Rocky II (1979)




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After scoring a personal victory (though a physical defeat) in his "Cinderella" bout with Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) has gone to seed. In this sequel, he allows his celebrity to go to his head and loses the respect of friends and family--not to mention all his money. Against the wishes of his wife "Yo, Adrian" (Talia Shire), Rocky decides upon one more fight to get back on his financial feet. Thus the stage is set for a rematch with Apollo Creed.Like its predecessor, Rocky … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Sylvester Stallone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 7, 2005
United Artists - Official Site


as Adrian

as Paulie

as Apollo Creed

as Apollo'sTrainer

as Gazzo

as Mary Anne Creed

as Meat Foreman

as Cutman

as Director

as Announcer

as Commentator

as Salesman

as Father Carmine

as Employment Manager

as Employment Manager

as Singer

as Fighter

as Cornerman

as Chink's Manager

as Referee

as Emergency Room Aide

as Apollo's Bodyguard

as White Hunter

as Jewelry Sales Lady

as Young Lugger

as Young Patient

as Cornerman

as Adrian's Nurse

as Sound Man

as Employment Manager

as Ring Announcer

as Makeup Man

as Camera Assistant

as Rocky Balboa
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Critic Reviews for Rocky II

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (4)

Stallone and producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff know from experience audiences love to root for the underdog and have concocted an irresistible final 30 minutes.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Sylvester Stallone's follow-up to his runaway success of 1976 is a little more threadbare in spots than the original, but it still has some conviction and spunk.

Full Review… | December 19, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Stallone's performance as a Philadelphia saint in a B movie physique leaves you undecided whether to gag or sob, but the final fight sequences make up for it; a full-blooded Hollywood finale reaching giddy heights of cathartic glee.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Rocky II has a waxy feeling, and it never comes to life the way its predecessor did.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Although Rocky II builds itself around a rematch between Rocky and Apollo, the movie is anything but a lazy sequel.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Creative Loafing

Sly sequel is as predictable as a gym workout.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Rocky II


All this film really does is build stronger characters and a much better story to follow. As Rocky and Adrian get married, buy a house and attempt to have a kid, Rocky is faced with job gains and losses all over town. Wanting something more with his life, he realizes that his true calling is still back in the boxing ring. More than anything, this film serves as a very strong redemption film, and in the end, I almost had tears in my eyes at how effective they make it out to be. Stallone again, puts his all into this character, and although some of the other actors feels a little unmotivated (mainly the character of Adrian), the film is still great overall. The filmmaking and script is overall better in the first film, but this serves as a great sequel! The "champ" is back!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


One of the best sequels ever and maybe more powerful that the first Rocky .

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Sylvester Stallone is a knockout punch in front and behind the camera as he directs the sequel to his Oscar-winning-hay-maker. Rocky II is somewhat predictable in its story but is held up by it's glorifying humility and visual presentation. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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