Raging Bull (1980) - Biography, Drama, Sport

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The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violence and temper that led him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.

IMDB: 8.2
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty
Length: 129 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 58 out of 528 found boring (10.98%)

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Sorry everybody but I found Raging Bull dead boring .

Boxing scenes are very disturbing, they are short, and very brutal - although this picture is filmed in black and white, it's look stunning.

After fighting each other for ten intense rounds, the judges must chose their pick, and they vote Robinson being the winner.

It is one of the most intense and electric movies I've ever seen.

How the very slow and agreeable scenes melded quickly with the fast paced boxing scenes.

This movie is compelling and powerful with truly stirring fight scenes and a touching ending, well worth watching.

It has all the classical aspects of a Scorsese film: beautiful editing, superb camera work, great score, stunning visual sequences.

Its some of the best editing I've ever seen especially during the fight scenes where it's positively breathtaking.

simply put this movie is a colossal waste of time.

It is true; LaMotta is unbearable to watch, his actions: despicable.

The fight scenes are some of the most intense scenes I have ever seen.

In actual fact, it took me three attempts to watch it the whole way through (I fell asleep on the previous two occassions).

to play the last part of this character's story, De Niro's performance as the real-life boxer La Motta brought the very intense story to the big- screen.

Oscar Winner De Niro takes the cruel heart of Le Motta and portrays it in such a way that is deeply disturbing and riveting viewing.

Trust Scorsese to get another fine performance from Pesci, though, the first of three stunning acting performances from the actor/director combo.

With good actors, good soundtrack, good story (with exciting scenes, touching scenes, scenes that let you laugh and scenes that make you cry).

It's a despairing situation to document, but an unflinching and fascinating one at that.

Love, deceit, hate, an underlying theme of violence, some of the best acting ever put on film as well as some of the most brutal and compelling sequences of boxing you'll ever see: all are shown with flamboyance and an honest brutality that we've come to accept as the trademark of Martin Scorsese in this poignant tale of one man's annihilation of self.

One of American Cinema's most breathtaking accomplishments, made only possible by Scorsese's genius direction and De Niro's determined ability to become the character of Jake LaMotta.

There is rapid cross-cutting in a series of short takes to give the action a very intense feel.

i found the entire movie a complete bore and horribly depressing.

, or the script that made it more odious than it should be , the question is , the direction of Martin Scorcese is good as always, the picture is good , the soundtrack not won me over , and the pace I found it slow, I really hoped pro film ends as fast as possible , the performance of Robert De Niro is excellent ( the most positive point film) , the cast it's great , Joe Pesci , John Turturro , Frank Vincent , Cathy Moriarty , etc., Raging Bull did not like , even if the film was highly acclaimed in reviews , I do not like , I kinda slow , plus at least the performance Robert De Niro is impeccable.

Equally as intense as DeNiro as Joe Pesci as Jake's brother Joey, who had his own problems.

It is an intense examination of the volatile and self- destructive boxer, Jake La Motta - his jealousies, his insecurities his explosive anger...

An Oddly Rousing Chronicle of the 'Bronx-Bull'.

It is tragic simply because it is a wonderful piece of cinema marred by a completely banal and two-dimensional character.

Although, I generally end up liking them – I loved Chicago, and had to be dragged to that one, too – it's still a chore for me to get started with them.

MGM/UA has given us a stunning new transfer of "Raging Bull".

On a more negative side, I found the movie to be plodding at times and since the drama around LaMotta was quite one-dimensional, I would have rather seen this movie go more into the boxing and the training aspect (like Rocky did).

It was probably one of the most predictable Academy Awards ever that year, because Robert De Niro just blew everyone else away.

it's still one of the cinema's most breathtaking films.

Don't expect a subtle movie, because this is intense, in your face, entertainment.

Overall, the movie was fascinating.

DeNiro did a great job acting, but it was wasted on this boring character and horrendous plot!

Maybe the over-brutal and in fact over-exciting boxing scenes.

The evocative black and white (except for rare color sequence) cinematography really captures the mood and feel of old time boxing news reels.

The cinematography is notable and stunning especially during the actual boxing scenes, with an unforgettable opening!

The piece is sometimes slow, but never boring, and usually entertaining.

