Raging Bull Reviews

  • Though Raging Bull has only three principal characters, it is a big film, its territory being the landscape of the soul.

    Vincent Canby — New York Times

  • De Niro and Joe Pesci are impeccable and Cathy Moriarty is iconically sexy.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • The film that many consider the finest of its decade.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The most obvious basis for the film's claim to greatness lies in Scorsese's devastating critique of the very codes of masculinity that shaped him as a filmmaker, and in Robert De Niro's performance, through which that critique is made flesh.

    Amy Taubin — Village Voice

  • It's the best film I've seen about the low self-esteem, sexual inadequacy and fear that lead some men to abuse women.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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

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

    Joseph McBride — Variety

  • There's no room for romanticism in the ring with inky black blood staining the canvas. During fight sequences, the director also uses a number of point-of-view shots designed to show the world, however briefly, from La Motta's perspective.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • An underdog in its day and a classic today.

    Glenn Abel — Hollywood Reporter

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

    Richard Corliss — TIME Magazine

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Keith Uhlich — Time Out New York

  • 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

  • Um estudo psicologico brutal sobre um homem dominado pelo ciume, a inseguranca e a paranoia e que traz, alem da direcao inspirada e expressiva de Scorsese, tres atuacoes formidaveis por parte de De Niro, Pesci e Moriarty.

    Pablo Villaca — Cinema em Cena

  • Interesting, rewarding and, at times, surprisingly episodic.

    Chris Laverty — Heckler Spray

  • 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

  • Martin Scorsese's luminous study of a man at war with his own nature remains undimmed after almost 30 years.

    Dean Essner — Total Film

  • This savagely authentic film about flawed masculinity is worth seeking out for another viewing if the summer's toothless blockbuster fodder is getting you down.

    Wendy Ide — Times [UK]

  • Among the greatest films of the 1980s, but not Scorsese's best.

    Richard Luck — Film4

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