YMMV / Raging Bull

  • Award Snub: One of the more notorious ones. It won for Actor and Editing, but not for Director, Screenplay, or Picture.
  • Funny Moments: While Jake is calling Joey long after Jake beat him to a pulp, Joey, thinking it's Salv, unknowingly hurls insults towards Jake. That shouldn't be funny but it is when Joey tells him that his mother sucks big elephant dicks, essentially insulting his own mother.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: As noted under Creator Breakdown, Martin Scorsese was struggling with a cocaine addiction at the time and planning on retiring as a director. Robert De Niro specifically brought the project to Scorsese in hopes that its themes of self-destruction would help Scorsese overcome his problems. Needless to say, they succeeded.
  • Hype Backlash: It's fairly common for viewers to approach this film with its reputation as a masterpiece in mind and come away confused or disappointed. Many find it difficult to watch due how unlikable Jake is, the fact that it's in black-and-white. Others come in expecting a boxing movie in the vein of Rocky and are taken that the fight scenes only last for the first 2/3rds of the film with the finale being somewhat anti-climactic. This in a way is more or less why the film was so divisive on initial release and its generally acknowledged that the film, for some viewers, takes repeated viewings to get into.
  • Retroactive Recognition: John Turturro makes his film debut as the man at table at Webster Hall.
  • Vindicated by History: When it came out, it received pretty mixed reviews and was snubbed by the Oscars. Now if you ask most critics what the best film from 1980s was, most of them will say Raging Bull. There are many who will also call it the best film of all time.
  • The Woobie: Vikki LaMotta, although if you were to give her a hug then Jake would probably fly into a rage and attack you and her both, because he is a Jerkass.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Joey can act like a crude, violent Kavorka Man at times, but he's also something of a Morality Chain for Jake, trying intermittently to keeps the latter grounded.
    • Jake himself becomes one when he turns into a washed-up hack, averting sports movie sentimentalism by showing that Victory Is Boring. The fact that he comes out a changed man and finally owns up to being a colossal asshole doesn't hurt either.
      • Jake undoubtedly does some horrible things throughout the film, but try not go feel at least a bit sorry for him when he starts punching the walls of his cell in self-punishment. It sheds a lot of light on his character.

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