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Life mirrors art, or so it is feared when Edgar Allan Poe's poem, The Raven, becomes the inspiration of a serial killer. This fictional period piece portrays the horror author (played by John Cusack) as an advisor on the macabre case, hoping to catch the murderer before he commits any more grisly acts.

MPAA Rating: R for bloody violence and grisly images.

Why is The Raven rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: The Raven is rated R for for bloody violence and grisly images.

Please Note: We have not viewed this movie. The information below is a summary based on data gathered from government and industry sponsored film classification agencies in various global regions.

This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:


- Visually explicit portrayals of violence, including throat slashing.

- Violent acts shown in a realistic manner detail with blood and tissue damage.

- Several depictions of shooting, stabbing and slashing.

- Frequent, sometimes brutal, weapons violence and portrayals of corpses, with blood, gore and detail shown.

- - Graphic portrayals of torture and brutality.

- Detailed disturbing scenes.

- Gory and grotesque images.

Sexual Content:

- Embracing and kissing.

- Mild sexual references and innuendo.


- One use of the sexual expletive in a non-sexual context.

- Frequent use of scatological slang, profanity, cursing and vulgar expressions.

- Slurs

Drug and Alcohol Use:

- Alcohol abuse.

- Tobacco use

The Raven
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 18A Explicit Violence.
Alberta 18A Gory Scenes.
Manitoba 18A Brutal Violence, Gory Scenes.
Ontario 18A Brutal Violence, Language May Offend, Gory Scenes.
Quebec 13+
Martimes 18A
Canadian Home Video 18A