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October 15, 2017
Excellent Scorsese sports drama.
½ September 28, 2017
Good film. A little out dated now but still a very fun film that's worth the watch. De Niro is also outstanding in in
September 21, 2017
Even a bruising boxing match has more compassion than this film. It's moody, violent, and menacing and I couldn't wait for it to end. Some people like this type of film. I don't.
September 15, 2017
Raging bull is a fresh energetic infectious mix of well choreographed boxing stretched to it's highest possible limit, and a submerging into the inricate personal world of a boxer + good acting by rob deniro
September 11, 2017
Boxing drama that is a bit different from your average Rocky project except the same Producers.
It is a biopic of former middleweight boxer Jake La Motta.
Based in the late 1940s era it is mainly shot in a grimy black and white image of films of the era.
I will be honest it took me a while to adapt to the celluloid atmosphere of the film but the acting of De Niro as the La Motta character was mesmerising.
He is like a time bomb ready to explode with paranoia at any time. Usually directed at those closest to him including his long suffering wife and brother played by Joe Pesci with a career best performance.
Unlike your average boxing film La Motta is no hero.
He wins the World Championship at middleweight roughly halfway through the film and goes on a downward spiral.
The viewer sees the descent from the pinnacle of his career to pawning his belt to try and raise funds to defend himself against a police charge.
He is seen aging badly. A mangled, overweight sight doing terrible acts in clubs to raise money.
The fight scenes themselves are very bloody and feature lots of splatter but I would say Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby has more brutal fight choreography.
Not your average three hour epic from director Martin Scorsese this film is just over two hours.
½ August 28, 2017
Raging Bull is expertly directed by the film master Martin Scorsese! It's based off of the true story of the boxer Jake Lomatta and what he went through in his life. Robert De Niro's phenomenal performance got him an oscar for best actor and Joe Pesci a nomination for best supporting actor! The story is a great and is a must watch!
August 18, 2017
I Really The Black And White Cinematography That Was Done By Michael Chapman And Robert De Niro's Amazing Oscar Winning Peformance As Jake LaMotta.
July 31, 2017
A vicious athlete but ultimately ignorant to his own self-destructive nature, La Motta is perfectly exemplified by de Niro's unforgivable performance and Scorsese's striking imagery and expert choreography.
July 31, 2017
Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotte will alway be considered one of the greatest performances of all-time. Such a fascinating character and such brilliant technique by Scorsese that it is arguably the greatest character study of all time. The violence and temper is captured by De Niro perfectly and Scorsese doesn't let him hold back by creating an environment that matches the intensity De Niro is bringing to the character to a tee. The choice for black and white was also brilliance because Martin Scorsese understands how to work light and shadows to his advantage.
July 24, 2017
a classic. one of the greatest performances. a little boring at times but there's just something so awesome about this movie. it really is a must see.
July 1, 2017
Absolutely superb acting! Raging Bull is very real, almost too real at times. It reminds us that no matter where you come from or how successful you are, you can always go out of control into madness and lose everything. Just make the right choices people, that's all I'm saying.

De Niro absolutely captivated me with his performance as LaMotta. It's very unfortunate how his life ended up, being that he was such a talented and great fighter.

Great movie overall with terrifyingly realistic performances from all the actors especially DeNiro.
June 27, 2017
A tour de force by Martin Scorsese comparable with The Departed. The meticulously made portrayal of self-destructive Jake LaMotta will leave us intrigued after each scene. Camera work is another flair. The cult classic leaves us flabbergasted with De Niro's performance.
June 26, 2017
Raging Bull is superb, thanks to Robert De Niro's great performance and Martin Scorsese's direction.
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.
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