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%)

One-line Reviews (262)

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

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

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

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 stunning.

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

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

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

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.

Overall, the movie was fascinating.

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.

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

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

The direction and tone is breathtaking.

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

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

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.

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

Worst movie De Niro has ever been in!.

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

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

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

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.

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

This is an incredibly contrived effort, for sure.

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

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.

The cinematography is awe inspiring.

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

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.

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

This due to the rather flat and repetitive storyline.

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

The realism of this movie to display this unexpected ending.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

raging bore .

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

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

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


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

The end dragged a bit.

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.

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

Raging Bull is stunning and it is indeed a masterpiece.

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

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.

A very unique and entertaining watch.

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

The way up is slow, stubborn and hard.

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

De Niro and Pesci are both stunning.

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.

Riveting Life Story .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

A complete waste of time .

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

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

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.

The score was fascinating.

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

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

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

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 relentless, engrossing work.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

It is very confusing and also, unintentionally funny.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

A film that manages to be an exciting claustrophobic spectacle.

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.

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".

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.

Depressing and mostly non-entertaining .

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

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

Searingly gritty and intense.

The characters were very bland and poorly written.

Riveting and stirring vivisection of aggression and violence.

brutal, intense Scorsese classic .

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

, 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.

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

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.

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

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).

simply put this movie is a colossal waste of time.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Stunning and Brilliant .

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

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

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.

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

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.

It's that intense!

The boxing scenes were amazing and intense.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

This film is a stunning, brilliant, breathtaking masterpiece.

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

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

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

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.

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

Absorbing, extremely popular fight film from a master Director.

To me the film was just a crashing bore.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Intense Rage ....

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

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

The story was choppy and hard to follow.

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

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).

Great, intense picture .

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Well made, but dull .

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

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

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

Highly recommend it.

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

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.

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

I felt bored by it.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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 movie was gripping to say the least!...

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...

Sorry everybody but I found Raging Bull dead boring .

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

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

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


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

I was bored stiff with it from the very start.

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.


As a work of art, its stunning.

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.

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.

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

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

Ostentatiously pretentious with a one-dimensional central character .

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

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.

It's all just very uninteresting for the viewer.

It's simply a bore to watch.

It is intriguing and striking.

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

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

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.

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

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.

The black and white effect, completely pointless.

A compelling study of an unlikeable man .

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.

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.

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

An exciting and beautiful film.

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

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

Scorsese's directing is stunning.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Scorsese brilliantly crafted this stunning film.

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?

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

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

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

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.