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  • Summary: A seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, 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 the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris and Rose are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family. As the unrelenting downpour continues to flood their small town, the local authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for so many years. [Entertainment One] Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Aug 29, 2013
    The film is that rare modern horror movie that doesn’t simply fabricate its scares with the standard bag of postproduction tricks. Instead it builds them via a bracing command of traditional suspense tools... This is polished film craft.
  2. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Sep 27, 2013
    Mickle and co-writer Nick Damici gutted Grau's story to the bone. And they not only built something entirely new on that skeleton — they managed to equal and in many ways surpass the dark, bloody beauty of their source material.
  3. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Aug 29, 2013
    We Are What We Are is just a great yarn, well-acted, elegantly shot and put together cleverly so that even its more visceral delights feel well-earned.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Oct 10, 2013
    A family implodes with a biting commentary on patriarchy.
  5. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Sep 26, 2013
    What Mickle really gets right, and what makes this far and away a more artful and effective work of skin-crawly horror than its predecessor, is atmosphere.
  6. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Aug 29, 2013
    That We Are What We Are steers just shy of silliness even at its most outrageous is in large part thanks to a committed cast of non-disposable character actors.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 10, 2013
    There’s some fun to be had, as long as your idea of fun includes being grossed out.

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  1. Oct 2, 2013
    One of the best horror/thriller movies I've seen in the last couple of years. I love the Hawthornian Lovecrafting setting and mood. Michael Parks (Jean Renault from "Twin Peaks") is one of my favorite actors, and he delivers an outstanding performance here as the local village ME/doctor. The script is terrific it pulls you in without throwing in the standard horror shocks and scares. And it absolutely saves its best for last, so stick it out! Expand


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