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About the Movie
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 strays from her family principles and eats raw meat for the first time. Justine will soon face terrible and unexpected consequences as her true self begins to emerge. An unforgettable feature debut by French writer director Julia Ducournau. Winner of Best Director in the BFI London Film Festival and Fantastic Fest's "Next Wave" competition. The film's noteworthy awards also includes winner of the Fipresci International Critics Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Critics and audiences are thrilled. "Raw is an extremely confident film that will satisfy both gore hounds and purveyors of smart horror." - Joe Lipsett, Bloody Disgusting.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 142
- Fresh: 128
- Rotten: 14
- Average Rating: 7.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: If you can see past the rain of blood, Raw is a gorgeously moving film about fear and adolescence -- albeit one best viewed on an empty stomach.
Fresh: This gruesome French horror flick (2016) functions more as a mystery than as an action film, with an endless drip drip drip of revelation that gradually exposes a terrifying world behind the everyday.
Fresh: Ducournau, 33, is a promising, smart filmmaker with a lot to say, and "Raw" is quite a medium to present her ideas.
Fresh: "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.
THIS generations horror
Ask yourself, when's the last time an honest true horror film scared you to make sure your doors were locked? Make sure you're not being followed? This film is not an old school horror, but that is not to say it is not a unique horror film. This generations horror is about the sickest, goriest and grossest way to freak you out! RAW does that on many levels. I can say I can't hate on this film. Horror for a while fell into the found footage phase, and was only about mainstream big budget horror films with jump scares and dumb plots. It's all about the independent horror films where we find what we have been looking for.
RAW is definitely a hidden well directed film, But it is not meant for everyone. What got me interested is the rumors of audience members having to leave the theater for its graphic scenes, which also cause people to pass out. So I was on board, and it really does have its moments where I felt my stomach churning.
The horror genre is on a hot streak with being well made films all over the world. The acting is done very well. I always try to find a scene or a moment in a film where it seems like they try to hard for emotional pull, but with a film like RAW it's so hard to focus when scene after scene it's something new and bizarre.
I give credit when it's due, and for this film I applaud it for stepping out of the normal cliche horror and doing something different and innovative, but it is not a film I would watch twice. It is a slow burner horror film with no jump scares, just unflinching body horror. If you feel like testing stomach, RAW is the film to do it, but I suggest to not have a steak dinner before, or after seeing it
"Raw" is a familiar coming-of-age story with a twist
"Raw" is about Justine, a virginal teenage girl who goes off to veterinary school where she is away from her parents for the first time in her life.
While there, the"rookies" experience various forms of hazing from the upperclassmen. On their first night, their furniture is thrown out into the street. Later, blood is dumped on them during a class photo. Justine's older sister, Alex, encourages her to eat a rabbit's kidney as part of a rite of passage, even though Justine is a vegetarian.
Justine then undergoes a major transformation and discovers she has carnal appetites hitherto not realized. What follows is a descent into the nighmarish hell of adolescence and the depths to which young adults will go to fit in. At the core of the story though, is a sisterly bond that is repeatedly tested.
Newcomer Garance Marillier is superb as Justine. She plays the character with a certain measure of poise not usually seen from teenage actors. Writer-director Julia Ducournau also displays real promise here as a thought-provoking filmmaker with quite a bit to say about female sexuality, hazing, and even animal rights.
While some of the reviews from other reviewers here have panned the film, don't let that discourage you from seeing it. It's a unique filmgoing experience that is bound to linger on your mind long after first viewing. See it.
This movie was absurd and ridiculous, no suspense, scares or thrills. Fake hype! I would save your bucks! Not worth a dime.