Then during the fights (which are pretty intensive) he made me stand by him, expecting him to win.

brutal, intense Scorsese classic .

The direction and tone is breathtaking.

And Cathy Moriarty, as La Motta's wife, Vicki, is stunning, conveying her character to us with cool-eyed intelligence.

just a boring mess of a film thats shot in black and white.

Riveting Life Story .

A complete waste of time .

An exciting and beautiful film.

Re-watching his oeuvre is a painful experience for me - discovering how pretentious and shallow his movies all are.

Growing bored in retirement, Jake opens a nightclub where he spends more and more time, pursuing his next greatest love, entertaining.

A self-indulgent, overlong and inexcusably boring trip through art-town cinema.

The fight scenes are other worldly – exaggerated to the extent that it is breathtaking and more shocking than previous boxing scenes in other movies.

Complementing this movie's emotional strenght we see spectacular cinematography work and great boxing sequences that are as gripping as you can get.

This film is a stunning, brilliant, breathtaking masterpiece.

Along with Cathy Moriarty's depiction of wife Vickie, "Raging Bull" offers a compelling portrait of a man racked by personal insecurity and inner torment, who's brutal nature could only find release in a sport as physically demanding as boxing.

Riveting, immaculate and emotional, this is a must see, especially for anyone who enjoys the work of Robert DeNiro and Martin Scorsese.

However, it is easy to forget how boring the characters are because the actors are so advanced they portrayed the plain characters in such a complicated way, so it gets a pass.

The story was choppy and hard to follow.

The score was fascinating.

Ostentatiously pretentious with a one-dimensional central character .

With it's immaculate attention to detail and De Niro's oh so intense performance this film is as arid as any i've ever seen.

This movie to me missed stamina and was extremely dull, to say the least.

Over 2 hours is a challenge for most to stay awake that long.

Well made, but dull .

The way up is slow, stubborn and hard.

Raging Bull is one of the greatest films ever made,an excellent,powerful and unforgettable Masterpiece of cinema that combines amazing direction,powerful acting,beautiful music and stunning photography.

The rest of the film is like this, a slow decent into LaMotta's own private hell, and then salvation.

I would say the most fascinating thing about Jake LaMotta besides the fact he was one of the greatest boxers of all time is that he was friends with and personally knew several members of Nino Gaggi's uncontrollable DeMeo Street Crew of the Gambino Crime Family featured in the best selling book Murder Machine by Jerry Capeci and Gene Mustain.


DeNiro is breathtaking as boxer Jake La Motta, a Tour De Force performance.

The story moves well with few, if any, lulls and each fight scene is fairly credible although a little too brief.

Boxing movies tend to be formulaic, where the protagonist is a moral man who triumphs over adversity.

Any honest person who watches this film will find a riveting, emotionally draining film about what it means to be human.

To me the film was just a crashing bore.

But, if I am allowed here to try a kind of meta-comment: Somebody wrote, that this film "will remain in my heart forever: the splendid black & white, the contrast between the slow moving scenes and the frenetic ones, the choice of the music and the sense of loss which entangles the whole movie".

Later, during one of many interminable and repetitive domestic abuse scenes, a man chases his wife into a bathroom through a narrow, mirrored side-door.

I thought it would be great and then some; equal to the Searchers or 2001, from the praise it got; but it was uninteresting.

For these reasons, I found Raging Bull mostly boring and somewhat exhausting to sit through.

The two parts are really separated by a montage of colored home videos showing the growing relationship, marriage, and early parenthood of LaMotta and his stunning young wife.

What I hated most about "Ragging Bull" is that is was boring and I got tired of hearing "The F Word".

The domestic violence he inflicts on his wife is particularly hard to swallow but it's this violent and abhorrent behaviour which makes the character so compelling whilst so unlikeable.

I'm gonna start out by saying the cliché thing when talking about this movie, Robert De Niro is absolutely incredible in this film it's in my opinion the greatest performance he's ever given, through De Niros performance when see La Motta gradually becoming his title of being a "Raging Bull" and was a truly terrifying presence.

I felt bored by it.

DeNiro is, of course, the main attraction, and he's both riveting to watch and able to quietly capture all of the changes that LaMotta goes through over the course of the film.

