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Rocky IV (1985)

Rocky IV


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 350,391


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 … More

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Aug 25, 1998


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Critic Reviews for Rocky IV

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (20) | DVD (7)

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

Ridiculous jingoistic nonsense.

Full Review… | March 11, 2008
Empire Magazine

Boxers are noted for their hubris, but Stallone, perhaps still punch-drunk from the early success, would have been better advised to have quit rather than suffer the body blows of this nonsense.

Full Review… | March 11, 2008

A far cry from the delights (both large and small) of its illustrious original.

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

...suffers from a vibe of superfluousness...

Full Review… | December 6, 2006
Reel Film Reviews

The film's only major disappointment is a lack of screen-time for a pre-Foofy Foofy Brigitte Nielsen

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Predictable and corny. When the Soviet fans as well as the Soviet government officials stand up and cheer Rocky at the end, you can't help but roll your eyes in disbelief.

Full Review… | February 18, 2006

Fourth in series has lost most of punch

October 24, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Proves once again that all the world loves an underdog.

Full Review… | August 22, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

(No quote available.)

January 30, 2004

Cold War metaphors delivered with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer dampens the storytelling.

September 21, 2003

I know it's awful, but I can't look away!

February 4, 2003
Sunday Times (Australia)

A camp classic, funny for all the wrong reasons.

January 17, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

Should have stopped at three. Four, no more.

December 17, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

More action, and less plot let's makes Rocky's latest bout entertaining, but far from groundbreaking.

September 18, 2002

If you ask me, it's mostly about 1985, a time when you could fill 90 minutes with nothing but machismo, excitement and montage.

Full Review… | September 10, 2002
Montreal Film Journal

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


Rocky IV is a decent little entry, but is nothing anything good or great. By this time in the series, you can see that the screenwriters were struggling in trying to deliver something good on-screen, and though it's not a bad film, Rocky IV could have been much better too. I felt that something was missing from its plot to truly make this entry something special. However it lacked in delivering something truly compelling and since this is a fourth film in a boxing series, the plot becomes a tad predictable and you know what will happen next. The biggest issue I have with this film is that tries to be serious, while being too over the top. If you watch it, you'll know what I mean. Even though the film is enjoyable, it has plenty of flaws and the premise, despite it being interesting, is a tad too silly for my taste. People have praised Dolph Lundgren in the role of Drago. I don't see why he's that great, and as actor, he's pretty bland. I8 really think he wasn't that good in the role, and I much preferred Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed because, Creed had emotion, personality, while the character of Drago was void of that. To me it was just like, a total overrated performance. Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed were characters you connected with, but Ivan Drago, simply was an average character. Rocky IV is a decent little flick that is entertaining but flawed. I much preferred the first three Rocky Films than this one, and as a whole, they could made a better film as well. Don't expect much with this fourth film, and you may not be disappointed. I liked it, but felt it could have been much better than it turned out to be. Lundgren for me is one of the weaker elements of the film, and just the sheers ridiculousness of his role made not care about his overall performance or screen presence. The best aspect of the film was Carl Weathers and Sylvester Stallone's performance. A decent entry, but nothing ever special.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Rocky IV Quotes

I must break you.
– Submitted by Matthew B (2 months ago)
Rocky Balboa:
If I can change and you can change, everybody can change.
– Submitted by The Vinh H (20 months ago)
I must break you.
– Submitted by Simon I (2 years ago)
If he dies...he dies.
– Submitted by Jared B (2 years ago)
You will lose.
– Submitted by Zach W (2 years ago)
You Cut him! You HURT him! You see. You see. He's not a Machine, He's a Man!
– Submitted by Nigel N (2 years ago)

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