Raging Bull Reviews

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February 22, 2015
A captivating and grueling character study with some great performances from De Niro, Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty. Propably best known for its intro, it is by all means a classic.
May 27, 2015
Objectively, one of the best film; Subjectively, one of my favorite film. Raging film that will hold your grip and watch the film again...
½ June 2, 2007
Robert De Niro demonstrates a powerful range of skill in his complex and pained character.
½ May 12, 2015
I was looking at some of the previous comments on this movie and I have to agree that this is Robert De Niro at his best. I don't believe that there has been a movie with him that is better than this. It was a good, powerful movie. Not a big fan of boxing at all, but I could appreciate the story, and Martin Scorsese's vision. Very good movie.
November 12, 2007
Vicious, unrelenting and ultimately tragic. De Niro puts it not only one of his greatest performances, but one of the greatest and most intensified of all time. Not to be cliché, but Raging Bull is amongst cinema's finest moments. What else can be said so succinctly?
March 25, 2015
The film wouldn't be the celebrated classic that it is if it wasn't in black and white. I think the striking realism of the boxing would be lost and it wouldn't feel so raw and gritty. Robert DeNiro's performance is so powerful and confrontational it elevates and manipulates the mood of his colorless world. When DeNiro gets angry you can feel it expressed through every shade. It's a brilliant character study of a self-destructive man. What I think really makes this a masterpiece is that everything stands out in the film. The acting, the music, the fighting, editing, lighting, cinematography -- everything. The movie gives you a lot to admire.
April 14, 2015
I think this is a solid drama. I don't quite see the masterpiece that, well, everyone else sees. Sometimes it was quite obvious what would happen next and sometimes I found myself looking at the clock. The fights are pretty darn stylish and the acting is great though.
April 11, 2015
One of the greatest films of all time. Perfect.
April 10, 2015
The best picture of 81'.How does Scorsese and DeNiro's best work not win Best Picture?....please explain this cruel joke to me.
Super Reviewer
½ January 3, 2015
Though Raging Bull is a finely made biographical narrative, it isn't something that I greatly adore. But as always, De Niro and Pesci delivered terrific performances. De Niro admirably portrayed an abominable character, and that surely is something.
April 3, 2015
Saw this on 2/4/15
Much like Taxi Driver and the other films of the actor-director combo of De Niro and Scorsese, Raging bull is also extremely overrated, but it benefits from a truly dedicated performance from Robert De Niro. Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty are also good. The film tells a powerful story of an unsympathetic boxing champ, but lacks a punch in it's ending. For me the best work of the pair thus far is Cape Fear.
March 16, 2015
With stunning cinematography and a landmark De Niro performance, Raging Bull is Scorsese at his best. Even though the lack of redemption in the movie can at times be disappointing (however powerful and stunning), the film still stands as an example of black and white at its best.
March 7, 2015
Gripping, dark, and powerful, Raging Bull brings out the best in Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, as well as the rest of the cast.
½ January 6, 2015
In opposition to Cinema Paradiso, the strength of Raging Bull is, in fact, in its acting - specifically Robert DeNiro. I am going on record saying this is the best individual acting performance of all time. The movie itself is very good, but it is DeNiro that elevates it to "great". The story is depressing and brutal, and the use of black and white is perfect for this film. There isn't much "feel good"quality in this film - it can be difficult to sit through the first time you watch it. But, again, DeNiro's performance is so incredibly on the mark and believable that you can begin to overlook the misery of the character and realize that you are watching perfection on screen. To be clear, this is not DeNiro's best movie - but it is his best performance.

Grade = 8.5/10
February 26, 2015
An incredibly well made film on masculinity and domineering. A film that strangely enough came from Hollywood. We will never see a film like this again come from the broader aiming Hollywood studios.
February 15, 2015
One of the few times I agreed more with the critics than the audience score. This movie is among my all time favorites...I agree the with the critic that suggested that it is the best boxing movie of all time.
July 25, 2014
Raging bull is a masterpiece. It only doesn't focus on boxing but on Jake LaMotta's violent and intolerable behaviour on his wife, friends and family. You don't live an happy life even with gaining sucess with such behaviour. Raging bull is one of the Scorsese's best and also Robert De Niro's best performance, It's always a pleasure to watch him, Joe Pesci was brilliant too. Overall acting and epic dialogues makes it a true classic.
January 29, 2015
There aren't too many performances that can measure up against Robert De Niro's Jake, and Martin Scorsese is at the top of his game behind the camera. Full review later.
½ January 14, 2012
Considered by many to be the greatest sports movie of all time, Raging Bull was said to be a chance to see Robert De Niro's talents in full swing.

