Raging Bull Reviews

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Top Critic
Joseph McBride
Variety
March 14, 2007
Martin Scorsese makes pictures about the kinds of people you wouldn't want to know.
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
January 13, 2007
For those who think Rocky is the greatest boxing movie ever made: think again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's the best film I've seen about the low self-esteem, sexual inadequacy and fear that lead some men to abuse women.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
There's no room for romanticism in the ring with inky black blood staining the canvas. During fight sequences, the director also uses a number of point-of-view shots designed to show the world, however briefly, from La Motta's perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 11, 2005
Scorsese and De Niro built up such a rapport that the actor became an extension of the director's vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matthew Connolly
Slant Magazine
November 2, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
March 22, 2005
Jake's inner struggles dovetail with his performance in the ring, and the film
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
August 27, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Chris Laverty
Heckler Spray
January 4, 2010
Interesting, rewarding and, at times, surprisingly episodic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 8, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
The boxing sequences have little to do with reality, but cinematically they explode.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 18, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
The true story of championship prizefighter Jake La Motta, this is unmannered, unpretentious filmmaking that tells its story with startling authenticity, but it's a movie that leaves you feeling as beat up as one of La Motta's opponents.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Filmed in a gritty, naturalistic style in luminescent black and white, Martin Scorsese's tortuous film is a fascinating exploration of a diseased man's soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 93/100
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
March 20, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 29, 2004
Raging Bull is a screen biography of Jake La Motta, a searing look at the sport of boxing and a riveting drama revolving around grand passions.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 5, 2005
a masterpiece
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 9, 2007
Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin turn in a soulful and intelligent screenplay, one that has blood dripping off the pages.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
January 30, 2010
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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