Rocky IV Reviews

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Top Critic
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
May 13, 2015
[Stallone] creates credible villains worthy of his heroic character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2015
The new film's narrative is stripped down to essentials, which gives it an emblematic quality.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 6, 2006
...suffers from a vibe of superfluousness...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 7, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
July 17, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 4, 2003
I know it's awful, but I can't look away!
| Original Score: 3/5
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
September 19, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 2, 2002
Fist-pumping, heart-jumping, chest-thumping fun.
| Original Score: 5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
| Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
While this derivative and shallow sequel might weaken the credibility of the series, there's no denying the satisfaction of watching a fight of such seemingly impossible odds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
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.
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
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