YMMV / Raging Bull

  • Award Snub: One of the more notorious ones. It won for Actor and Editing, but not for Director, Screenplay, or Picture.
  • 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 Scorcese in hopes that its themes of self-destruction would help Scorcese 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 and others come expecting a boxing movie in the vein of Rocky rather than a slow character piece with a handful of brief fight scenes. The movie's real quality lies in more subtle areas like its editing and sound design, which are less likely to impress viewers than the humanistic triumph of a Rocky movie.
  • 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.