• PG, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Sylvester Stallone
    In Theaters:
    Nov 27, 1985 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 25, 1998
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

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Rocky IV Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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 Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2/4

April 18, 2014
Variety Staff
Variety
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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 Source: Variety

March 11, 2008
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Ridiculous jingoistic nonsense.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

March 11, 2008

Film4

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 Source: Film4

March 11, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide

December 19, 2006
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader

December 19, 2006
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 6, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Film reduced to the barest of three acts.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

March 24, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com

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 Source: FulvueDrive-in.com | Original Score: C

February 18, 2006
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Fourth in series has lost most of punch

| Original Score: 3/5

October 24, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Proves once again that all the world loves an underdog.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

August 22, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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| Original Score: 2/5

January 30, 2004
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews

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

| Original Score: 1/5

September 21, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 20, 2003
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)

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

| Original Score: 3/5

February 4, 2003
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

A camp classic, funny for all the wrong reasons.

| Original Score: 1/5

January 17, 2003
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Should have stopped at three. Four, no more.

| Original Score: 1/5

December 17, 2002
Clint Morris
Moviehole

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

| Original Score: 3/5

September 18, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

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 Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 10, 2002
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