My review is not a popular opinion! Raging Bull is frequently rated as one of the most important or best movies of the last century. I think that is often the case because it so clearly gives you the protagonist and antagonist in the very same character. He really is the cause of his own trouble. But I have to say, I do not think the movie holds up. The movie comes from a time where swearing and yelling substituted for acting. The amount of cussing and abusive behavior was simply oppressive in this movie. In the end, I guess it does a really good job of showing how sad, pathetic and hopeless life is for someone hellbent on self-destruction who refuses to learn a lesson and behave any differently. But I have zero interest in watching that character, spending much time with that character, much less making them the focal point. Layer onto that the period belief that yelling and screaming made for "good acting" and you have a movie that is pretty much unwatchable to me as a modern movie watcher. If you like movies about self-destructive people who yell, cuss and behave abusively, then this is your film. If like me, you don't like that, then give Raging Bull a pass.

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