Raw (2017)

Everyone in Justine's family is a vet. And a vegetarian. At sixteen she's a brilliant student starting out at veterinary school where she experiences a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world. Desperate to fit in, she… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: March 10, 2017
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Raw's lurid violence and sexuality live up to its title, but they're anchored with an immersive atmosphere and deep symbolism that linger long after the provocative visuals fade.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This smart, funny and extremely dark shocker gives writer/director Julia Ducournau a debut showcasing her prodigious creative instincts and perverse sense of humor.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

It's mainly about all the BS women have to put up with today, in the name of fitting in and growing up. The cannibalism's the extension, the logical end point, of the other stuff.

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Brian Orndorf

"Raw" is a pretty picture and provocative to a certain degree, but it chooses to hold back on its ghastly potential, which might inspire some post-screening conversation, but no lingering scares.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

"Raw" is a lot of things: a terrific feature debut by a promising filmmaker; an effective metaphor; an acting showcase; and, not least of all, a gross-out horror film.

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James Berardinelli

Raw feels unformed - a collage of partially realized ideas and moments that never gel.

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Jordi Costa
El Pais (Spain)

A chronicle of an inner journey - with a final surprise - that maintains the balance in a risky dreamlike tone. [Full review in Spanish]

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Alan Zilberman
Washington Post

Its command of tone is constant, even in the film's darkly droll final moments, during which you may not know whether to laugh or gag.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

You probably won't want to see "Raw" again anytime soon, but Ducournau's next cinematic smorgasbord can't come soon enough.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Ducournau's school-days guignol, with all its faults, is still more intelligent and provocative than ninety percent of the junk out there.

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