rambling on from… More
Alec Barniskis
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… More
Walter M.
In "The We and the I," a group of high school students take the bus home on the last day of school in the Bronx. So, while the movie nails the… More
Chihoe Ho
‚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… More