We Are the Best! is the rare film about childhood friendship that seems to take place inside the world of children, not filtered through an adult scrim of nostalgia.
Dana Stevens, Slate, 2014-07-21
The whole thing is very smart and sweet, as are the performances.
Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, 2014-06-26
This is a knowing film, and a liberating one.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2014-06-19
The young actresses are flawless, and their ear-banging music, which remains awful throughout the film, is nonetheless full of static electricity.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2014-06-19
A note-perfect coming-of-age story masquerading as a Behind the Music documentary
Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader, 2014-06-13
[Moodysson] captures the crushing urgency and emotional craziness of youth. It's not blood that flows through these girls' veins, it's nitroglycerin.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2014-06-13
"We Are the Best!" is a messy, congenial empowerment story that knows how aggravating adolescence can be when you refuse to fit in.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2014-06-12
It's a title that makes quite a statement. Few viewers will be inclined to argue.
John Anderson, Newsday, 2014-06-12
It's impossible not to root for these appealing if flawed youngsters.
Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 2014-06-05
There just aren't enough films about teen-age girl punk bands made by left-wing feminist Swedish Christian males.
Anthony Lane, New Yorker, 2014-06-02
Sometimes too faithful to teenage aimlessness, We Are the Best! can be shapeless and uneventful. But the movie often jolts to life, whether with outbursts of hostility or moments of gleeful female bonding.
Mark Jenkins, NPR, 2014-05-30
One of the funniest and happiest movies I've ever seen about early adolescent girls and their wayward, fitful joyousness.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2014-05-30
The movie is refreshingly sensitive to gender, but also transcends it. What unites the three clashing heroines is their resistance to conventional cliques and schoolhouse conformity. In more ways than one, they're a band of outsiders.
Michael Sragow, Orange County Register, 2014-05-30
When the girls chant the film's titular mantra, not only do we feel like it's true, we feel we've earned the right to chant along.
Pasha Malla, Globe and Mail, 2014-05-30
Audiences can be pleased to find a story in which its young female characters aren't victims, or even pretty little liars, but just friends. And good ones, at that.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2014-05-30
If ever a movie earned the exclamation point in its title, it's Lukas Moodysson's "We Are the Best!"
Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 2014-05-29
We are the Best! is smart, funny and real, an honest peek into the secret lives of girls.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, 2014-05-29
What we have here is an exhilarating blast of a movie, full of heart but still punk rock... We Are the Best! is loud, crude, socially irresponsible and totally irresistible.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2014-05-29