Rocky (1976) - Rotten Tomatoes

Rocky (1976)



Critic Consensus: This story of a down-on-his-luck boxer is thoroughly predictable, but Sylvester Stallone's script and stunning performance in the title role brush aside complaints.

Movie Info

A slightly dimwitted amateur boxer from Philadelphia's tough neighborhood gets a surprise shot at fighting for the heavyweight championship, while at the same time he finds love in the arms of a shy, reclusive girl who works in the local pet store.more
Rating: PG (N/A)
Genre: Sports & Fitness, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Sylvester Stallone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 7, 2006
United Artists - Official Site


Burt Young
as Paulie
Carl Weathers
as Apollo Creed
Thayer David
as Jergens
Bill Baldwin
as Fight Announcer
Al Silvani
as Cut Man
George Memmoli
as Ice Rink Attendant
Diana Lewis
as TV Commentator
George O'Hanlon
as TV Commentator
Larry Carroll
as TV Interviewer
Stan Shaw
as Dipper
Don Sherman
as Bartender
Billy Sands
as Club Fight Announcer
Pedro Lovell
as Spider Ricco
DeForest Covan
as Apollo's Corner
Simmy Bow
as Club Cornerman
Tony Burton
as Apollo's Trainer
Hank Rolike
as Apollo Cornerman
Shirley O'Hara
as Jergens' Secretary
Kathleen Parker
as Paulie's Date
Frank Stallone
as Timekeeper
Shirley O'Hara Krims
as Jergens' Secretary
Joe Sorbello
as Buddy the Bodyguard
Chris Avildsen
as Chiptooth
Frankie Van
as Club Fight Referee
Lou Filippo
as Championship Fight A...
Robert L. Tangrea
as Streetcorner Singer
Peter Glassberg
as Streetcorner Singer
William E. Ring
as Streetcorner Singer
Joseph C. Giambelluc...
as Streetcorner Singer
Joe Frazier
as Himself
Sylvester Stallone
as Rocky Balboa
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News & Interviews for Rocky

Critic Reviews for Rocky

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (9)

In addition to a heart-warming script, Stallone has created on the screen a character of enormous appeal and charm - half-articulate but funny, gruff but good-hearted.

Full Review… | November 24, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Sylvester Stallone [is] as likable as a basset hound.

Full Review… | February 6, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The story is achingly familiar, and though Stallone has a certain power, he is certainly not the subtlest actor to crawl out from under Marlon's overcoat.

Full Review… | July 26, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

There are occasional flashes that the film may be patronizing the lower end of the blue-collar mentality, as much if not more than the characters who keep putting Rocky down on the screen. However, Avildsen is noted for creating such ambiguities.

Full Review… | February 20, 2009
Top Critic

I wanted to like it more than I did, but it'll do.

Full Review… | December 13, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

"Rocky" struck a nerve with American audiences at the time because it spoke directly to a '70s era lower middle-class dream of success that has since been exploded into a billion pieces.

Full Review… | November 3, 2015

Audience Reviews for Rocky


What makes this underdog story so special is that it is not a "guy movie" full of muscles and no brains about boxing but in fact a touching, honest drama about a man and his personal struggle to go the distance and be the best he can - and Stallone's acting is superb.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

With an exceptional script, exceptional acting, several iconic sequences (the stairs scene), and the classic use of "Gonna Fly Now," Rocky is an affecting, moving film that keeps you cheering on Stallone throughout its entirety.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

The story of a boxer who is living in an old run-down apartment, with very little money, until someones rings his bell with a chance at the title! Going through life changing moments, falling for a girl, going through training, hard times and unrelentless power, Rocky is one of the best films of the 70's. Sylvestre Stallone gives the best performance of his career and truly makes himself a believable boxer at heart! I have never thought I would love a boxers life journey so much, but here I have to give it more credit that any boxing movie ever made. With magnificent direction, great editing, a well-told story, and Stallone at his very best, "Rocky" is fantastic!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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