Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23
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  1. Has all the ingredients for a cult film success but most definitely is not for everyone. It's stylish, sophisticated, venturesome--to say the least.
  2. 80
    Though it definitely requires a strong stomach, Ravenous may be the best cannibal tragicomedy ever made.
  3. 78
    Bird's grim, picture-perfect direction -- the Sierras are more character than backdrop, and everything else looks like it's already been digested and expelled -- augments what is frankly a small, albeit lusterless, gem of a horror show, for once with as many smarts as body parts.
  4. 75
    Clever in the way it avoids most of the cliches of the vampire movie by using cannibalism, and most of the cliches of the cannibal movie by using vampirism. It serves both dishes with new sauces.
  5. 70
    At its best when it’s least overtly allegorical--and fortunately that’s most of the time.
  6. 70
    Although the hinges connecting the film's elements -- slapstick, political satire, thriller, gross-out shots -- sometimes squeak loudly, they hold the movie together nicely.
  7. 63
    Unfortunately, much of the skill and craft evident during the first hour evaporate during the second, when mayhem and bloodshed supplant legitimate scares and intelligent writing.
  8. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jun 5, 2014
    60
    Ravenous is misbegotten in multiple ways. It isn’t scary enough to be an effective horror movie, or funny enough to be much of a comedy... But say this for Ravenous: It isn’t generic.
  9. Bird's keen visual imagination keeps the action grimly watchable.
  10. 50
    Ravenous loses resonance as it proceeds.
  11. 50
    An eccentric historical horror tale whose blackly comic tone wavers distracting.
  12. A potentially strong cast makes its way in deadly earnest through material that's often better suited to a Monty Python skit.
  13. For about half its length, Ravenous is a fairly effective scare picture, with a laugh or two. Then it just goes sour and pretentious. [19 March 1999, Friday, p.D]
  14. Reviewed by: Doug Brod
    42
    Oddball period tale of cannibalistic shenanigans.
  15. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    40
    I'd like to recommend it, but it's too silly. On the plus side, it's ravishingly well directed by Antonia Bird.
  16. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    Essentially approaches its subject seriously, but does take stabs both at horror and grotesque comedy, neither with much success.
  17. It's not really serious, not especially funny, and not noticeably scary. Strikeout.
  18. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    This movie is a howler as well -- possibly even intentionally -- but if it is a black comedy, the joke is overextended by far too many arms and legs. [19 March 1999, Life, p. 13E]
  19. In concept alone, Ravenous is anything but appetizing, but in execution it's worse than you'd imagine.
  20. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    25
    You don't want to see this bilge. Director Milcho Manchevski, who was fired in midproduction, is the only one with cause to celebrate.
  21. The film is one of those accursed self-styled "outrageous" comedies that play the horrific for broad laughs, with a comically inflated style of dialogue that's so hip one doubts it could have been conceived before 1997, much less 1847.
  22. Do not be concerned if laughter trickles out of the scary parts or boredom creeps into the funny parts; this is to be expected.
  23. Don't go to this movie on a full stomach. Better yet, don't go.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 27, 2014
    10
    An unappreciated masterpiece of oddball characters, patchwork music, and a story that you will absolutely never forget. Like other commentsAn unappreciated masterpiece of oddball characters, patchwork music, and a story that you will absolutely never forget. Like other comments suggested the replay value is high as a kite and the quote worthiness will leave you (and those weirdos you watch it with) making inside comments for the rest of your lives. This director has never landed anything like it before or since making it one of those amazing one hit wonders that manages to feature an almost all star cast (though many before they would be considered "stars").

    Details are important so listen closely and pay attention to every minor detail as it all has meaning and either ties into a joke or a horrific detail... if you miss it, don't sweat, you'll catch it on your second or third watch.
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  2. Mar 28, 2014
    10
    The creators thought they were making dark comedy about American expansionism and ever increasing appetites. What they thought was over theThe creators thought they were making dark comedy about American expansionism and ever increasing appetites. What they thought was over the top was actually right on the spot. A beautiful and harsh tale of America and it's equal parts monstrous greed and nobility. Great cast and amazing score. I can't make it through the movie without wanting to eat a steak though. Full Review »
  3. Jun 21, 2014
    10
    This is a movie you can watch over, and over, and over again. Even with run-on sentences! It captures the Sierra's so well and the acting asThis is a movie you can watch over, and over, and over again. Even with run-on sentences! It captures the Sierra's so well and the acting as well as the cast are spot on. Full Review »