Raging Bull
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Martin Scorsese's brutal character study incisively portrays the true rise and fall and redemption of middleweight boxer Jake La Motta, a violent man in and out of the ring who thrives on his ability (and desire) to take a beating. Opening with the spectacle of the over-the-hill La Motta (Robert De Niro) practicing his 1960s night-club act, the film flashes back to 1940s New York, when Jake's career is on the rise. Despite pressure from the local mobsters, Jake trusts his brother Joey (Joe Pesci) to help him make it to a title bout against Sugar Ray Robinson the honest way; the Mob,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"When has a performer as fully and uniquely sacrificed himself to the moving-picture cause as De Niro?"
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"endlessly compelling"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Scorsese might never again find a subject as ideal as Jake LaMotta, the Bronx-based boxer whose public bouts and private demons Raging Bull chronicles with such bruising acuity."
‑ Matthew Connolly, Slant Magazine
"Robert De Niro's metamorphosis into boxing legend Jake La Motta (AKA the Bronx Bull) is one of the most impressive acting transformations on celluloid."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"De Niro is always absorbing and credible, even when his character isn't."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Jessica Winter, Time Out
"The other night, my wife and I sat down to watch the new 30th Anniversary Blu-ray edition of Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull. I could scarcely believe it's been three decades since..."
‑ Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Picks
"Um estudo psicológico brutal sobre um homem dominado pelo ciúme, a insegurança e a paranóia e que traz, além da direção inspirada e expressiva de Scorsese, três atuações formidáveis por parte de De Niro, Pesci e Moriarty."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A classic that has everything to do with the capacity of even highly successful men to cope with life in general, and women in particular."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Martin Scorsese makes pictures about the kinds of people you wouldn't want to know."
‑ Joseph McBride, Variety
"The film that many consider the finest of its decade."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Raging Bull is a fascinating exploration of the mind of an emotionally disconnected man. It's brutal, crass and impossible to look away -- much like a real boxing match."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Interesting, rewarding and, at times, surprisingly episodic."
‑ Chris Laverty, Heckler Spray
"De Niro and Joe Pesci are impeccable and Cathy Moriarty is iconically sexy."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
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