Rocky

Rocky

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Rocky Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Marty like romance tale with boxing gloves.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

December 26, 2006
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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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 Source: TIME Magazine

July 26, 2011
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A paint-by-numbers inspirational sports film.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 13, 2006
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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The screenplay of Rocky is purest Hollywood make-believe of the 1930's, but there would be nothing wrong with that, had the film been executed with any verve.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 9, 2005
John Marriott
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 25, 2014
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

January 15, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A description of it would sound like a cliche from beginning to end. But Rocky isn't about a story, it's about a hero. And it's inhabited with supreme confidence by a star.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 23, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The basic storyline has been done to death over the years; this is still one of the most effective and successful applications of the formula.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 28, 2010
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

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

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 4/4

August 17, 2011
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Stallone thoroughly owns the movie with his groggy, downbeat delivery and sense of indomitability.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

September 10, 2004
James Rocchi
Netflix

Look past the sequels to see something special in Sylvester Stallone's boxing classic.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 4/5

November 7, 2002
Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com

A "guy movie" mega-classic that's really gotten better with age.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 5/5

December 6, 2006
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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 Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

July 6, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Though far from a masterpiece, the first Rocky (1976) still feels fresh and miraculous, a true Cinderella story making Sylvester Stallone a worldwide star.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

February 27, 2003
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

February 11, 2013
A.D. Murphy
Variety
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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 Source: Variety

February 20, 2009
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Rocky is an old-fashioned fairytale brilliantly revamped to chime in with the depressed mood of the '70s.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 4/5

April 29, 2005
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

| Original Score: 5/5

February 3, 2003
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