The We and the I Image
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  • Summary: A look at the lives of a group Bronx teenagers who ride the same bus route, and how their relationships change on the last day of school.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Mar 7, 2013
    90
    To call this thrillingly original, deeply felt movie a coming-of-age story would be to insult it with cliché. It’s much more the story, or rather a series of interlocking, incomplete stories, about what it feels like to be a certain age and to feel caught, as the title suggests, between the desire to be yourself and the longing to fit in.
  2. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Mar 2, 2013
    88
    A delirious representation of incipient personalities in bloom, its form as amorphous and reckless as the vibrant youths it portrays.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Mar 21, 2013
    80
    Moving somewhat obviously toward denouement, the film hits a false note or two. But mainly it's exhilarating in its refusal to make smooth what's messy, inchoate and tenaciously alive.
  4. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Mar 6, 2013
    67
    The problem with The We And The I: Gondry is focused more on moments than on the film as a whole.
  5. Reviewed by: Henry Barnes
    Mar 5, 2013
    60
    Gondry's argument – that pack mentality crushes individual expression – follows a similarly predictable route, but there's enough of his signature playfulness (especially in the use of mobile-phone footage to present flashbacks) to keep the journey entertaining.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Horkley
    Mar 21, 2013
    50
    It's a fun ride for the most part, with a bumping soundtrack and genuine moments of warmth and heartbreak. But one can't help but wish Gondry had simply let the camera roll, and let the kids speak for themselves.
  7. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Mar 5, 2013
    25
    Muddled, muffled and mixing empty comedy with empty dramatics, The We and the I is an abject failure.

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