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Rocky II (1979)


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: N/A
Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 1

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 344,028



Movie Info

By concentrating on character development with this first of several sequels to his Oscar-winning smash Rocky (1976), writer/director Sylvester Stallone earned critical praise that would desert him with the boxing saga's shallower subsequent chapters. Stallone returns as Rocky Balboa, a Philadelphia prize fighter enjoying his brief fame after nearly defeating world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). When Rocky is offered lucrative product endorsement opportunities, his limited … More

Drama , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Sylvester Stallone
In Theaters:
Feb 8, 2005
United Artists - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Rocky II

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (7) | DVD (7)

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

Pretty good sequel, among several that followed, this time directed by Stallone.

March 21, 2009

Considerably less satisfying than the original Rocky, but head and shoulders above the later installments.

Full Review… | December 19, 2006
TV Guide's Movie Guide

...can't help but come off as the most needless installment of the bunch...

Full Review… | December 6, 2006
Reel Film Reviews

"Rocky II" represents far more than just a good-looking fight. It's all about trusting in yourself and overcoming fear in striving for greatness.

Full Review… | September 1, 2006
Arizona Daily Star

A very good sequel even though the result of the climactic Balboa vs. Creed rematch is pretty much a foregone conclusion. This is where the series should have ended.

Full Review… | February 18, 2006

Rocky II is carried on the strong shoulders of Sylvester Stallone who puts in a stellar performance as a loving husband and a good friend.

Full Review… | January 27, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

The best of the sequels. Explores the aftermath of Rocky's success.

September 9, 2003

It's entertaining enough, but Stallone would have done well to retire Rocky after his second outing.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

While cruder than the first film, Rocky II successfully drives its hero back to the underdog status needed to make the final fight as exciting and satisfying as it is.

Full Review… | April 17, 2001

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


First sequel to Rocky is of course the best. After the match between Apollo Creed and Rocky Balboa, angry fans want a rematch. This is a great sequel, but like with every other sequel, suffers from trying to top the original. I found this sequel to be more character driven, and I quite enjoyed the fact that it focused more on the chemistry between Adrian and Rocky. The story is very well done, and fans of the first should check this film out. Of all the sequels made after Rocky, Rocky II still is the best one because it continues the story that was told in the first and ends it on a high note. The other sequels, though some of them were good tried to reinvent the character, and sometimes didn't capture the feel or essence of the character. This is a fine sequel to a great film, and the filmmakers do their best at delivering an effective sequel to a classic underdog film. With some great performances, and an effective story that is entertaining from start to finish, Rocky II is a must see for Rocky fans everywhere. Though at times, you see it has a few imperfections, this is the best sequel of the series and it delivers everything that you enjoyed from the first film. This is a brilliant film with a great cast and directing. Although predictable, there's still plenty to enjoy here if loved the first. As a whole, this is a well crafted sequel, and is among the best in the franchise. Sylvester Stallone's direction is solid and he is able to craft a terrific story that is both entertaining and inspiring.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Rocky II Quotes

Rocky Balboa: Yo Adrian, I did it!
– Submitted by Michael T (2 years ago)
Mickey: [after slapping Rocky in the face with his left hand] Now you didn't even see that comin', did ya? And that's comin' from a broken down punk like me. What... what do ya think the champ would do to ya? Rocky Balboa: Hurt me bad, I guess... Mickey: Na, he'd hurt ya permanent. Permanent!
– Submitted by JC M (2 years ago)
Apollo's Trainer: He's all wrong for us, baby. I saw you beat that man like I saw no man get beat before and the man kept coming after you. Now we don't need that kind of man in our life. I know what you're feeling. Let it go.....let it go. You're the Champ.
– Submitted by Nigel N (2 years ago)
Rocky Balboa: I never asked you to stop being a woman, so please don't ask me to stop being a man.
– Submitted by William A (2 years ago)
Rocky Balboa: I feel like a Kentucky fried idiot.
– Submitted by Hasan R (2 years ago)
Apollo Creed: Man, I won! But I didn't beat him!
– Submitted by Rajni A (3 years ago)

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