• 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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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 23, 2003

| Original Score: 2/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Even Sylvester Stallone seems to be getting tired of the series; as the writer and director, as well as the star, he puts himself through the same old paces.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 8, 2004

| Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 27, 2002

| Original Score: 2/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 17, 2003

A camp classic, funny for all the wrong reasons.

| Original Score: 1/5
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.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

Film reduced to the barest of three acts.

Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
November 12, 2004

| Original Score: 0/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
December 17, 2002

Should have stopped at three. Four, no more.

| Original Score: 1/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 10, 2002

| 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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003

| Original Score: 2/5
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
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
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 30, 2004

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| Original Score: 2/5
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
Janet Maslin
New York Times
Top Critic
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
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 28, 2005

| Original Score: 1/5
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.

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.

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