Raging Bull

Rated R, 129 mins

I can't pan it, but this 1980 fantasy biography of fighter Jake LaMotta seems unquestionably Martin Scorsese's weakest work, at least to that point in his career. The central conceit—that no matter how monstrous LaMotta is to his friends, family, and self, he is still close to God and will receive his grace—is debased Bresson filtered through screenwriter Paul Schrader, and it has little or no dramatic impact. 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. The film is told parable style, with separate episodes of moral testing—a design that tends toward the simple, the monotonous, the redundant. Well worth seeing as is any work of this breakthrough stylist, but expectations should be adjusted. With Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, and Nicholas Colasanto.

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most rediculous review babel

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Posted by Diegoo Lucasz on 03/03/2013 at 5:09 PM

*ever

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Posted by Diegoo Lucasz on 03/03/2013 at 5:08 PM

Dave Kehr is officially brain dead. I've read his ridiculous review of Apocalypse Now, but this one takes the cake. Far and away, the performance of Robert DeNiro's career - one of the greatest character actors of our time. How do people qualify to be film critics?

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Posted by Steve on 01/02/2015 at 1:27 PM

If this is the best movie of the 80s; let us see some of the other losers.

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Posted by Stan Hawryluk on 01/31/2013 at 9:33 AM
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