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

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Raging Bull Reviews

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Joseph McBride
Variety
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Martin Scorsese makes pictures about the kinds of people you wouldn't want to know.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 14, 2007
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com

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

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 4/5

January 13, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Scorsese and De Niro built up such a rapport that the actor became an extension of the director's vision.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

February 11, 2005
Matthew Connolly
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

November 2, 2010
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Jake's inner struggles dovetail with his performance in the ring, and the film

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

March 22, 2005
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

| Original Score: 5/5

August 27, 2002
Chris Laverty
Heckler Spray

Interesting, rewarding and, at times, surprisingly episodic.

Full Review Source: Heckler Spray | Original Score: 4/5

January 4, 2010
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

| Original Score: 3/5

December 1, 2003
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A-

May 8, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The boxing sequences have little to do with reality, but cinematically they explode.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

| Original Score: 5/5

November 18, 2002
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

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 Source: Flick Filosopher | Original Score: 9/10

January 1, 2000
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

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 Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 93/100

January 1, 2000
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

| Original Score: 5/5

March 20, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

January 29, 2004
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

a masterpiece

| Original Score: 5/5

April 5, 2005
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

July 9, 2007
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

January 30, 2010
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