Raging Bull Reviews

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 3, 2010
When has a performer as fully and uniquely sacrificed himself to the moving-picture cause as De Niro?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 4, 2008
De Niro is always absorbing and credible, even when his character isn't.
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Joseph McBride
Variety
March 14, 2007
Martin Scorsese makes pictures about the kinds of people you wouldn't want to know.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 14, 2007
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.
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Jessica Winter
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 11, 2005
The film that many consider the finest of its decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Glenn Abel
Hollywood Reporter
February 23, 2005
An underdog in its day and a classic today.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Though Raging Bull has only three principal characters, it is a big film, its territory being the landscape of the soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
The most obvious basis for the film's claim to greatness lies in Scorsese's devastating critique of the very codes of masculinity that shaped him as a filmmaker, and in Robert De Niro's performance, through which that critique is made flesh.
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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