Rocky IV (1985)

Rocky IV



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Movie Info

When a Soviet superman kills his friend in the boxing ring, the all-American fighter Rocky Balboa challenges the Russian to a final bout. This fourth entry in the Rocky series sticks to the usual David versus Goliath formula, with an added layer of Cold War-inspired anti-communism.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Sylvester Stallone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 25, 1998


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Critic Reviews for Rocky IV

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (5)

Sylvester Stallone is really sloughing it off shamelessly in Rocky IV, but it's still impossible not to root for old Rocky Balboa to get up off the canvas and whup that bully one more time.

Full Review… | March 11, 2008
Top Critic

The crazed flag-waving would be a lot easier to take if it weren't so clearly a commercial calculation meant to salvage what is otherwise a crass, careless, shamelessly padded film.

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

Film reduced to the barest of three acts.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Even the hint of political power that Rocky garners by the end of this latest battle is made to seem like more of the same empty glory.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Even Sylvester Stallone seems to be getting tired of the series; as the writer and director, as well as the star, he puts himself through the same old paces.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

There are simply too many ludicrous elements to ignore: Paulie's robot; Brigitte Nielsen, even less expressive than the robot; about a thousand music-video-styled montages; Lundgren's delivery of Drago's deadly dialogue; etc.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Rocky IV

Rocky way to much

John Manard

Super Reviewer

While starting out on a better note than any of the previous films, "Rocky IV" feels more of the same. Redemption and friendship just like the third instalment. Once a friendship has to come to an end, motivation is at it's highest peak. It seems like an easy way to continue a film, but it's extremely effective. Most of this film is about training and less of relationship and character development, but in the end, the series always did need a little more of that. I just wish they didn't have to wait until this film, which is the only reason the film was made. The shortest film in the series is based on training, which means after the build-up at the beginning, it is a pretty thinly written script. I enjoyed watching this film, but besides a few key moments, it's kind of dry. The final fight is awesome though!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Rocky IV, no doubt, has its motivational and somewhat inspirational moments during its climatic scenes, but it is knocked down by its inconsistent direction and cheesy cliched montages. This fourth installment does induce some patriotism (Cold War era) but doesn't fully satisfy or have the "eye of the tiger" 3.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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