Rocky IV (1985) - Rotten Tomatoes

Rocky IV (1985)

Rocky IV (1985)

Rocky IV



Critic Consensus: Rocky IV inflates the action to absurd heights, but it ultimately rings hollow thanks to a story that hits the same basic beats as the first three entries in the franchise.

Movie Info

The third sequel to Sylvester Stallone's boxing blockbuster combines the ringside sports melodrama of the previous installments with the Cold War patriotism of the star/director's other motion picture series of the 1980s, the Rambo saga. Stallone is back as Rocky Balboa, the heavyweight champion of the world and now good friend of his one-time nemesis, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). Creed is brutally slaughtered in the boxing ring during a lop-sided exhibition match against the superhuman Russian boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), an event that Rocky takes personally. Vowing revenge against Drago in the name of Creed and the United States, Rocky is invited to the Soviet Union for a matchup and hires Creed's former manager (Tony Burton) to get him in shape. While Drago trains using the latest technology, Rocky's ascetic preparations are a low-key affair of carrying logs up hills through knee-deep Russian snow.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Sylvester Stallone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 25, 1998


Sylvester Stallone
as Rocky Balboa
Dolph Lundgren
as Captain Ivan Drago
Burt Young
as Paulie
Carl Weathers
as Apollo Creed
Brigitte Nielsen
as Ludmilla Vobet Drago
Michael Pataki
as Nicoli Koloff
Barry Tompkins
as American Commentator
Betancourth Daniel B...
as Rocky Jr.'s Friend
James Brown
as The Godfather of Sou...
R.J. Adams
as Sports Announcer
Mark Delessandro
as Russian Cornerman
Al Bandiero
as American Commentator
Marty Denkin
as Russian Referee
Lou Filippo
as Las Vegas Referee
Dean Hammond
as Interviewer
Mark de Alessandro
as Russian Cornerman
Rocky Krakoff
as Rocky Jr.
Sergei Levin
as Russian Ring Announc...
Sylvia Meals
as Mrs. Creed
Dwayne McGee
as Limo Driver
LeRoy Neiman
as Ring Announcer
George Pipaski
as Caretaker
George Rogan
as Igor Rimsky
Warner Wolf
as Commentator
Richard Blum
as Reporter
Ray Glanzmann
as Reporter
Robert Doornick
as Sico the Robot
Rose Dursey
as Reporter
Leslie Morris
as Reporter
Julio Herzer
as Reporter
Rolf Williams
as Reporter
Gerald Berns
as Reporter
Julie Inouye
as Reporter
Jean Thoreau
as Reporter
Jeff Austin
as Reporter
Bob Giovanne
as Reporter
Stu Nahan
as Commentator #1
Dominic Barto
as Russian Government O...
Jack Carpenter
as KGB Driver
Rick Kelley
as Reporter
Jim Hodge
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Rocky IV

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (9)

Padded with clips from earlier Rocky pictures, adding nothing to his mythic, let alone human dimensions, it lacks even the primitive suspense and crude capacity to release underdog emotions that permitted its predecessors to conquer one's better judgment.

Full Review… | May 13, 2015
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

[Stallone] creates credible villains worthy of his heroic character.

Full Review… | May 13, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

This is grim and witless storytelling, and what makes it so depressing is that it hasn't improved by so much as a chemical trace since the days of the first Rocky.

Full Review… | May 13, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The new film's narrative is stripped down to essentials, which gives it an emblematic quality.

Full Review… | May 13, 2015
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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

Audience Reviews for Rocky IV

Rocky way to much

John Manard

Super Reviewer

This jingoistic silliness was obviously made to show the Americans overthrowing the Russians during the Cold War but what is even worse is that in the end it seems nothing but a ridiculous montage of musical video clips without any passion or good drama.

Carlos Magalh„es

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

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