The most exciting part of this movie was watching Robert De Niro get fat.
American Film Institute Ranking: #24/100
Academy Awards: Nominated for eight while winning two for Best Actor (De Niro) and Best Film Editing.
This film has a lot of pieces: a boxing angle, character study, beautiful black-and-white cinematography, artistic flare. All of this is crammed into a predictable trite: the amazing boxer who is both protagonist/antagonist because of his inner demons.
While the individual pieces are solid in their own way, they never really coalesce into something bigger due to the overall narrative missing a hook.