Superb acting from the ever brilliant De Niro and good support from Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriati complement Scorsese's stunning direction.

The Boxing scenes in Raging Bull are thrilling,amazing and some of the bloodiest and most graphic Boxing scenes ever caught on film and directed with terrific skill,detail with Actions and sound effects and when every punch is thrown you not only hear the punches you feel them as well and there is devastating impact with each of the fight scenes.

Great, intense picture .

And that's the best way to sum up this breathtaking film.

Stunning performances and a superb script, I would recommend Raging Bull to anyone looking for a good sports drama.

It's just not movie-magic, but long and boring and something about some legendary boxer, I don't know squad about.

Interestingly, check it out and see if you agree, in the scene of La Motta having his breakdown in the Dade County stockade he bore an uncanny resemblance to actor William Bendix.

Robert De Niro nursed a fascination with La Motta and threw years of energy into convincing both Schrader and Scorsese to make a film about him, often to the confusion of those around him.

Raging Bull is a masterpiece made by an auteur in his signature intense style.

Joe Pesci was outstanding in the "mad mobster" role he continued in Goodfellas and Casino, and Cathy Moriarty was riveting as Jake's estranged teenage wife.


Absorbing, extremely popular fight film from a master Director.

As a work of art, its stunning.

By his own jealously and paranoia, LaMotta goes on to use his anger and confusion to win the title and later lose it after his guilt finally is too much to handle.

The end dragged a bit.

It was dull, the characters, especially the focus of the movie was boring.

If boxing and sport movies are your thing, it is still worth the watch, just know there are better ones out there, such as the Rocky franchise.

Alas, he settles on Antonionio's L'Aventurra and succeeds in making the most boring movie of the last 30 years.

It is very confusing and also, unintentionally funny.

Raging Bull is a fast paced movie of which its plot is easily identifiable as a focus on the life of famous boxer Jake La Motta.

This film is more than enjoyable to the average movie goer, for it has a stunningly realistic story, which is definetly before its time.

Apart from Joe Pesci, I thought this movie was damn near unbearable.

Another thing that makes this movie so great is the suberb direction of Scorsese who ids the best director ever, and the stunning black and white cinematography which I love.

A film that manages to be an exciting claustrophobic spectacle.

If Scorcese made a fictionalized version of this story, it could've been more shocking and intense.

But, this exaggeration did make the scenes more intense, so I saw it as a case of artistic license.

Good Lord, how many times must we be forced to watch a long drawn-out scene with De Niro's character screaming, yelling and slapping his wife around to realize he's not very trusting and has a shaky home life?

De Nero just came off as a dumb fighter with only one way of fighting (get punched nearly to death in 15 rounds OR knock them out in 10 seconds of round one) They could have done fewer minutes of the pretend sex because it was so drawn out slow and painful.

This movie is more than a boxing film; it is visually stunning with the simplicity of black and white you feel like your ringside.

Extraordinarily compelling masterpiece is the greatest sports film ever made, and certainly one of the greatest films made on the face of this earth.

They probably looked a lot more complex and intriguing on paper.

The film is unforgiving in its portrayal of intense action and one is not ever allowed to feel sorry for La Motta.

She looks strung out and she is boring in the role period.

It's at some parts sad, exciting, comical, brutal, and most of all: real.

Riveting and stirring vivisection of aggression and violence.

Like a number of films it's technically well made, the acting is fine, but the story and the characters are exceedingly uninteresting.

Hell, they could do American Pie 8 and it would still be worth watching.

Raging Bull is a fantastic film, I don't quite think it's a masterpiece but it's got an incredible Robert De Niro performance, really intense and personal boxing matches and a perfect way of giving insight into its title character and giving him a complexity that makes him a better character.

Brilliant cinematography ensured a visually compelling piece of work, exemplified further by an Oscar Nod towards this element of the picture also.

A compelling study of an unlikeable man .

But what makes it fascinating for me to see it again these days is that a couple of years later, I got to spend some time with Jake LaMotta, and that certainly affects my viewing of the movie.

I honestly cannot think of a better looking, better directed, better acted, or more enjoyable movie to watch.

