Rocky IV Reviews

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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.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
May 13, 2015
[Stallone] creates credible villains worthy of his heroic character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2015
The new film's narrative is stripped down to essentials, which gives it an emblematic quality.
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
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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.
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Chris Peachment
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Film reduced to the barest of three acts.
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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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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