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Raging Bull (1980)

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98

Average Rating: 9.1/10
Reviews Counted: 59
Fresh: 58 | Rotten: 1

Arguably Martin Scorsese's and Robert De Niro's finest film, Raging Bull is often painful to watch, but it's a searing, powerful work about an unsympathetic hero.

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Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 1

Arguably Martin Scorsese's and Robert De Niro's finest film, Raging Bull is often painful to watch, but it's a searing, powerful work about an unsympathetic hero.

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The story of Jake LaMotta, a former middleweight boxing champion, whose reputation for tenacity and success in the ring was offset by his troubled domestic life: full of rage, jealousy, and suspicion--particularly towards his wife and manager/brother--which, in the end, left him destitute, alone, and seeking redemption.

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Mardik Martin, Paul Schrader

Aug 1, 2000

United Artists

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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (1) | DVD (38)

When has a performer as fully and uniquely sacrificed himself to the moving-picture cause as De Niro?

November 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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De Niro is always absorbing and credible, even when his character isn't.

August 4, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comment (1)
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Martin Scorsese makes pictures about the kinds of people you wouldn't want to know.

March 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (125)
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I can't pan it, but this 1980 fantasy biography of fighter Jake LaMotta seems unquestionably Martin Scorsese's weakest work, at least to that point in his career.

March 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (19)
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This film does more than make you think about masculinity, it makes you see it -- in a way that's relevant to all men, not just Bronx boxers.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The film that many consider the finest of its decade.

March 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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endlessly compelling

January 5, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
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The other night, my wife and I sat down to watch the new 30th Anniversary Blu-ray edition of Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull. I could scarcely believe it's been three decades since...

April 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks
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Raging Bull is a fascinating exploration of the mind of an emotionally disconnected man. It's brutal, crass and impossible to look away -- much like a real boxing match.

January 16, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
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Scorsese might never again find a subject as ideal as Jake LaMotta, the Bronx-based boxer whose public bouts and private demons Raging Bull chronicles with such bruising acuity.

November 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Um estudo psicológico brutal sobre um homem dominado pelo ciúme, a insegurança e a paranóia e que traz, além da direção inspirada e expressiva de Scorsese, três atuações formidáveis por parte de De Niro, Pesci e Moriarty.

January 30, 2010 | Comments (5)
Cinema em Cena

Interesting, rewarding and, at times, surprisingly episodic.

January 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Heckler Spray
Heckler Spray

Robert De Niro's metamorphosis into boxing legend Jake La Motta (AKA the Bronx Bull) is one of the most impressive acting transformations on celluloid.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

A classic that has everything to do with the capacity of even highly successful men to cope with life in general, and women in particular.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

De Niro and Joe Pesci are impeccable and Cathy Moriarty is iconically sexy.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

This savagely authentic film about flawed masculinity is worth seeking out for another viewing if the summer's toothless blockbuster fodder is getting you down.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Among the greatest films of the 1980s, but not Scorsese's best.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Martin Scorsese's luminous study of a man at war with his own nature remains undimmed after almost 30 years.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin turn in a soulful and intelligent screenplay, one that has blood dripping off the pages.

July 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is Scorsese and De Niro at their best.

March 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

For those who think Rocky is the greatest boxing movie ever made: think again.

January 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
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Audience Reviews for Raging Bull

