Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Cannibal-themed horror movie is gory, gross, but smart.
  • R
  • 2017
  • 99 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 4 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Though no single message comes forward or is entirely clear, the movie gives viewers plenty to talk about, including issues related to hazing/initiations, vegetarianism, kindness to animals, and even cannibalism. Addresses the struggles that women go through to stay equal.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are interesting, three-dimensional female characters, but they don't really take command of their own destinies. In a way, they're victims.


Lots of blood and gore. Characters bite and eat body parts and slurp up blood. Car crash, with bloody victims. Brutal fight scene. Chewed-up limbs. Animal corpses shown. Severed finger. Upsetting images (eating raw rabbit kidneys, vomiting, choking on a clot of hair, dissecting animal corpses, etc.).


Graphic sex scene, with thrusting. Oral sex. Topless women, shirtless men. Naked bottoms, both male and female. Kissing, both same-sex and opposite-sex. A woman gets a bikini wax; her pubic hair is shown, though she wears panties. Graphic, dark, sex-oriented song lyrics about sex with dead bodies. Sexy dancing. Porn seen on computer (including thrusting); a man touches himelf under his shorts. Fully naked male corpse. Women shown urinating.


In English subtitles, several uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "p---y," "bitch," "ass," "fag," "d--k," "screw," "piss."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Intense partying sequence, with brief drinking, drugs, etc. College students drink heavily. Several characters smoke cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Raw is a gruesome, French-language horror film about cannibalism that reportedly made audiences both faint and vomit at film festivals. Expect extreme gore and violence, including body part eating and blood slurping, as well as fighting and other disturbing, revolting images. Sexual content is also graphic, with a male-female sex scene, a male-male oral sex scene, and gay porn shown on a computer. There's also kissing, topless women, naked male and female bottoms, and song lyrics about necrophilia. Swearing (in English subtitles) includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "p---y," and more. There's also an intense party sequence, with college-age characters drinking, possibly doing drugs, and more. Other heavy drinking and cigarette smoking are also shown. Presented almost as a challenge, this movie will be irresistible to most teen horror fans, but viewers under 18, beware.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byAaron C. June 19, 2020

Gruesome Cannibal Horror movie is Disturbing & Fascinating.

Raw is what it is, it's Raw. Cannibal Horror movie has gore, disturbing/disgusting content, sexual content & nudity. Worth a watch though.
Teen, 17 years old Written byZelcha's_Studio... January 22, 2020

a powerful violent and sexy movie

for me this movie is one of the best horror french movie.with some great gore it makes you feel like you're bones are starting to chill and i love having t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byKid200100195784 October 6, 2019

For very mature teens

I felt that this movie, while it did have one or two scenes of actual cannibalism, it was not nearly as bad plenty of other horror movies I've seen. If you... Continue reading

What's the story?

In RAW, Justine (Garance Marillier) is heading to college to study to become a veterinarian. Her family has always been strictly vegetarian, so she recoils in horror when a meatball turns up in her mashed potatoes at lunch. At school, her older sister, Alexia (Ella Rumpf), also a student, fails to show up to meet Justine. But soon Justine is caught up in various initiations and hazings from older students, starting with an all-night, drunken party -- where Justine does find her sister -- and including the required eating of a raw rabbit kidney. After participating, Justine develops a strange rash, followed by uncontrollable hunger and a craving for meat. Soon even her roommate Adrien (Rabah Nait Oufella) starts making her salivate. Meanwhile, Alexia seems to be hiding a dark secret.

Is it any good?

This French-language cannibal-horror movie reportedly made audiences in Cannes and Toronto vomit, pass out, and/or walk out; it's not really that bad, but it is playfully queasy and artfully gory. Making her feature directing and writing debut, Julia Ducournau was clearly inspired by masters like Dario Argento, Stanley Kubrick, and David Cronenberg, but she brings a new kind of female perspective to the story. Raw shows a male-dominated hierarchy and the struggles that women go through just to stay equal, from a spoken story about an overweight girl getting her shots to a urinating contest between the sisters.

But Ducournau doesn't do or say anything overtly. She buries her politics within the story's emotions. We experience just about everything through Justine's eyes and feelings. In one scene, she writhes in pain from hunger pangs or simply stomach pain, and she remains jammed under her sheets, the camera stuck in there with her. The movie can't quite figure out how to end itself, but it provides enough striking images and ideas to qualify as a strong calling card for a promising filmmaker.

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