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  • Summary: Set during the Mexican-American War, this is the story of a group of American soldiers that are trapped in the Sierras in the midst of a terrible blizzard when one of the soldiers (Carlyle) snaps and becomes a cannibalistic maniac.
  • Director: Antonia Bird
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Thriller, Horror, Comedy, War, Western
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 101 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23
  1. 80
    Though it definitely requires a strong stomach, Ravenous may be the best cannibal tragicomedy ever made.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 50
    Ravenous loses resonance as it proceeds.
  5. Reviewed by: Doug Brod
    42
    Oddball period tale of cannibalistic shenanigans.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    Essentially approaches its subject seriously, but does take stabs both at horror and grotesque comedy, neither with much success.
  7. 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.

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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. Expand
  3. Sep 24, 2011
    10
    Absolutely wonderful film. The acting is great and the story is awesome. The more I watch this film the more I love it. Now if only theyAbsolutely wonderful film. The acting is great and the story is awesome. The more I watch this film the more I love it. Now if only they would release it on Bluray already Expand
  4. 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. Expand
  5. warcover
    Nov 6, 2007
    9
    Strikingly original, gorgeous cinematography, authentic costume design, excellent performances. This is one of those movies that will become Strikingly original, gorgeous cinematography, authentic costume design, excellent performances. This is one of those movies that will become better known and appreciated as time goes by. Apparently not many people knew what to make of it in 99. Collapse
  6. boh
    Jan 26, 2011
    9
    This is an underated gem of a film, with a brilliant soundtrack by Nyman and Albarn. It's original and creative approach constantly surprises,This is an underated gem of a film, with a brilliant soundtrack by Nyman and Albarn. It's original and creative approach constantly surprises, it never resorts to the cliche conventions of the horror genre, original directing and fantastic acting by Carlisle an d Pearce. Expand
  7. May 6, 2011
    8
    I actually found myself liking and enjoying this darkly tongue-in-cheek cannibal western. The actors had a lot to do with that; They reallyI actually found myself liking and enjoying this darkly tongue-in-cheek cannibal western. The actors had a lot to do with that; They really made the effort to sell the premise. Gory, but also wickedly amusing. Not the best movie ever, but still under-rated. Expand

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