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...
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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 -- 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
Top Critic
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.
| 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
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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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