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In 1847, many Americans made the journey across our continent in search of gold. Many failed to complete the journey or see their dreams come to light. Capt. John Boyd (Guy Pearce) found his way here thanks to an act of cowardice during the Mexican-American War; he has been banished to a desolate military outpost in California's Sierra Nevada mountains. Upon his arrival, he is greeted by a rag-tag group of soldiers manning the fort: Hart (Jeffrey Jones), the despondent commanding officer; Toffler (Jeremy Davies), the company chaplain; Knox (Stephen Spinella), the drunken doctor; Reich… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Imagine a film that makes A Modest Proposal-style satire out of Dracula's gothic horror tropes in the spaghetti western milieu of The Great Silence. It's a pitch-black comedy about Manifest Destiny and cannibal frontiersmen."
‑ Simon Abrams, Village Voice
"Ravenous is unlike anything else, and even if it's not to my own specific taste, I have great respect for its unrepentant weirdness."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"More than just a gory horror film in period dress, though it bears saying over and over again that even as a simple Western-horror hybrid, this is pretty great."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A terrifically well-made gory horror movie with splashes of humor."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"If you take it with a truckload of salt you may just find something of merit."
‑ Andrew Howe, eFilmCritic.com
"It's a layered and very unique satire on America's consumption of the world..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"There's an awkwardness to Ravenous' more violent scenes, and while Carlyle and Jones give zesty performances, the rest of the supporting cast is quirky to a fault."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"Director Antonia Bird and screenwriter Ted Griffin stir up an extremely unsavory concoction about cannibalism here."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"...one of those rare, genuinely subversive (of Hollywood values) films, like Beyond the Valley of the Dolls or Eating Raoul"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It'll be on cable soon enough--wait for it and you'll thank me."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"'He was licking me!' That plaintive, disgusted wail is pretty unforgettable once you've seen this one-of-a-kind tongue-in-cheek/blood-in-mouth historical horror movie that has garnered an appreciative cult audience..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
""Ravenous" could have turned out to be much more than what it ended up becoming, but thanks to an inability to take advantage of its creepy premise, all we get is a monotonous, forgettable, and worst of all, boring horror film."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"The plot begins brazenly, but the story becomes more conventional (though no less bloody) as it goes along."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"The one movie of 1999 that looks and feels like nothing you've seen before."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Accomplishes the seemingly impossible task of being overstuffed and undercooked at the same time."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
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