Rocky IV Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 13, 2015
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.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
May 13, 2015
[Stallone] creates credible villains worthy of his heroic character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2015
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.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 13, 2015
The outcome of the film is predetermined by the formulaic scripts of Rocky II and Rocky III. Stallone boxed himself into a corner with this one.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2015
The new film's narrative is stripped down to essentials, which gives it an emblematic quality.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
May 13, 2015
Though it's impossible not to get caught up in our hero's Russian training programme, or to root for his climactic victory, the mawkish montages accompanied by blaring music are no substitute for plot shading.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Travers
People Magazine
May 13, 2015
His vacuous post-bout speech indicates why boxers with 75 professional bouts are rarely called upon as public speakers.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Variety Staff
March 11, 2008
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.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
March 11, 2008
Ridiculous jingoistic nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

March 11, 2008
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.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 19, 2006
A far cry from the delights (both large and small) of its illustrious original.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 19, 2006
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 6, 2006
...suffers from a vibe of superfluousness...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Peachment
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Film reduced to the barest of three acts.
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
March 24, 2006
The film's only major disappointment is a lack of screen-time for a pre-Foofy Foofy Brigitte Nielsen
Chuck O'Leary
February 18, 2006
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 | Original Score: C
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 24, 2004
Fourth in series has lost most of punch
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 22, 2004
Proves once again that all the world loves an underdog.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 30, 2004
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| Original Score: 2/5
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