Rocky IV Reviews

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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.
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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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Geoff Andrew
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
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
September 21, 2003
Cold War metaphors delivered with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer dampens the storytelling.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 4, 2003
I know it's awful, but I can't look away!
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 17, 2003
A camp classic, funny for all the wrong reasons.
| Original Score: 1/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
December 17, 2002
Should have stopped at three. Four, no more.
| Original Score: 1/5
Clint Morris
September 18, 2002
More action, and less plot let's makes Rocky's latest bout entertaining, but far from groundbreaking.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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