Rocky Balboa (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Rocky Balboa (2006)



Critic Consensus: Implausible but entertaining and poignant, Rocky Balboa finds the champ in fighting form for the first time in years.

Movie Info

The greatest underdog story of our time is back for one final round of the Academy Award-winning Rocky franchise. Former heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa steps out of retirement and back into the ring, putting himself against a new rival in a dramatically different era. After a virtual boxing match declares Rocky Balboa the victor over current champion Mason 'The Line' Dixon, the legendary fighter's passion and spirit are reignited. But when his desire to fight in small, regional competitions is trumped by promoters calling for a rematch of the cyber-fight, Balboa must weigh the mental and physical risks of a high profile exhibition match against his need to be in the ring.more
Rating: PG (for boxing violence and some language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Sylvester Stallone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 20, 2007
Box Office: $70.1M

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Critic Reviews for Rocky Balboa

All Critics (177) | Top Critics (42)

I know, I know, you're thinking, oh please, not Rocky again. I was thinking that too.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

The ol' lug can't be blamed for wanting one last victory lap, but if you've got nothing to offer except benign nostalgia, just let the gloves stay on the glory-days shelf.

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

...a strong capper to an admittedly uneven series...

Full Review… | January 22, 2013
Reel Film Reviews

A compelling and emotionally touching film that reminds of the first two Rocky movies, Rocky Balboa is an excellent finale which shows just how good an actor Sylvester Stallone is when given the right material.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

You either buy into this premise or you don't and I'm sorry to say I found Rocky utterly preposterous.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

Stallone still has what it takes to make Rocky the peoples champ, and while the film is by no means a knockout, it will certainly be right there 'til the final round.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Rocky Balboa

After so many years and awful sequels, it is a wonderful surprise to see that this sixth Rocky film is almost on par with the original one in terms of quality, since Stallone seems to have finally understood that what made that one so unforgettable was the human drama, not the punches.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


The final film of the series is one of the strongest in the entire franchise. Having much better dialogue, a much more educated story, and family bonds that have never been stronger. "Rocky Balboa" focusses on having so much stored up inside yourself through the years and having the strength and courage to let it all out. There is no suspense as to who will win, because that is not needed. We see Rocky and his son bond, we receive final lessons from Paulie, and by the end of the film you feel very relieved, and the film finished on a perfect note. The series is closed and I couldn't be happier.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Stallone goes the distance in the final installment of this underdog saga. Rocky Balboa is simple, plain, boxing entertainment and drama with modern-day fight experiences that fully surpasses its past films (except 1 & 2). The film is a graceful presentation of past, present and future in the realms of boxing and life and does enough to save the franchise until the final bell. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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