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

Rocky IV Reviews

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Film4
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.

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
Almar Haflidason
BBC.com
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
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
Variety Staff
Variety
Top Critic
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

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 19, 2006

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

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
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.

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