We Are What We Are
We Are What We Are (2013)

The Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank rules his family with a rigorous fervor, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 27, 2013
DVD Release Date: January 7, 2014
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86%
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A compelling story cleverly told, We Are What We Are quenches horror buffs' thirst for gore while serving up serious-minded filmmaking and solid acting.

Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

A family implodes with a biting commentary on patriarchy.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

There's some fun to be had, as long as your idea of fun includes being grossed out.

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Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com

... 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.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

"We Are What We Are" is such a patient, trusting film it may take you a while to figure out it's a horror film.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The movie stays elegantly restrained just long enough for the true horror of what they're doing to sink in.

Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

A provocative film about the horrors we can find within the usual comforts of family and tradition.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

We Are What We Are doesn't waste time with cheap scares. Mickle keeps his story on a steady, slow simmer, transporting us minute by minute into the very heart of dread.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

A campy and sometimes elegant American Gothic horror story.

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Richard Knight
Windy City Times

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An effective psychological horror film that works precisely because it avoids cheap scares, adopting an oppressive cinematography to create a slow-burning and… More
Jesse Ortega
This is a damn good horror movie that definitely subverts expectations and provides you with a very intelligently-told and well-acted story about the dangers of… More
Nicki Marie
Actually pretty creepy horror movie with a theme I didn't immediately guess. Well filmed, nicely acted and fittingly horrible story.
Cameron Johnson
We are what we are: stardust, close to divine! ...Why, yes, people, I did just reference a song from the '90s sooner than Joni Mitchell's/Crosby,… More
MisterYoda ?
three stars...
Daniel Parsons
It's no surprise that the makers of the superlative "Stake Land" should take an already superb original film and not just… More