Raging Bull
Raging Bull (1980)

The story of Jake LaMotta, a former middleweight boxing champion, whose reputation for tenacity and success in the ring was offset by his troubled domestic life: full of rage, jealousy, and suspicion--particularly towards his wife and… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 19, 1980
DVD Release Date: August 1, 2000
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Arguably Martin Scorsese's and Robert De Niro's finest film, Raging Bull is often painful to watch, but it's a searing, powerful work about an unsympathetic hero.

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Martin Scorsese's obsession with a dubious mystique of masculinity turns "Raging Bull" into a ponderous work of metaphysical cinematic bull.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

De Niro is always absorbing and credible, even when his character isn't.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

It's certainly bruising to watch, thanks both to the ferocity of its fight scenes and the violent misogyny of its protagonist. This is a film that doesn't pull any punches when it comes to portraying machismo.

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

"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.

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Joseph McBride

Martin Scorsese makes pictures about the kinds of people you wouldn't want to know.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

endlessly compelling

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

When has a performer as fully and uniquely sacrificed himself to the moving-picture cause as De Niro?

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Leonard Maltin

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...

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Superbly directed, edited and acted, this top-notch boxing drama is a fascinating character study centered on an aggressive, insecure man overcome by intense… More
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'Raging Bull'. An absolute masterclass in self-destruction by De Niro and Scorcese. I felt sick and sad for Jake LaMotta. The camerawork by Scorcese… More
Mark Walker
While shooting "The Godfather Part II", Robert DeNiro found himself reading the book "Raging Bull: My Story", based on the life of… More
Lucas Martins
Violent poem of the anti hero Jake LaMotta. Beautiful masterpiece of Scorsese, that bring De Niro's unforgettable acting. A painful nightmare redemption in… More
Everett Johnson
Last year I set out to watch the AFI top 100 greatest movies of all time. I've made it through quite a bit of it, but I had skipped this one over for some… More
Daniel Lermenator
Raging Bull boasts great direction and a vivid performance by Robert De Niro. It is a great character study like Taxi Driver, and is just as good as that film… More