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

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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as Captain Ivan Drago

as Adrian

as Paulie

as Apollo Creed

as Ludmilla Vobet Drago

as Nicoli Koloff

as American Commentator

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as Sports Announcer

as American Commentator

as Russian Cornerman

as Sico the Robot

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as Commentator #1

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as KGB Driver

as Russian Referee

as Las Vegas Referee

as Interviewer

as Rocky Jr.

as Russian Ring Announc...

as Mrs. Creed

as Limo Driver

as Ring Announcer

as Caretaker

as Igor Rimsky

as Commentator in Las V...

as Reporter

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Critic Reviews for Rocky IV

All Critics (42) | 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

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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