A family implodes with a biting commentary on patriarchy.
Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times, 2013-12-16
"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.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2013-10-17
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.
Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2013-10-11
The movie stays elegantly restrained just long enough for the true horror of what they're doing to sink in.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2013-10-10
A campy and sometimes elegant American Gothic horror story.
Peter Keough, Boston Globe, 2013-10-10
The movie saves most of its modest number of jolts for its last quarter or so, which makes them all the more intense. They stick in your craw - and be warned, they're not for the squeamish.
Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 2013-10-03
"We Are What We Are" is a first-rate example of good storytelling and well-timed - while not excessive - gore.
Sara Stewart, New York Post, 2013-09-27
Mickle never seems in a hurry, so there is time to take note of the detail. "We Are" is rich in that regard.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 2013-09-26
It's all a little silly, but Mr. Mickle's restrained gravity stifles the impulse to laugh.
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 2013-09-26
At 72, Parks turns in one of the most tender performances of his career - before reminding us, in the end, that he's still a guy who can sit across a table and make you tremble in fear with a stony gaze.
Ian Buckwalter, NPR, 2013-09-26
A [horror] film where ambiance, glossy imagery and performance are more effective than the splatter.
Jordan Hoffman, New York Daily News, 2013-09-26
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.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club, 2013-09-26
It's a sinister, wistful and even sad portrait of one family that has followed the insanity and bloodthirstiness of American history into a dark corridor with no exit.
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 2013-09-25
It isn't until the ending, which turns the squirm amplifier up to 11 and exceeded even my horrific expectations, that we finally see the story's potential realized.
Pete Vonder Haar, Village Voice, 2013-09-24
One of the best American horror films of the year.
William Goss, Film.com, 2013-09-24
We Are What We Are is a re-make that succeeds superbly while remaining true to the strange and sad intimately grotesque spirit of the original.
James Rocchi, MSN Movies, 2013-05-20
Genre buffs will dig in with gusto.
Guy Lodge, Variety, 2013-05-20
There's some fun to be had, as long as your idea of fun includes being grossed out.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2013-10-10
The original was nothing special, but at least it had a sense of humor and a modicum of social insight.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2013-10-10
Outside of its cracked psychology (well conveyed by papa Bill Sage), We Are What We Are is horror leftovers, neither inedible nor piping hot.
Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York, 2013-09-24