• R, 2 hr. 8 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Martin Scorsese
    In Theaters:
    Dec 19, 1980 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 1, 2000
  • United Artists

Critic Review - Chicago Reader

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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Miguel Monteiro

"As LaMotta, Robert De Niro gives a blank, soulless performance" You are a soulless men!

May 4 - 08:07 AM


marcus holston

is this guy actually saying that this is worse than box car bertha? or does he know nothing of scorseses previous work

Dec 4 - 09:13 PM


Zach Caruso

First of all from your picture you look like a 60 year old woman. Second of all you are a mother *****ing retard.

Nov 30 - 10:05 AM


Nick Sullivan

So what, what's his previous work got to do with this film you turd. Why not just rate this movie for THIS movie.

Dec 10 - 01:53 PM


Jon-Michael Brothers

Why'd you give it a nice and ripe tomato then? A ridiculous review. Robert Deniro's performance in this movie is regarded as one of the greatest performances of all time. And this happens to be one of Scorsese's best movies. Top 3, probably. And I agree with a previous poster. You really do look like a 60 year old woman in your picture. "Unquestionably Martin Scorsese
s weakest work." You are unquestionably a major douche-bag.

Feb 6 - 08:39 AM

Michael P.

Michael Patison

I couldn't agree more. This film has to rank up there with Goodfellas and The Departed as the three greatest Scorsese movies of all time, and he's had some pretty damn good ones.

Jun 24 - 10:49 AM

Mask F.

Mask Face

dave u r my gran

Mar 13 - 08:54 AM

James B.

James Bong

this dude looks like a tranny and gave raiders of the lost arc and i think every star wars a rotten.

Aug 15 - 09:11 PM

Manik Hindwan

Manik Hindwan

what the hell are you trying to say ??

Oct 7 - 06:33 PM

Manik Hindwan

Manik Hindwan

dave kehr is the biggest hater of classic movies !!

Oct 7 - 06:34 PM

Manik Hindwan

Manik Hindwan

Oct 7 - 06:34 PM

Mysterious F.

Mysterious F

I agree with him, it is the most lauded good movie ever, besides The Godfather.

Nov 21 - 02:29 PM


Tommy Jay

are you a ****ing old **** or a fat baldheaded jew **** you stupid heartless ****ing kike cocksucker!!!

Dec 2 - 06:47 PM


Alex Wilson

First off I would change that pic because I've always thought you were a woman. Secondly Raging Bull is definitely in the top ten movies of all time and anyone who has seen it cannot doubt it. I've read a lot of your other reviews and it is quite obvious you are a moron. I could do this job better than you - you may laugh - but I'm sure I know more about film then you and know what good is. Seriously if I met you I would laugh in your face. Good day.

Mar 1 - 02:00 AM


Miles Mueller

Boxcar Bertha is definitely Scorsese's weakest work, and Raging Bull is one of if not the best of his work. This guy is pretty dumb.

Mar 3 - 01:15 AM

The Stunner

Tiago Paulo

suck incredibly, painfully, unbearably stupid comments.

Jun 4 - 04:35 PM

Zach Thomas

Zach Idiculla

Dang, can't a person have their own opinion? Its a fresh review anyhow

May 8 - 09:53 AM


Mr. Mxzyzptlk

I find it so strange that commenters here act as if difference of opinion is somehow a bad thing. That there is definitely, certifiably a canon of all-time greats that can never be questioned. The sense of anger and vitriol and immature ridicule that you people use to attack a difference of opinion already defeats your intended purpose: to prove that you 'know better' than the critic in question, whose capsule review is, while controversial, perfectly lucid and harmless.

And I like Raging Bull, but unlike its other rabid fans I apparently don't have childish hostility to anyone who disagrees with me.

Dec 20 - 12:58 PM

David G.

David Gee

There's nothing wrong with a reviewer having a different opinion, but if you run through all the classics you'll see a good number of them where Dave Kehr is the only one of one of the very few giving the movie a "rotten" rating. Or in this case barely "passing the smell test". He seems to get a kick out of having the unique vision of seeing classics for being so much less than what they are. You know how unknown critics insincerely praise crappy movies to get their names in the paper? Well, it seems Kehr rips on classics to...really, what the hell is this jackass's reason...

Jan 22 - 12:43 AM

Alvin Lee

Alvin Lee

you are just dumb.

Mar 2 - 07:50 AM

Gage Kent

Gage Kent

Dumbest thing I have ever read... and I just came back from reading youtube comments.

Nov 4 - 11:15 PM

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