Eating Raoul (1982) - Rotten Tomatoes

Eating Raoul1982

Eating Raoul (1982)




Critic Consensus: Eating Raoul serves up its spectacularly lurid tale with a healthy heaping of pitch-black humor and anarchic vigor.

Eating Raoul Photos

Movie Info

Eating Raoul was celebrated at the time of its release as the perfect marriage between mainstream moviemaking and the so-called "underground" cinema. Cult-film icons Mary Woronov and Paul Bartel (both of whom directed) play a married couple who decide to cash in on the sexual perversions of others. Posing as a hooker, Woronov lures the "johns" in and indulges their every kinky whim, whereupon Bartel kills the unwary client, steals the valuables, and sells the corpse for dog food. Though they see nothing wrong in what they're doing, they react in prudish disgust at the sexual preferences of their victims. Eventually, Raoul (Robert Beltran), the fellow who transports the corpses to the dog food concern, proves expendable--and extremely edible. Eating Raoul features a high-powered comic supporting cast, among them Buck Henry, Ed Begley Jr., Richard Paul, Hamilton Camp, and Edie McClurg.

Watch it now


Paul Bartel
as Paul Bland
Mary Woronov
as Mary Bland
Robert Beltran
as Raoul Mendoza
Susan Saiger
as Doris the Dominatrix / Nurse Sally Cummings
Buck Henry
as Mr. Leech
Richard Paul
as Mr. Kray
Dan Barrows
as Bobbie R.
Hamilton Camp
as Mr. Peck
John Paragon
as Sex-Shop Salesman
Mark Woods
as Hold-up Man
Don Steele
as Howard Swine - Swingers Party Host
Billy Curtis
as Little Person
Darcy Pulliam
as Nurse Sheila
Anna Mathias
as Ms. Adams - Bank Secretary
John Shearin
as Mr. Baker - the Horny Patient
Garry Goodrow
as Drunk Swinger
Darcy Pullian
as Nurse Sheila
Rick Waln
as Doris' Admirer
Robert V. Barron
as Butler at Swingers Party
View All

Critic Reviews for Eating Raoul

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (2)

Paul Bartel's Eating Raoul is about lurid sex, murder, cannibalism and greed. It's also the best comedy of the fall season.

April 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Problem is, it's so laid-back it eventually gets monotonous. If the style and pacing had been as outrageous as the subject matter, we might have had something really amazing here.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Made on a non-existent budget, here is a kick right in Hollywood's bloated butt.

February 13, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Nicely lays out capitalism on the chopping block. In an obsessively consumptive culture like America's, the only way for a common couple to strive is through killing, then consuming.

November 26, 2012 | Rating: 4/5

Despite the consistency of the film's droll take on murder and mayhem, it still feels oddly uneven and skimpy, as if there just isn't quite enough meat on its narrative bones.

October 9, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Bartel's cult classic paved the way for many rude satires about sex, murder, and cannibalism.

June 21, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Eating Raoul


Silly con carne

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

This movie had such a mystique about it that it could not live up to the expectations I had, but now I can say I have at least watched it.

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

A very funny cult movie, I really liked it, the story is really good too.The only thing I didn't really like was the ending, but still, I highly recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Eating Raoul Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features