While shooting "The Godfather Part II", Robert DeNiro found himself reading the book "Raging Bull: My Story", based on the life of 1950's middleweight boxer Jake LaMotta. It was a story he felt very passionate about bringing to the screen and took it to his good friend, Martin Scorsese. Scorsese was, at first, reluctant to do a boxing movie as "Rocky" had recently been released to massive success and he, himself, was going through a personal crisis at the time due to the failure of their previous collaboration "New York, New York" and his spiralling addiction to cocaine and lithium - leaving him hospitalised with internal bleeding. They brought in screenwriter's Mardik Martin ("Mean Streets") and Paul Schrader ("Taxi Driver") and the film eventually went ahead. It became a form of therapy for Scorsese and has since been lauded as a cinematic tour-de-force and voted - in numerous polls - as the best film from the 1980's.
Italian-American, middleweight boxer, Jake LaMotta (Robert DeNiro) has inner demons and is prone to obsessive rage and sexual jealousy which threatens to destroy his relationship with his wife Vickie (Cathy Moriarty) and brother/trainer Joey (Joe Pesci). In the ring, he a prizewinner but it's outside it, that he seems to lose everything.
On the surface, Raging Bull could be seen as just another boxing biopic, much like Denzel Washington's portrayal of Ruben "Hurricane" Carter, Russell Crowe's Jim "The Cinderella Man" Braddock or Will Smith's Muhammad "Ali". Scorsese and DeNiro's vision is an altogether different one, though. It's not their intention to glamourise LaMotta or deliver a conventional film about pugilism. Their intentions lie in exposing the man beyond the ring - where his real fights took place. The biggest opponent for "The Bronx Bull" was actually himself and his struggle with a raging, psychosexual insecurity and his propensity for self-destruction. It's here that DeNiro fully takes centre stage in what is, unequivocally, his finest moment (and that's saying something) throughout an illustrious career of exceptionally strong performances. His transformation is near miraculous; while researching and preparing for the role, De Niro actually spent the entire shoot with LaMotta so he could portray him accurately and went through extensive physical training, entering into three genuine Brooklyn boxing matches and winning two of them. According to La Motta, De Niro had the ability to be a professional fighter and that he would have been happy to have been his manager and trainer. Following this, production was stopped for two months so DeNiro could pile on 60 pounds to portray LaMotta in his older years. His commitment to the role (and project) has now become legendary and highly respected amongst his peers. Quite simply, DeNiro's smouldering (and deservedly Oscar winning) display is an absolute masterclass in the profession.
Scorsese's skills manifest in his operatic approach; he's less interested in cranking up the tension or theatrics of the bouts and more focused on the punishing brutality of the sport. He employs the use of flashbulbs, and several different sound effects - like smashing glass and squelching watermelons - to achieve an overall crunching effectiveness. He's aided immeasurably by Thelma Schoonmaker's sharp editing technique and Michael Chapman's sublime, monochrome, cinematography which serves the film as a whole in it's mood and noir-ish atmosphere. If the bouts in the ring are claustrophobic then the same could be said for the 'quieter' moments outside it; LaMotta's personal life is uncomfortably scrutinised in his abuse towards his wife Vickie and brother Joey. There are very personal scenes of fraught and jealous conversations that are unbearably tense, and fully depict how much of a brute this man really was. It's testament to the commitment of the entire cast and crew that this highly unappealing individual can make such compelling viewing.
A truly searing, cinematic classic, that addresses the unflinching, animalistic, behaviour of a man in need of absolution and redemption. It also happens to possess one of cinema's most breathtaking and riveting performances. On this evidence, there's no question that Robert DeNiro is a master of his craft and it's arguably Martin Scorsese's finest work as well.

Mark Walker
August 16, 2013
MrMarakai

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Last year I set out to watch the AFI top 100 greatest movies of all time. I've made it through quite a bit of it, but I had skipped this one over for some reason. It's just one of those movies, that I'd always wanted to watch, just never made the effort to watch it. Finally sat down and watched, and as number 4 on the list, I expected an amazing movie. But I gotta be honest, I was very underwhelmed. I generally love De Niro movies, and Martin Scorsese movies, but this just didn't work for me as much as I thought it would. The performances are all great, and De Niro absolutely deserved the Oscar. But the movie is slow, and watching it seems more like an "important" movie than an "entertaining" one. Like, the type of movie you see once and that's all you need. Made more for the "art" of the movie, than the "popcorn" value, I guess. It's the story of Jack La Motta a famous middleweight boxer in the 40's and 50's and chronicles his career from the ring to hosting a night club in retirement, and all the ups and downs of his personal life in between. The boxing scenes are great, and I really loved the Sugar Ray Robinson scenes, but when the movie veered away from the ring, it just stalled for me. I may try to watch this again sometime, and hopefully my opinion changes.
January 26, 2013
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Superbly edited, acted and directed, this top-notch boxing drama is a fascinating character study centering on an agressive and insecure man overcome by intense jealousy and paranoia. A haunting film crafted with plenty of honesty and unpretentious realism.
November 26, 2012
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

'Raging Bull'. An absolute masterclass in self-destruction by De Niro and Scorcese. I felt sick and sad for Jake LaMotta.

The camerawork by Scorcese during the boxing scenes is poetic and brutal all at once. Loved the quick cuts to the cameras and their sounds, the use of slow motion, the extreme close ups and tenderness when Cathy is kissing his eyes, the weird, cute "date" at minigolf when the courting first begins and the use of colour for their love story montage.

Then there's De Niro's Jake LaMotta. Anger constantly bubbling beneath the surface. Absolute disregard for rules or society. Paranoia, obsession, extreme jealousy, control freak. Did I mention the oh-so-violent outbursts?

I have no idea how De Niro prepared for this role, or how long it stuck with him afterwards. He is scarily good!
August 31, 2012
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    1. Jake LaMotta: You never got me down, Ray!
    – Submitted by Stefan N (15 months ago)
    1. Jake LaMotta: I bought it for my father. I bought the building.
    2. Vickie LaMotta: Oh, yeah? From fightin'?
    3. Jake LaMotta: Yeah. What else?
    – Submitted by Rolf J (18 months ago)
    1. Jake LaMotta: I'm the best, I can take it more than anybody.
    – Submitted by Guillermo L (21 months ago)
    1. Jake LaMotta: I don't go down for nobody.
    – Submitted by Guillermo L (21 months ago)
    1. Joey LaMotta: What are you trying to prove?
    – Submitted by Alex K (23 months ago)
    1. Jake LaMotta: Who's an animal? Your mother's an animal, ya son of a bitch.
    – Submitted by Stefan V (24 months ago)
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