Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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By James Berardinelli
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.
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The Dissolve

By Noel Murray
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.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
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]
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
An eccentric historical horror tale whose blackly comic tone wavers distracting.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Bird's keen visual imagination keeps the action grimly watchable.
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Entertainment Weekly

Oddball period tale of cannibalistic shenanigans.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
It's not really serious, not especially funny, and not noticeably scary. Strikeout.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
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]
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Rolling Stone

You don't want to see this bilge. Director Milcho Manchevski, who was fired in midproduction, is the only one with cause to celebrate.
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46 out of 100
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