Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring, destroys his life outside it.
Martin Scorsese's films very often take on the body, mind and soul of their leads, which make them that much more fascinating. When that lead is spiraling into madness, the film becomes this for us to unravel; when they're cocky and banal, the film is this; when they're lusting for a continuation of a thrill when it's gone far wrong, the film is this bordering depletion of fun. For Raging Bull, self-destruction has rarely been this hard to take on screen, but this hard to turn away from at the same time.
The film is inside the mind of Jake LaMotta and loathing it, just as he loathes himself. The misogyny, brutality, jealousy, distorted self-imagery, carelessness and behind it all,…
While many claim this is Martin Scorsese best film I must respectfully disagree! I see it more as the primordial ooze from which all of Scorsese's films draw their first breath! His artistic seminal gene pool if you will!
A difficult film to rank as it deals with a very flawed real life character whom has no redeeming qualities! The strengths of the film revolve around the brutally realistic fight scenes! And what I consider to be Robert De Niro's role of a lifetime! All of which pales in comparison to Scorsese's directorial expertise!
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"Raging Bull" is a cinematic art at it's highest form, a tone poem, a character study, and a biography all flawlessly rolled into majestic package.
Throughout the entire film the acting is simply impeccable, De Niro and Pesci are both stunning. The fight scenes are famous for their brutal realism and it's easy to see why. Scorsese puts you right in the ring with the fighters and you can't help but admire their technical brilliance.
"Raging Bull" is a masterpiece and definitely a cinematic gem in black and white.
Kind of overrated if you ask me. Great performance from De Niro though. I just didn't find it that interesting or engaging. It was good, but one of the best movies of all time? I think not.
I think for everyone there is a movie that seems to elude them. For me it was Scorsese's Raging Bull. I know, I know. Some of you are probably already shaking your heads. I absolutely LOVE Scorsese. I think he does great things for cinema and for Hollywood as well. His movies are highly accessible and (for the most part) profitable, but they offer up lots of great stuff for cinephiles and film critics to eat up. If you ask any film fanatic today what movies and or directors got them into film, I'm sure Scorsese's name pops up on the list. But all of this does not excuse the fact that I waited so long to see this movie.…
"The thing ain't the ring, it's the play. So give me a... stage where this bull here can rage and though I could fight I'd much rather recite... that's entertainment."
In 1976 Martin Scorsese teamed up with Robert De Niro and screenwriter Paul Schrader to deliver what in my opinion is one of his best films: Taxi Driver. That year that complex character study lost out on the Oscar to Stallone's Rocky. So what does Scorsese do next? He directs a real boxing movie with another memorable and complex character played by Robert De Niro making Rocky look like a cartoon character. Don't get me wrong, I loved Rocky, but Jake La Motta is a character that feels much more…
Raging Bull may be one of the first Scorsese-style biopic, but it's also his very best.
I don't know how it's possible... But I love this more with every viewing.
Slightly slow at the start. What a movie, tho.
MASTERPIECE. There is no other way to describe this film.
DeNiro's best performance (no, not because he gained weight). Undoubtedly Scorsese's best movie.
Part of 50 before 30
Still a very good and dark / powerful movie and great cast. Not one of my personal favourite Scorsese movies though
right from the initial credits' score to the ending monologue this film is a straight up masterpiece.
Directing, acting, storytellin' all flawless. Pesci shines in this complex role as well as Bob kills it as the furious Jake.
damn, flawless indeed.
Arguably Martin's Scorsese best work, Raging Bull is exactly what the title implies. Robert De Niro's character fights in everything he does, whether it is good or bad. He has a hard time listening to others and has respect only for himself. This movie is hard to sit through, like most of Scorsese's work, but is still a masterpiece of cinema.
One of Martin Scorsese's most widely praised achievements, Raging Bull definitely ranks among the very best of his filmography and, without a doubt, it's his most intense and hardest-to-watch film. This biopic and character study of boxer Jake LaMotta is an overwhelming piece of filmmaking with an extraordinary cinematography, amazingly staged fights, unsympathetic but humanly portrayed characters, flawless editing, superb directing, and top-notch acting performances from Robert De Niro, in the role of his career (though Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver might rival that), Joe Pesci, and Cathy Moriarty.
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