Raging Bull Reviews
July 25, 2014
Raging bull is a masterpiece. It mainly doesn't focus on boxing but on Jake LaMotta's violent and intolerable behaviour on his wife and family. You don't live an happy life even without gaining sucess with such behaviour. Well, the message was clear.Raging bull is one of the Scorsese's best and also Robert De Niro's best performance, he was outstanding. It's always a pleasure to watch him, Joe Pesci was brilliant too. Overall acting and some epic dialogues in this movie makes it a true classic.
August 17, 2010
This film reminds me of Casino, Godfather as well as Barry Lyndon! it has some of the most beautiful shots, especially the opening credit, which makes me think of Werner Herzog's Rescue Dawn! It is powerful and simple. They were both made in one shot with cast running on the screen, and the background music...Scorsese used Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana for the opening and the end. Everyone should be emotionally charged.
August 3, 2011
Led by a relentless performance from Robert De Niro, Raging Bull is essential cinema, and possibly De Niro and Scorsese's best film to date.
March 9, 2014
De Niro is the king of awful, violent over rated movies and this is one of the most violent.
November 1, 2014
Not really a sports movie but more of a drama about a former boxing great consumed by jealousy. Scorsese and DeNiro, yeah of course it's good.
October 15, 2014
An anger-infested, but accurate and provocative look in the lives of the unsympathetic yet successful Jake LaMotta and his boxing career, his then-wife Vikki, and his verbally abusive, yet concerned brother Joey. Both De Niro and Pesci give remarkable performances throughout the film, with many other actors giving their all, as well as director Martin Scorsese, who has, all together, provided us the boxing film that has aged better as the years went on.
October 13, 2014
Arguably De Niro finest performance, most definetly one of his finest, Raging Bull is a compelling masterpiece, with a gripping story and substantial characters.
March 8, 2013
A brutal yet an honest take in sports biopics and with Martin Scorsese and Robert De Nero on board, it packs one hell of a punch.
August 7, 2014
Raging Bull has little to do with the subject of boxing per se; it's more of a character study of the flawed, tormented and troubled boxer, Jake LaMotta, and about his inability to connect with other human beings and his 'penchant' for self-destruction. Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin's screenplay unflinchingly explores what drove this man over the edge and what eventually pulled him back. Scorsese has presented the audiences with the most powerful portrayal of jealousy ever put up on the big screen, reviving the golden age of cinema (at least for a while).
As the title suggests, it's not tactics or strategy but rage that drives LaMotta as a boxer. But what's interesting is that his perception doesn't seem to change when he steps outside the ring. He still feels that he has to fight the world on his own with no one in his corner but his brother. Lamotta often destroyed his opponents with a couple of chaotic blows. But sometimes we watch him stand strong, allowing himself to be hammered, refusing to go down. Why? I believe it was his way of confession, it was his way of acknowledging the wrongs he'd done and paying for the sins he'd committed. He hurt everyone around him too much, to forgive himself. Raging Bull is extremely aesthetic and over time, it has come to represent the gold standard in film-making. People can argue that this might be the greatest American film ever made. There's not too much one can say to fight that argument.
June 6, 2010
I guess I'm one of the very few who didn't find this as great as people claim it to be. Or maybe I wasn't in the right mind to watch it. One thing's for sure though, a powerhouse performance by Robert De Niro.
July 24, 2012
Raging Bull is the greatest achievement of Frank Vincent, Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro, and Martin Scorsese, some of the greatest contributors to the film world. It is also, easily, one of the greatest movies ever. Raging Bull tells a story that defies genre, and does it in a most sobering way. De Niro's LaMotta can do nothing but evoke emotion from its audience, and for that, it may suffer among viewers. At times it may be too artsy, and at times it may be too gritty, but it is all for the greater effect. It is a masterpiece of cinema, that leaves you-the viewer-sympathizes for its victims. Never empathizing, though; how could you? There is little more to love in Jake "the Bull" LaMotta.
April 18, 2008
It is really hard not to use some sort of physically violent metaphor to describe the impact of this film on the viewer. Raging Bull is a hard hitting film.
January 19, 2014
There are two kinds of heavy violence that affects a film's level when contented: bloody and non-bloody. The bloody violence is only in the rings, while outside of the rings is the heaviness of the non-bloody violence (heavy enough to be too strong for the 4-star film to hold). The heaviness is one of two ways that stirred up the biopic's drama and become powerful, the power that's hard to fight like how La Motta fought his demons. Speaking of which, the story of La Motta fighting his demons that affected his fight to the top done most of the stirring of the drama while the characters around him were the other sources.
While the violent content and the too-much power may'd affected the film's level, the performances and the direction are generally praised. De Niro's performance is one of his best behind "The Godfather, Part II," and is almost like Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky." Pesci, who played La Motta's brother Joey, seemingly performed his best. Scorsese may'd felt this project ambitious, but it turns out to be sort-of one of his finest work, despite the film being powerful with heavy non-bloody violence. (B)
(Full review coming soon)
September 4, 2014
If only Robert De Niro can do more roles like boxer Jake La Motta. To be fair, there aren't many movies like Raging Bull. Then, there is only one Martin Scorsese. Hailed as the best movie in the 80s, this black and white film indeed engages us from the beginning to the end. A masterpiece.
May 5, 2014
While it doesn't move that well, 'Raging Bull' features an excellent performance from Robert De Niro and it portrays life in all its reality in and out of the boxing ring. This, along with 'Taxi Driver' helped establish Scorsese as someone who would become an all-time great.
August 27, 2014
This is undeniably Robert De Niro's finest performance in this painful yet moving picture about a boxing champion with a tormented soul and uncontrollable violent outbursts in this Martin Scorsese masterpiece.
August 26, 2014
Extremely raw, extremely personal, extremely good.
August 22, 2014
One of the very greats, Raging Bull finds Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro in their very, very best.
March 4, 2014
Whilst the final 25 minutes is arguably the crown jewel of Scorsese and DeNiro's partnership, Raging Bull is a plodding, dull experience. Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci's performances are powerful saviours, but Cathy Moriarty is the films weakest asset - emotionless delivery, less than a glimmer of chemistry with DeNiro, and resembling her 15 year old character as much as Scorsese does. Overall, Raging Bull is an admirable effort, but it barely raises a glass to Taxi Driver.
February 12, 2010
(First and only viewing - 7/30/2008)