In doing so, Martin Scorsese has created a unique biographical drama where behaviour becomes more fascinating than any plot, and that's entertainment.

Though realistically portrayed, Scorsese's directing and story telling is pretty much a bland delivery that shows none of the inventiveness a masterpiece like Goodfellas possesses.

It's all just very uninteresting for the viewer.

The strange thing is that La Motta wasn't (and isn't) a dullard or a patsie, but quite a canny guy who later worked as a second rate comedian (shown in the film) and even after dinner speaker, but here he appears a bit slow, tongue tied and withdrawn.

It's that intense!

this movie was gripping to say the least!...

One of the triumphs of Martin Scorsese's direction comes from how fascinating Jake remains despite his conspicuous inner rage and crippling sense of sexual insecurity.

raging bore .

Aside from the scripts it is a technically brilliant movie with fascinating shots and a wonderful musical score.

Intense films are better in black and white than in color.


The only negative I have for this film is that it got slow at times and kind of got a tiny bit boring but then it got back up to it's hype again and I still enjoyed it.

It was like the type of movie arthouse theaters show that is competently made but lifeless and boring, like Shine.

And if not, what is so compelling about watching such destruction?

Prize-fighting, to me, is purely sadistic - that females are now engaging in that "sport" is just horrific.

Short answer, Robert De Niro's performance is stunning.

Whether small domestic scenes or brutal action in the ring, every shot is totally captivating and engrossing.

Who better then to portray an intense, complicated person than Robert De Niro.

Scorsese brilliantly crafted this stunning film.

It is intriguing and striking.

Through his younger brother Joey (Joe Pesci), Jake meets Vickie (Cathy Moriarty), a stunning 15-year-old girl who he falls madly in love with and marries.

The realism of this movie to display this unexpected ending.

He looks ridiculous as boxer Jake La Motta and the character is boring and I care so little about him, I can't even believe it.

Brutal and intense as the movie is, it has a poetic and contemplative opening of La Motta shadowboxing alone in the ring.

The Black and White photography by Michael Chapman is fantastic,visually stunning and truly adds to the film giving the movie an accurate and stylish look to the 1940s and 50s as well the scenes inside and out of the Boxing ring.

Then as the movie progresses he reveals his true self – unpredictable, alcoholic, spontaneously violent, and generally just the kind of guy that no one in their right mind would want to be associated with.

This is an incredibly contrived effort, for sure.

This due to the rather flat and repetitive storyline.

They both have made crap and critics always find something to praise about their boring films!

On the other side, this jealousy created a bit of redundancy in the movie, "let's face it" (like Terry Malloy would say), the scenes, although beautifully directed, making Vickie La Motta floating from man to man (great job by Marty, jealousy had never been so perfectly captured in film), those scenes were kind of repetitive, and upsetting.

Raging Bull is a good movie, but I don't consider it to be a masterpiece, it is definitely worth watching to see Robert De Niro's best performance.

I see why people liked it, but it got to be too repetitive and boring.

Highly recommend it.

a 1980 cheap made crap, compare to Rocky (1976), the only words that i can use to describe this movie are Boring, Cheap, Crap and it suck balls...

This is certainly one of the most intense films Scorsese has directed, and one of the most important of his career.

Black and white, some still shots, an occasional color gives the movie charm, but it's slow paced, seems to be leading to nowhere.

By analyzing Jake LaMotta throughout not only his boxing career but later on in his life as well, Raging Bull becomes a fascinating, intelligent, and emotional character study more than it is a straight up boxing movie.

It is one of the most enjoyable, amazingly acted films I have ever seen.

Don't get me wrong, Scorcese put it together quite nicely, and of course Deniro is intense.

Enough of me on my soap box trying to justify why Scorsese was robbed early in life, and let's talk about what made "Raging Bull" so exciting to watch.

In addition, the intense physical training he underwent to become the character was amazing.

The pacing is slow at times, and it can lull for a small amount of time.

His extreme paranoia about other people's motives, his basic unsociability, his lack of self-awareness coupled with his intense jealousy for his beautiful wife inevitably destroy him.

Scorsese's directing is stunning.

The boxing scenes were amazing and intense.

