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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    May 27, 2014
    100
    Brash and sweet, We Are the Best! captures perfectly the aimlessness of adolescence, the waiting to become something that's so often intertwined with the desire to make something, to leave your mark on the world in some small way.
  2. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    May 28, 2014
    100
    You don't have to like punk rock to fall in love with We Are the Best!; if a more joyous film comes along in 2014, then it's a good year indeed.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    May 29, 2014
    100
    Mr. Moodysson's film is little only in physical and financial scale. When measured by the pleasure it confers, We Are the Best! is a big deal that will be winning hearts — and even grownup minds — for a long time to come.
  4. Reviewed by: Pasha Malla
    May 29, 2014
    88
    Even when his touch is light, the Swedish filmmaker is masterful at capturing youth’s contracted perception of time and amplified emotions: Every slight could mean the end of the world, and every joy feels limitless.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    May 28, 2014
    83
    The film’s surface is as spiky as its protagonists’ hair and wardrobe, but the overall effect can only be described as downright endearing.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Apr 11, 2014
    80
    We Are the Best! is a joyous celebration of youth, friendship and rebellion, and if there’s a nagging note of regret and bitterness it never manages to undermine the overwhelmingly compassionate tone.
  7. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    May 30, 2014
    50
    The film’s winsome, self-satisfied comedy will no doubt appeal more to viewers who prize juvenile hi-jinks over the cultural moment it depicts.

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  1. Jan 13, 2015
    10
    While We Are the Best! may not be the best film of the year, it was my favorite film of the year. I can’t remember the last time a filmWhile We Are the Best! may not be the best film of the year, it was my favorite film of the year. I can’t remember the last time a film contained so much genuine warmth and pleasure. This heartwarming and beautifully written story about the aimlessness of being a teenager had me smiling from ear to ear for the entirety of the running time. Unlike Boyhood, which provides the perspectives of both children and parents over an extended period of time, We Are the Best!, is a time capsule of a film, giving us the subjective perspectives of three young girls during a key part of their childhood. Veteran Swedish writer and director Lukas Moodysson, provides us with a glimpse into the lives of these young girls as they form a punk band despite two of them having no musical experience. They are indeed terrible, but the film isn't about punk music, it’s about the punk attitude that perfectly captures the defiance of being a teenager. A loving ode to growing up, We Are the Best! Is easily the most charming film of the year. Expand
  2. Dec 9, 2014
    9
    "Vi är bäst!" or "We Are the Best!" is a Swedish film by Lukas Moodysson starring Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, and Liv LeMoyne as three"Vi är bäst!" or "We Are the Best!" is a Swedish film by Lukas Moodysson starring Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, and Liv LeMoyne as three teenage girls in the 1980's who want to revive the punk music genre. This movie is particularly charming because of the small scale of the setting, contrasted with the lofty ambitions of the main characters. It is also a very funny movie, with the three main characters getting into simple, yet dramatic or comedic situations that are dripping with witty realism. Many themes are explored such as the relationship between individuals and music, religion, and the punk culture. However, you don't have to be a punk music fan to really appreciate this movie. Hilarious and full of heart, We Are the Best is one of the best movies of 2014 and I would highly recommend it! Expand

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