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Rocky Reviews

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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter
November 24, 2015
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.
Cole Smithey
November 3, 2015
[VIDEO ESSAY] "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 | Original Score: A-
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...
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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 proves that when given the right material he can act with the best of them. His turn as Rocky Balboa is not only the best performance of that year, but it is also one of the best performances in the history of the silver screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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A.D. Murphy
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
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