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Raging Bull Reviews

April 25, 2018
This is a masterpiece. It proves that a film can have violent undertones and overtones, but still illuminate and comment upon violence in a moving, poetic and profound way.
May 5, 2017
Martin Scorsese's obsession with a dubious mystique of masculinity turns "Raging Bull" into a ponderous work of metaphysical cinematic bull.
November 13, 2015
"Raging Bull" ultimately has a numbing effect on the brain as if one's head had been pummeled by La Motta's so-called "girlish" fists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
August 4, 2008
De Niro is always absorbing and credible, even when his character isn't.
March 14, 2007
Martin Scorsese makes pictures about the kinds of people you wouldn't want to know.
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.
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.
March 11, 2005
The film that many consider the finest of its decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 23, 2005
An underdog in its day and a classic today.
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
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
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.
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