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Rocky Balboa (2006)


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 175
Fresh: 133 | Rotten: 42

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

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 12

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


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 513,372


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 … More

PG (for boxing violence and some language)
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Mar 20, 2007
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Critic Reviews for Rocky Balboa

All Critics (176) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (133) | Rotten (42) | DVD (24)

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 New York
Top Critic

Even goodwill can't make this look like anything more than a glorified TV special. Surely it's time for the audience to throw in the towel?

Full Review… | January 16, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

When asked why he would step back into the ring, even though he's out of shape and in his late 50s, the Italian Stallion mumbles something about "the stuff... inside," which sums up the thin justification for Rocky Balboa.

Full Review… | December 28, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

What gives Rocky Balboa its unexpected pathos is the titanic humility of Stallone's performance, the earnestness with which he plays a man knocked down (but not out) by the ravages of time.

Full Review… | December 22, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

As usual with Stallone's Rocky sequels, the schmaltz is unbearable, but the fight is plausibly handled, and Stallone's sincere sadness at growing older makes this an unexpectedly satisfying conclusion to the series.

Full Review… | December 20, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 22, 2013
Reel Film 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
Film School Rejects

Note to any other would-be franchise revivalists -- consult Stallone.

Full Review… | January 25, 2010
Window to the Movies

Stallone wrote and directed this cinematic ride down memory lane that puts a final grace note on his indelible creation.

Full Review… | April 25, 2009

It's no knockout, but it does go a solid, nostalgic 15 rounds.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

In the obligatory boxing terms, Balboa will K.O. your expectations, but that may only be because they're rightfully below the belt to begin with--and because this sixth installment is coming after the bell has already rung.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008

With "Rocky Balboa", Stallone's created the first real "sequel" to his original, a deserving bookend that recaptures that film's sense of character and realistic detail.

Full Review… | May 5, 2008

Stallone, now 60, has something in common with Rocky - he's an awkwardly bulked-up dinosaur, fighting to prove that the game hasn't passed him by. On that level, he succeeds.

Full Review… | April 10, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

There's nothing particularly memorable here -- no profound triumphs or lasting rallying cries.

Full Review… | January 10, 2008
Zertinet Movies

For a series that seemed out of gas decades ago, Rocky Balboa is a knock-out.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

One of the best of 2006, and a wonderful last hurrah for a character that deserved a proper send-off...

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
Cinema Crazed

Though technically the sixth in the series, this sure seems an awful lot like a remake of the first film in the storied franchise, as it somehow manages to tug at the heartstrings in a way likely to leave you wiping away tears afresh.

Full Review… | March 31, 2007

Rocky se retira con dignidad en este broche de oro de una saga que %u2013con sus puntos altos y bajos- debe considerarse un triunfo personal en la carrera de Sylvester Stallone.

Full Review… | March 29, 2007
Uruguay Total

Like its odds-defying hero, Rocky Balboa is the biggest surprise of the holiday season.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007

Equally heartfelt, equally moving, equally astute about the iconographies of movies and classic characters, Rocky Balboa -- and I hate to say it, but what can I say -- knocked me out.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Stallone wanted this movie to restore dignity to his greatest character. He succeeds, better then anyone might have expected.

Full Review… | February 23, 2007
Sydney Morning Herald

This is a masterpiece of a sequel. And for the sixth entry in the series, that is really saying something. Sly, you've done it! The big guy goes out fighting.

February 17, 2007

The old bastard's done it again. Sylvester Stallone has done with this film what his character does in the movie: he has come out and delivered that last fight that all fighters are supposed to have left in them.

Full Review… | February 16, 2007
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Rocky Balboa


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

Sixth and final entry in the Rocky franchise. Rocky Balboa is by far one of the best sequels in the franchise as the last few sequels kind of lost their way, and weren't as good as they could have been. This is a well constructed film. There are some solid performances in the film, and Sylvester Stallone definitely recaptures the essence of the character from the first two films. If you were slightly disappointed by Rocky V, then check out this film, you might be surprise by how good it is. I'd have to say that that this is the best film since the first two flicks. I felt that it was refreshing new take on the traditional Rocky story. With a great cast of actors, Rocky Balboa should please fans of the series. This is different style of Rocky film, and it has everything else that you'd expect from a Rocky film. This is a very entertaining film from start to finish and Stallone direction keeps you involved from start to finish, and he's an effective director. Rocky Balboa is hopefully the last entry on the series, and it ends the series on a high note. Not since Rocky II has a film in this series has been this good. What I thoroughly enjoyed about it was that it kept all the classic elements, but reinvented the plot a bit to make it less tiresome, unlike Rocky IV and V. If you want a well constructed underdog tale, then this is the film for you. Unlike plenty of films in this genre that have been released recently, this film is well acted, entertaining and belongs to a series of the original underdog tale. A must see for Stallone fans. Rocky Balboa is a final excellent, if at times flawed end to a series of so-so movies, and it erases the mistakes done by the last two films and ends the series on a high note.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer


30 years after the first story of Philadelphia boxer Rocky challenging the great fighters Stallone returns to the franchise that made him a star for the final chapter. The biggest surprise: it's the best film of the series since the original and Stallone's strongest acting performance since Cop Land. The film starts out a little slow, maybe a tad too nostalgic with the flashbacks to the old days and the reason for the boxing match against the reigning champion feels a bit forced. But once Rocky picks up training again and we're getting the montage with the classic Bill Conti score you can't help but get goose bumps all over. What follows is an excellent second half with a very modernized way to present the final match in the shape of a sports TV special. In that section of the film Stallone does basically everything right and knows which buttons to push. A very worthy and satisfying ending to the series. The end credits leave you with a big smile on your face, especially if you love the city of Philadelphia.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Rocky Balboa Quotes

Mason "The Line" Dixon: It's already over. Rocky Balboa: Nothing's over 'til it's over.
– Submitted by The Vinh H (19 months ago)
Duke: [addressing Rocky] What we need is speed... you don't have any.
– Submitted by russell b (21 months ago)
Rocky Balboa: It ain't about how hard you hit, it's about how you can get hit and keep moving forward.
– Submitted by Sameer G (23 months ago)
Rocky Balboa: What if you told the kid, it's not how hard you hit but, it's about how hard you can hit and keep on moving.
– Submitted by Sam S (2 years ago)
Rocky Balboa: It ain't about how hard you hit, it's about how you can get hit and keep moving forward.
– Submitted by Hasan R (2 years ago)
Paulie: Are you still mad that Adrian left you? Rocky Balboa: She didn't leave, Paulie.. She died..
– Submitted by Abhilash A (2 years ago)

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