(1980)

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Metascore

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100
The performances are riveting and the visuals are stunning. The boxing sequences are brutally realistic - there are no crappy Rocky theatrics here - and the humanity oozes out of every scene.
100
Chicago Sun-Times
The most painful and heartrending portrait of jealousy in the cinema--an "Othello'' for our times.
100
Chicago Tribune
Filmed in black-and-white and shockingly well acted by De Niro, Raging Bull suggests that if you are looking for the source of evil in the world, you don't have to look any further than yourself. It's inside you or it isn't. And it comes out or it doesn't. [19 Dec 1980]
100
Entertainment Weekly
Another harsh character study, with poignant echoes of "Taxi Driver."
100
Los Angeles Times
One of the bloodiest and most beautiful reflections on atonement in the Scorsese canon... It is still one of cinema's most breathtaking films.
100
The entire film is played at such high pitch it may well exhaust audiences that don't come prepared. And, at the heart of the film, there is the mystery of Jake himself, but that is what separates Raging Bull from all other fight movies, in fact, from most movies about anything. Raging Bull is an achievement.
100
ReelViews
Takes a cold, unflinching look at the violence both inside and outside of the ring.
100
Rolling Stone
A fiercely poetic study of violence. Stunningly shot in black-and-white. [14 Dec 1989, p.23]
88
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The intensity of the film verges on the intolerable.
40
Chicago Reader
As LaMotta, Robert De Niro gives a blank, soulless performance; there's so little of depth or urgency coming from him that he's impossible to despise, or forgive, in any but the most superficial way.

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