My favourite effect is the sound editing in the fights where silence and calm seem to descend just before key moments…..amazing. The relationship stuff is also gripping and Scorsese handles he human cost just as well as he shows us the physical beatings.

The story in this film is just so moving and just thoroughly entertaining.

The sound field is engaging, intense and always on pitch.

The only problem I had with the film was that it was boring and unwatchable.

Watching the slow disintegration of a man who's not particularly likable in the first place - what's the point?

Mostly now all you hear is the Godfather (more like godly boring) and Heat, which aren't very good movies.

The cinematography is awe inspiring.

A relentless, engrossing work.

The story is engaging and actually makes sense(some films make absolutely no sense).

Michael Chapman's gritty, black and white cinematography (he also shot "Taxi Driver") gives an evocative and at times shocking glimpse into the psyche of a truly conflicted man.

This movie is totally uninspiring, pointless, and largely unwatchable.

It's not romanticized like it is in Goodfellas, at least not as much, and it's mimicked perfectly by Scorsese's cinematic energy: fast cuts in hectic places, slow motion where our eyes would linger or where memories would take form, and of course bottled, intense, volcanic acting.

I was bored stiff with it from the very start.

This film gets your adrenaline pumping as it both entertains and repulses; endears and offends; and leaves you breathless and wanting more.

Documenting the rise and fall of boxer Jake La Motta (De Niro) from the early 40's through till the early 60's, Scorsese has crafted visual poetry that at once presents an unflinching, brutal look at the sport and a compelling, intense character study of a man who was disliked by almost everybody.

The films is many many things powerful, intense, sad, depressing, and on and on the list goes, this film goes through a lot in 2 hours.

The black and white effect, completely pointless.

Worst movie De Niro has ever been in!.

The decision to shoot the film in black and white adds to the authenticity, making stunning use of imagery in the process - the sight of De Niro bouncing around in a dark, smoke-infested ring, is simply breathtaking, for instance.

He filled it with petty, banal,trite palaver betwixt Deniro, Peschi and the wife.

Intense Rage ....

Great film, great acting from everyone involved - Joe Pesci has some serious napoleon syndrome going on - and an overall entertaining experience.

Every conceivable angle is used and the horrific bloodbath of LaMotta's final 1951 showdown with Sugar Ray Robinson is particularly stunning.

There's no completion, no story, no sense that it is building up to something.

Filmed largely in black-and-white, this tough, compelling, powerfully made melodrama takes us uncomfortably close to the jarring action in the ring.

For these strokes of style (best evident in the riveting ring scenes) this film is a poetic presentation of a very reprehensible person that is a fighting force of nature.

La Matta is a complex character that is brought to us in a riveting performance from one of films all time greats.

The cinematography is somewhat sharp, but then again, somewhat sharp is just dull.

More than anything else, the movie is a fascinating portrayal of what fame can do to someone who doesn't deserve it, or can't handle it.

it was good, but there were times when it did get a little boring.

The cinematography is stunning.

The characters were very bland and poorly written.

His back and forth dialogue with De Niro is absolutely fascinating.

It's simply a bore to watch.

I found this highly worshiped film to be very rough going at first because this real-life story of the very unlikeable boxer Jake La Motta was largely uneventful for a good long hour or more.

But through Scorsese's fluid direction and Robert De Niro's intense (almost frightening) performance a portrait emerges of a beast who, beneath the rage, is at least halfway human, if never entirely sympathetic.

I have to be dragged to sports films, like Westerns and Musicals.

However, the most stunning aspect of all is Thelma Schoonmaker's editing.

Depressing and mostly non-entertaining .

One of my alltime favorite films, Raging Bull is a stunning examination of brutality and one man's descent into decadence and immorality.

Raging Bull is one of the most intense films that I have ever watched.

Searingly gritty and intense.

The story goes on quite slow in my opinion and it looked like it didn't put enough time for the boxing scenes.

He obviously has a very compelling way to tell the story.

As the film opens, LaMotta is in a marriage that is going nowhere fast and he feels trapped and unhappy.

De Niro and Pesci are both stunning.

Raging Bull is stunning and it is indeed a masterpiece.

Shot in black & white, which gives the picture a timeless quality, it illustrates the good, bad & ugly side of LaMotta with finesse and his arc is undeniably compelling.

