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Year
1980
Runtime
129 min.
Director
Martin Scorsese
Genres
Drama, Biography, Sport
Rating *
8.2
Votes *
243,590
Checks
34,789
Favs
2,937
Dislikes
228
Favs/checks
8.4% (1:12)
Favs/dislikes
13:1
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  1. Fester the Sloth's avatar

    Fester the Sloth

    One of the finest pieces of cinema i've ever had the pleasure of watching. The editing, directing, acting, and cinematography are all, - in my opinion - perfect.

    This isn't a dialogue, story, or plot-driven movie, but the screenplay does it's job.

    For me, this has that indescribable cinematic magic, the kind that only true classic films possess, the kind that can't be emulated. I've seen quite a few great boxing films, but for me, none compare to Raging Bull (so far anyway).

    You can't help but respect this quality of film making.
    7 years 5 months ago
  2. NourNasreldin's avatar

    NourNasreldin

    If you're watching this thinking you're about to see a sports movie about boxing then, you couldn't be more wrong. Stylistically speaking, this film is beautiful to watch regarding DeNiro's acting, the editing, the cinematography and of course Scorsese's skills.

    Do not watch this if you focus more on the plot, dialogue and story because this won't be your cup of tea; that's certain.
    6 years 10 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    There's a lot to admire in this film. The performances, certainly. The direction, obviously. Scorsese somehow manages to give the film the look of films from the era it represents, the 40s and early 50s, in black and white with simple, precise film language, and yet allow himself experimentation like freeze frames, without them seeming out of place. Though outwardly a boxing film, it's really about "boxing" as a psychological state, La Motta's violence poisoning his marriage and friendships. I especially liked how artful the boxing sequences were, but that when he unleashes his fists on his wife and brother, the same action is raw, messy and visceral. Unfortunately, the film goes on too long with rather pointless scenes featuring La Motta's post-boxing days. Unnecessary tedium at the end of an otherwise strong film. 5 years 1 month ago
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