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France, Belgium, Italy · 2016
Rated R · 1h 39m
Director Julia Ducournau
Starring Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas
Genre Drama, Horror

In Justine’s family, everyone is a vet and a vegetarian. At 16, she’s a gifted teen ready to take on her first year in vet school. The hazing starts immediately; Justine is forced to eat raw meat for the first time in her life, and unexpected consequences emerge as her true self begins to form.

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Melanie Greenberg Profile picture for Melanie Greenberg

One of the few horror movies I've ever had to close my eyes for! But everything about this is a triumph and a feral, building nightmare.

Cait Mohr Profile picture for Cait Mohr

As one of the newest entries into the body horror genre, Raw relies less on gross-out corporeal augmentations and more on the potential terror of extreme social maladjustment to punctuate its gruesome thrills. The specter of the outcast haunts the film far before the cannibalism even begins, manifesting itself in the struggle session-esque hazing rituals thrust upon the young Justine as she begins her life at vet school. Raw reminds me of Ginger Snaps in this way, detailing the relationship between two sisters with a gory secret that threatens to expel them from the familiar (dis)comforts of normal society.

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The Playlist by

Although the film is rooted in arthouse film territory, and is particularly inspired by the films of David Cronenberg and David Lynch, Raw turns out to be its own wild animal.


The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

The curious thing is that, as with many big-budget horror flicks, this small French-Belgian movie feels too pleased with its own outrage; the grosser it grows, the less interesting it becomes. When the carnage was over, I went out and had a steak.


ScreenCrush by Britt Hayes

To say that Ducournau’s cinematic introduction is assured would be an understatement; it’s a shrewd, insightful, and surprisingly funny film that feels like the work of a more accomplished filmmaker who has refined their talents over the course of many films and years.


Variety by Catherine Bray

Raw is a deliciously fevered stew of nightmare fuel that hangs together with a breezily confident sense of superior craft.


Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

Throughout Raw, Julia Ducournau exhibits a clinical pitilessness that’s reminiscent of the body-horror films of David Cronenberg.


We Got This Covered by David James

It’s a wonderfully bizarre movie set in a world that at first glance might be our own, yet quickly slides off the rails into gonzo territory.


The Film Stage by Ethan Vestby

Not managing to be as icky as it wants to be, Raw makes one long for the days of exploitation films that compensate for the lack of technical craft with pure, idiotic chutzpah.


Screen International by Jonathan Romney

The young cast, from the newbie leads to an army of go-for-it extras, are terrific, and Marillier is something else – ferociously expressive in a performance that’s no-holds-barred on every front.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

It’s rare to see such confidence in a first feature, yet Ducournau seems to know where she’s going at all times, keeping the narrative lean and mean while utilizing an array of stylistic techniques – slow-motion, sequence shots and tons of on-screen prosthetics – that never let up until the witty, and inevitably grisly, final scene.

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