We Were Here Synopsis
Filmmakers chronicle the effect of AIDS on San Francisco's gay community.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
There is no turning away from the screen.
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
The most gripping war movie you'll see this year, We Were Here tells first-hand the story of how AIDS attacked San Francisco, killing more...
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100

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
An extraordinarily moving examination of how the AIDS epidemic both devastated and transformed San Francisco's gay community, this...
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100

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Throughout We Were Here there is not a hint of mawkishness, self-pity or self-congratulation. The humility, wisdom and cumulative sorrow...
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91

Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
It's a horrific tale, filled with fear, confusion, anger, disfigurement, and loss. Weissman and Weber don't milk the pathos and they don't...
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Farber
Director David Weissman brings a rewardingly fresh and personal perspective to the subject.
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90

Village Voice

By Melissa Anderson
A simple, powerful act of bearing witness, We Were Here is a sober reminder of the not-too-distant past, when gays were focused not on...
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80

Time Out New York

By David Fear
It's far from a definitive statement-why does ACT UP, a seminal presence in SF, get such short shrift? - but this oral history provides a...
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80

Empire

A moving look behind the curtain of a rarely-explored community.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Bill Weber
Simply and devastatingly letting five residents of San Francisco share their reminiscences of that city's nightmarish "war zone" in the...
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Excellent and thoughtful film!

By bambaby7
It is really hard to make a film about HIV not depressing but this movie succeeded. It is emotional without being depressing. This movie gave a really personal feeling to something I was too young to...

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