Engaging, beautifully crafted biography of middle weight boxer Jake LaMotta.

The fight scenes are intense and brutal and the outside ongoing life of La Motta is just as interesting and compelling.

Yes it did but not because the story is really compelling.

The film didn't do much for me, like I said earlier it didn't really grab me until half way through, and by then I was really bored.

Martin Scorsese should send me a check to cover the time I wasted watching it (okay, he can deduct about 15 minutes because I fell asleep toward the end, just couldn't stay awake).

It crawls along with a premise of some kind of story, but just bores.

In my opinion in order to be an enjoyable film, you have to be able to like, and support somebody in the movie.

Hey, maybe it was spot on, but if anything, it just proved Lamota was BORING and stupid, and nobody that should have had a movie based on his life.

A very unique and entertaining watch.

Rather, it is about the stunning interplay between the soul and its outmost needs, and the ever present contrast between the physical, and the emotional and spiritual.

The problems would be the symbolism, at some extent, it's boring.

It's gritty, ugly, true and very intense picture, with a great director in his best form - every scene in this picture pulse on tension.

On an overall scale, Raging Bull is impressive in its craftsmanship but the narration is lacking in flavour and becomes repetitive after a while.

The first shot of the lone boxer in the ring is stunning, as is the real LaMotta's own practicing of a speech in a dressing room.

He beats up his wife for no good reason, and goes about his business as if nothing happened.

On the downside the movie can get away from you and leave you with that bored feeling if you arn't working to pay attention.

Beautifully polished, intense and gripping, the biopic tale of Jake La Motta stands firmly as the finest sporting movie ever made.

His boxing style was incredibly accurate and the scenes where he displays his true character more gripping than the classic fight sequences.

Plots involving self-destructive behavior ala Lamotta is a fascinating tragedy and the realism comes through in the movie.

The black and white makes the film all the more stunning.

Style is the servant of story, so Scorcese's talents cannot compensate for derivative and dull plotting .

Not only is it truly appreciated by film buffs from a technical aspect, it is at the same time, thoroughly entertaining.

And i know that the film was released in black and white because of the mood and atmosphere of the film, but it lingers far too long.

Some of the supporting cast did well, others gave a predictable performance [particularly Joe Pesci], although perhaps this is inevitable given that the same Italian Americans seem to appear in every film set in this community.

This movie was the best movie of the 80s and the best boxing movie, I would highly recommend it.

For those who didnt live in New York during the 40s, this film provides some fascinating history.

This is a great film on a number of levels – as a biography of former middleweight boxing champion Jake La Motta, yes, but also a fascinating character study, with stellar performances from Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, and epic direction from Martin Scorsese.

Combine this with the gripping boxing tale of ups and downs and you have a film that never outstays it's welcome.

There's no plot, it builds up to nothing, there is no climax, no final resolution, nothing at all to indicate that the end is coming.

It's a in-depth character study of an intense, aggressive, jealous, sexually frustrated man who causes great pain to those around him.

The boxing fights in this movie make Rocky look like pre school, man they are intense!

It is undoubtedly the most intense biopic ever committed to celluloid.

The saying of this quote had me in tears, as it really put an emphasis on a waste of a man's life.

I love the use of slow moment in the black and white principal photography.

Stunning and Brilliant .

Winning 2 Oscars and a placing high on several lists of the greatest films of all time or the decade etc this 2 hour epic was as dull as ditchwater.

With nothing at the core, Raging Bull is just an empty experience.

In my opinion, it is the most flawless, breathtaking performance in cinema history.

But the list includes the fantastic acting by De Niro, Pesci and Moriarty, the editing of the fight scenes, the pace (slow sometimes, and fast others) that delineates plot and tension, the musical score.

De Niro is amazing – the method stuff alone is great, but his whole performance is intense.

The stunning combination of Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro delivers the knockout blow of a lifetime.

Watchable multiple times, Raging Bull contains astonishing scenes of pure, unbridled emotional truth; as well as intense, raw fight scenes.

It's actually more akin to an intense family drama than it would be to "Rocky.

The acting seems to soak in more, and the intentions of the director and writer are more intense.

This film is boring, redundant, annoying, and meaningless.