88

Slant Magazine

By Jesse Cataldo
A delirious representation of incipient personalities in bloom, its form as amorphous and reckless as the vibrant youths it portrays.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

Upon leaving the theater I had a feeling like I just got to know a bunch of kids: some great, some annoying, but all living lives that extend beyond what little I saw of them on the screen.
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80

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
By the end of the ride, we’ll see glimpse of happiness, sadness, joy, heartbreak, maybe even tragedy, if cell phone-shot recollections are to be believed. All bases are covered, in other words, in one late-afternoon ride, a ride Gondry and his cast will make you want to take.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Still, credit Gondry, like Tocqueville before him, with at least re-examining tired clichés and scraping the rust off stereotypes.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By David Rooney
Michel Gondry takes an idiosyncratic, funny, unexpectedly poignant snapshot of American youth in The We and the I. Rambling and unpolished, the film has a scrappy charm that springs organically from the characters and their stories rather than being artificially coaxed.
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60

The Guardian

By Henry Barnes
Gondry's argument – that pack mentality crushes individual expression – follows a similarly predictable route, but there's enough of his signature playfulness (especially in the use of mobile-phone footage to present flashbacks) to keep the journey entertaining.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Most of the performances are as unpolished as they are heartfelt, which is both endearing and distracting.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

It's a fun ride for the most part, with a bumping soundtrack and genuine moments of warmth and heartbreak. But one can't help but wish Gondry had simply let the camera roll, and let the kids speak for themselves.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Because he made "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004), there will always be high expectations for a new film by Michel Gondry. But while his new movie The We and the I, is intriguing in fits and starts, it isn't in the same league.
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40

Time Out New York

By David Fear
By the end of the ride, the movie’s messy humanity has officially calcified into After-School Special clichés; given the choice between handcrafted whimsy and heavy-handedness, we’ll take the former, thanks.
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65 out of 100
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