Although many people consider Raging Bull to be the greatest sports movie of all time, the difference between a film like this and Rocky is the fact that Rocky was more about the sport while Raging Bull was more about Jake LaMotta himself as a person while his role in the boxing community is also put into clear focus. Either way, I consider it to be a different kind of sports movie as it is a sports biopic, but there is no denying the brilliance of it.
Martin Scorsese's detailed analysis of the self-destructive lifestyle of Jake LaMotta is incredibly well executed. Through the simplest of scenes, Martin Scorsese slowly develops his tale as it progresses through the story of a man and a boxer. As Jake LaMotta becomes a greater warrior in the ring and a more powerful man, it is at the expense of his sanity because he loses control of his rage more and more. The relationships he shares with his wife and brother are greatly affected by this, and without having to dramatise anything, Martin Scorsese builds up the intensity of it all very naturally before unleashing it in several climactic moments over the course of the film, whether they be emotionally powerful in sentimentality of striking in intensity. Either way, Martin Scorsese captures the gritty nature of Jake LaMotta's story excellently. The message of the film seems to be that Jake LaMotta was nothing but an empty shell of a man, and as his shell grew thicker, he just had more space inside him to be empty. The depiction of his loneliness and empty life is sad, but the way that it shows him confronting his demons is brutal thanks to Martin Scorsese's ability to handle the subject matter without any mercy. Upon my second viewing of Raging Bull, I realize that it is truly one of his finest works because of how he takes a simple story and puts so much style and life into it. Raging Bull saved director Martin Scorsese from killing himself with a problematic cocaine addiction, and his treatment of the screenplay crafted by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin is brilliant.
Visually, Raging Bull has a lot of artistic merits to it. In establishing the time of the film, the production design and scenery of Raging Bull do an excellent job depicting its setting of The Bronx. Everything looks beautiful from the production design to the costumes, and it is all captured by the look of beautiful cinematography which establishes a sense of nostalgia by following a classical style yet combining it with some innovative new techniques. Raging Bull is shot and edited beautifully, and the fact that the film is black and white makes it all the more timely and beautiful. In a symbolic sense, it reflects the simplicity of Jake LaMotta as a man and the aggression of him as a boxer through its black and white, so it really has a lot of meaning all while feeling classical. It is a visual masterpiece as much as it is an insightful one, and one of the most visually stellar films on behalf of Martin Scorsese.
And without the slightest falter, the cast members in Raging Bull make a brutal impact headlined by Robert De Niro in a career best performance.
The first thing that viewers get to witness in Raging Bull is the sight of Robert De Niro playing an older version of Jake LaMotta. With his incredible dedication to the role, Robert De Niro is incredibly obese. He actually gained a lot of weight to portray the much older Jake LaMotta, and it pays off because it increases his credibility and gives him the right appearance. He easily captures the aged nature of the man, and it takes a while to realise that it is actually Robert De Niro because he looks like somebody that has never been seen before on screen. Robert De Niro's physical achievement as Jake LaMotta comes into play based on both how he looks and how he fights. When viewers see him go at it in the ring, Robert De Niro floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee. His technique is amazing and the work of a truly brilliant actor. So Robert De Niro is amazing physically in Raging Bull, but I haven't even gotten to explaining the more deep aspects of his performance yet. In the role of Jake LaMotta, Robert De Niro is incredibly on key. He captures the emptiness and sadness of the man beneath his tough exterior and conveys it through his consistent aggression and blank facial expressions while he gradually breaks it down over the course of the film's progression. Robert De Niro was born to play Jake LaMotta and captures him in detail within every inch of the character, inside and out, and so it is definitely the greatest performance of his career.
Joe Pesci is stunning as well. In his breakthrough role, Joe Pesci manages to take on the role of Joey LaMotta and use it to empower Robert De Niro all while maintaining a strong character for himself. In some scenes which are just basic moments of dialogue and others which are complex scenes depicting brotherhood between the LaMottas, Joe Pesci is on par every single moment with a deep association with the character, plenty of physical energy and a flawless line delivery. He engages with the character on a perfect level to capture his Bronx nature and shares an incredibly powerful chemistry with Robert De Niro. For a film where Robert De Niro is in top form, Joe Pesci manages to stand out himself with a performance which is the second greatest of his career following his Academy Award winning role in Martin Scorsese's 1990 film Goodfellas.
Cathy Moriarty does a nice job as Vicky LaMotta as well. In her debut performance, she maintains a classical sense of beauty right for the character and maintains the stoicism of a wife dragged through a rocky relationship. As the film goes on she develops more intense in her approach to the material and so she ends up with some really strong scenes. Her screen time is small and she is overshadowed by Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, but she shows a lot of promise as an actress and works hard to establish her relevance in the film.

So thanks to a brilliant and nostalgic visual style combined with intense direction from Martin Scorsese, a screenplay that hits all the right notes and an amazing performance rom Robert De Niro as well as a powerful effort on behalf of Joe Pesci, Raging Bull truly is a great sport biopic masterpiece.
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