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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Aug 29, 2013
    90
    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:  Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Sep 25, 2013
    83
    It plays less like a contemporary horror film than an increasingly gruesome drama, building to a climax — completely original to this version — where the movie’s core themes are expressed through grotesque imagery.
  3. Reviewed by: Nigel Floyd
    Feb 25, 2014
    80
    Against all the odds, Stake Land director Jim Mickle has cooked up a controlled, affecting ‘companion piece’ that honours the Mexican original while deepening its themes.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Oct 10, 2013
    75
    A family implodes with a biting commentary on patriarchy.
  5. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Sep 26, 2013
    70
    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
    70
    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
    37
    There’s some fun to be had, as long as your idea of fun includes being grossed out.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. Jun 12, 2014
    9
    Consensus: Terrific performances and intriguing premise perfectly executed, We Are What We Are is nasty and stressful (in a good way). 91/100 [A-]

    Directed by Jim Mickle, We Are What We Are is an american horror film screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. It is a remake of the 2010 Mexican film of the same name. This poster caught my attention and i decided to see it. The film tells two stories at once, one is the actual story of this family and how they deal with the death of their mother and the other story is the story of their ancestors and how they seek for food (or human bodies).

    It was epic, an instant classic, it's not a crappy indie film, it's a quality film, the performances are excellent: Bill Sage as Frank Parker, Ambyr Childers as Iris Parker and Julia Garner as Rose Parker. i think that the best performance in the film by far was Julia Garner, she was believable and just terrific. Bill Sage does a remarkable job here too and Iris Parker solidly holds the saddest scenes. Not much flaws and the film perfectly.

    Never dull, always keeps the suspense and the violence. The opening scene is well-crafted and tragic. The production design is impressive and it's a low budget film that doesn't looks cheap or trashy. It's a bit slow for some people, but for me was entertaining and very original. There is not much movies like this one, it's a remake, who cares?. I will watch the original film some day, i respect the original but i've watched the trailer of the original film and i conclude that both films are very different!.

    Julia Garner was perfect for her role, she performs in a very natural and innocent way, she is the star of the film for me. The camera direction is notable and impressive, the soundtrack helps to elevate the atmosphere and most of the scares are effective. One problem that i have with the film is one scare at the last 20 minutes, was very predictable and annoyed me a little bit. The last act is full of violence and stressful moments, you'll see. The ending is amazing, it was astonishing and unbelievable. It's worth it if you're a horror fan or if you like good and underrated indie films. [A-] Visit my blog: www.memobosque.blogspot.mx Twitter: @MemoBosque
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  2. Oct 2, 2013
    9
    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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