Rocky Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014

The real deal, offering a raw, gritty feel that none of the slicker sequels even attempted to replicate (with the possible exception of the final film).

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Marriott
Radio Times
February 25, 2014

This triple-Oscar-winning boxing drama is shot through with genuine impassioned commitment, born of the fact that Sylvester Stallone realised that this was his best hope of stardom.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
February 19, 2013

It's Sly's droopy-eyed, hangdog/underdog that carries Rocky's tale of transformation. He's no oil painting, no blue-eyed hero. He's not supposed to make it -- and that makes us instantly connect with him.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 11, 2013

A crowning achievement in Sylvester Stallone's career as a writer and a performer...

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
February 6, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
August 17, 2011

One of the greatest, if not the greatest, feel good movies of all time.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
July 26, 2011

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.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 6, 2011

It's all here: the famous Bill Conti fanfare, the 'Gonna Fly Now' training montage, the inevitable 'David and Goliath' climax. [Blu-ray]

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 2, 2011

transforms the gritty realities of economic hardship and personal desperation into a celebration of individuality and determination without sinking into mushy sentimentalism

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010

Sly's best pic winner sets underdog-hero standard.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010

Stallone -- an actor who has made a career of bad performances in bad films -- proves that when given the right material he can act with the best of them.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
A.D. Murphy
Top Critic
February 20, 2009

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.

February 20, 2008

A great example of underdog sports cinema.

Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
February 20, 2008

This is really Sly's movie as he slugs his way through a heartfelt performance and delivers some cracking punches, both literally and emotionally.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 15, 2008

Rocky retains its power to enthrall ... a quieter movie than some may remember.... It's worth seeing again, for what it was, before it was betrayed by it's less intelligent, testosterone-soaked progeny.

Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Chris Cabin
November 12, 2007

A dunce who can fight with a contagious likability: Now that's American.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 26, 2006

Marty like romance tale with boxing gloves.

Full Review | Original Score: C+

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 13, 2006

Better films have been made about the world of sports, but for many Rocky is the sports movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
December 13, 2006

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

Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 13, 2006

A paint-by-numbers inspirational sports film.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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