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Metascore

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90
To call this thrillingly original, deeply felt movie a coming-of-age story would be to insult it with cliché. It’s much more the story, or rather a series of interlocking, incomplete stories, about what it feels like to be a certain age and to feel caught, as the title suggests, between the desire to be yourself and the longing to fit in.
88
Slant Magazine
A delirious representation of incipient personalities in bloom, its form as amorphous and reckless as the vibrant youths it portrays.
70
Village Voice
At its finest and most affecting, The We and the I is a window onto youth’s forever moments
70
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
67
The problem with The We And The I: Gondry is focused more on moments than on the film as a whole.
60
The Guardian
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.
60
Most of the performances are as unpolished as they are heartfelt, which is both endearing and distracting.
40
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.
38
Fake documentaries annoy me — why not put in the effort and deliver the real thing? — and this one is not only aimless and stiff, it also rings false.
25
Muddled, muffled and mixing empty comedy with empty dramatics, The We and the I is an abject failure.

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