Rocky II (1979) - Rotten Tomatoes

Rocky II (1979)




Critic Consensus: Rocky II is a movie that dares you to root again for the ultimate underdog -- and succeeds due to an infectiously powerful climax.

Movie Info

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 II made a fortune at the box office.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Sylvester Stallone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 7, 2005
United Artists - Official Site


Sylvester Stallone
as Rocky Balboa
Burt Young
as Paulie
Carl Weathers
as Apollo Creed
Tony Burton
as Apollo'sTrainer
Sylvia Meals
as Mary Anne Creed
Frank McRae
as Meat Foreman
Al Silvani
as Cutman
Stu Nahan
as Announcer
Bill Baldwin
as Commentator
Jerry Ziesmer
as Salesman
Paul Micale
as Father Carmine
Earl Montgomery Jr.
as Employment Manager
Herb Nanas
as Employment Manager
Doug Flor
as Singer
Eddie Lopez
as Fighter
James J. Casino
as Chink's Manager
Brian Samuel Davis
as Apollo's Bodyguard
Ruth Ann Flynn
as Jewelry Sales Lady
Shaka Cumbuka
as Cornerman
Lou Filippo
as Referee
Grainger Hines
as Emergency Room Aide
Ava Lazar
as White Hunter
Rene Levant
as Young Lugger
Paul McCrane
as Young Patient
Hank Rolike
as Cornerman
Fran Ryan
as Adrian's Nurse
Whitney Rydbeck
as Sound Man
Shepherd Sanders
as Employment Manager
Jeff Temkin
as Ring Announcer
Allan Warnick
as Makeup Man
Charles Winkler
as Camera Assistant
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News & Interviews for Rocky II

Critic Reviews for Rocky II

All Critics (26) | 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

Yes, Sylvester Stallone, you really did it, and this exciting and surprisingly moving sequel - written, directed and acted by him, no less - is an impressive follow-up and definite proof that the success of that fantastic first film was a lot more than just beginner's luck.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


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

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