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½ May 12, 2017
The best part of "Raging Bull" is for sure Robert De Niro's impressive performance. It is definitely one of the best of his career and that certainly is high praise for such an excellent actor. It's a compelling character even though he is also very dislikable. I think the story is good overall, but the pacing is very slow. The movie is well-made and really feels reflective and in the past by being shot in black and white. I think it is worth seeing for the stylistic directing, good writing, and great performances. I don't think it is among Scorsese's best but it is definitely a movie worth seeing for De Niro.
May 11, 2017
They had to stop filming (and keep paying the crew) for DeNiro to tour Europe for 4 months and put on 60 pounds to be fat for "old version" LaMotta. Scorsese apparently didn't even like boxing but made an unforgettable film about it. I liked the fact that he didn't focus too much on the mafia elements of the story and kept you hoping that DeNiro's character would turn things around. Favorite scene was DeNiro punishing himself in the cell at the end.
½ April 30, 2017
Subtle, astoundingly clever and troubling, this 1980 fighter Jake LaMotta biography benefits from De Niro's and Scorsese's top form. The result might arguably be one of the most powerful downfall ever depicted on the big screen. In a few words, 'Raging Bull' remarquably occupies its 128 minutes with both style and substance, and is a film to be watched, rewatched and interpreted through different lenses in order to be fully appreciated.
April 29, 2017
Movie of Masterpiece!
Shane Sackman
Super Reviewer
½ March 22, 2017
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 to 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 also excellent.
March 17, 2017
My opinion---

Raging Bull, is an extraordinary film and biography on the life of the great boxing champion Jake LaMotta, carried out masterfully by the brilliant Martin Scorsese. In this incredible film about the life of this great American boxer of Italian origin nicknamed "the bull of the Bronx". He came from a modest background and reached the heights thanks to mythical fights, notably against Sugar Ray Robinson and Marcel Cerdan, who will lead him to the title of world middleweight champion. But then he knows the failure of his private life (divorce, reconversion as manager of nightclub ...).
A magnificent film full of truth and emotion, I remember the incredible effort that Robert De Niro had to make by growing 27 kilos to play the role of Jake LaMotta after his career as a boxer. An exceptional achievement by Martin Scorsese and such an exceptional performance by Robert De Niro. This great biographical film retraces the life of Jake LaMotta. In 1990, American critics chose him as the best film of the decade. It is true that this film is incredibly good.
December 25, 2016
Robert De Niro is sooooo good. Sad story. Nice soundtrack.
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.
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