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Shane Sackman
Super Reviewer
½ December 8, 2016
A triumph of a film. Scorsese has had a long and distinguished career along with the film's lead Robert de Niro. This movie showcases both of these film legends at their best.

It is hard to say what exactly this film is "about". The narrative plot is straightforward enough, it follows the life of a 1940-50s boxer. The movie also explores many of the complex issues of violence against women and the psychological destruction of a man who cannot accept or understand intimacy. The real magic is that these issues are expressed through the warped psychological outbursts of De Niro's character. Everyone around LaMotto can see his problem, his unhealthy obsession and suspicion but he cannot help himself. The film finds its expression through the emotional immaturity of the lead character.

LaMotto cannot introspectively evaluate his emotions. His thought process is endlessly fascinating to watch as he warps any act of kindness or love into betrayal and distance. He lacks the emotional maturity or awareness to communicate his frustrations to words. The audience simply watches as any small act or suspicion is a window for him confirm what he wants most of all, confirmation that his partner is unfaithful and by extension he is, himself, unworthy. His hate is a profound one, not a hate of others or what he attacks, but a hatred of himself. Everyone around him senses it but LaMotto simply cannot.

The film delivers the signature eye for detail that made Scorsese famous. The boxing fight scenes are brilliant and brutal. The supporting cast is excellent.
December 3, 2016
Classic. On Blu-ray.
½ November 8, 2016
4,5/5 Ratings for Raging Bull
F:97%
R:3 %
Drama 40% Sport 60%
October 22, 2016
This movie is wonderful on all fronts. Truly a masterpiece. It's not the kind that you talk too much about - you can only observe.
October 21, 2016
Two things I miss in this fight movie: the actual training for the fights and any sense of real happiness. Maybe that's the characters' make-up but it produces a movie very much on an even keel emotionally. It's probably the director's constrained attempt to give everything an almost documentary feel of realism. This sucks the blood out of the core of the story. Of course, brilliant acting and camerawork.
September 19, 2016
This story could have been told in half the time and there really is not much there. A man gets his brain addled by boxing and takes it out on others outside the ring. Down he goes, as do many athletes, even if they are not boxers. It was cinematographically great but that can't support a story as thin as this for that long. The "story" is more about how people walked, talked, behaved and dressed, and the appearance of the times than anything else. If you are enthralled by boxing, violence, and artistic filmed scenes this will please you, otherwise it is a waste of time. The film in the end tries to hang its hat on another great film "On the Waterfront" by stealing a line from it, but that is just cheap. A classical music score and a line borrowed from a truly great classic film does not make another classic film. One gallon of good paint, plus one gallon of bad paint makes two gallons of bad paint.
September 13, 2016
Overrated just a bit (!)
½ September 12, 2016
I typically don't care for Martin Scorsese films, but this one is a knockout. It has an interesting style that works well and great acting from Robert De Niro. (First and only full viewing - 7/30/2008)
September 5, 2016
An astonshingly forceful biopic from Martin Scorsese.
August 26, 2016
this to me is a true man's film! great performance by DeNiro. this film gets an A in every aspect.
August 23, 2016
Excellent story and acting.
August 19, 2016
Raging Bull is a look on a douchebag hero who struggles to control his rage in the ring and out of it. Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese make a one of a kind film
August 14, 2016
Raging Bull features Martin Scorsese at his finest at the time, and perhaps Robert De Niro's greatest performance on screen, containing complex characters and relationships (with boxing scenes that knockout any in the Rocky franchise) that make it a must-watch for all film fans.
August 2, 2016
Raging bull is one of the best movies of all time. It beautifully directed by Martin Scorcese with great dialogue scenes and exciting fighting sequences. The use of black and white makes the film more dark and gritty, while also having some funny moments. The main cast does an exceptional job. De Niro becomes Jake LaMotta and Joe Pesci gives a phenomal performance as Joey. The only issues with the film are some problems with the pace. To sum up, raging bull is one of the best Scorcese movies with some issues.
July 24, 2016
The rise and fall of a broken man. Probably the best perfomance of De Niro's career, and one of the greatest pictures directed by Martin Scorsese.
July 23, 2016
If there's great acting in this movie, somebody needs to wake me up for it.
June 27, 2016
10 out of 10:

Gripping, brutal, well directed, and the best performance from Robert De Niro, Raging Bull claims the championship for best boxing movie.
½ June 24, 2016
Incredible biopic about the boxing legend Jake LaMotta, Scorsese show the rise and fall of the champ in an amazing way, the boxing scenes are incredible and the performances by De Niro and Pesci unbelievable, definitively one of Scorsese's best films ever.
June 22, 2016
Another mediocre classic. Scorsese's main characters are all similarly despicable and hard for me to relate too/understand. A thorough and probably formerly revolutionary look at an anti-hero's pyschy.
June 19, 2016
Powerful, intense, acted to perfection. However the third act drags and doesn't fully know when to end
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