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Rocky V

Rocky V (1990)



Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

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Touted upon its release as the finale of the Rocky saga, this fifth entry in the long-running series of sports dramas reunites star Sylvester Stallone with John G. Avildsen, director of the Oscar-winning original. Stallone is Rocky Balboa, suffering from career-ending brain damage as a result of his punishing bout with Ivan Drago at the finale of the previous film. Upon their return to Philadelphia, Rocky and his wife, Adrian (Talia Shire), discover they are broke, their fortune squandered by an


Drama, Action & Adventure

Mar 18, 2003

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The dramatic moves are so obvious and shopworn that not even the star's mournful basset-hound expressions can redeem them.

December 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Whereas the first and far superior Rocky had real heart, this tries and fails to have brains.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A sloppy but good-natured reminder of just what it is that has kept Rocky Balboa afloat for 14 years.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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In Rock V, the underdog is officially diagnosed as 'brain damaged.' Yo. So what else is new?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (2)
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Despite Stallone's bantamweight attempts to insert, like, character into the fifth Rocky, it's the same old fight with the same old round of regulars.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This is the first picture in the series that feels inert.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Time to hang up the boxing gloves, ol' Rocky.

June 1, 2007

For the most part, the Rocky pictures have been outstanding entertainments, beautifully crafted and executed, and Rocky V is an important and worthwhile addition to the series.

December 19, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comment (1)
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Much-maligned but sporadically effective...

December 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Rocky loses his fortune, moves back to the old neighborhood and neglects his son while training an ultimately ungrateful young boxer. A manufactured attempt to capture the spirit of the original. What's intended as high drama is cloying and silly.

April 20, 2006 Full Review Source:

An embarassment to brain-damaged boxers and their wussy sons everywhere.

July 5, 2004

Goes the distance as a parable about what is really means to have heart.

March 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

They should-a stopped at IV.

February 11, 2003
Aisle Seat

Like watching some favourite relative die, Stallone subjects the viewer to a miserable and pathetic end for such an enduring character.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Even Stallone seems to be sleepier than usual here.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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Audience Reviews for Rocky V

Ambitious to a point, "Rocky V" tries far too hard to create a human drama, rather than a triumphant boxing story, which is what this film series is meant to be like. This time, Rocky is done fighting once and for all, and once a newcomer thinks he is the best, he is trained by the world champion. Throughout the film, he wins the title, but is forced into dangerous times, agreeing to things he shouldn't and ending up in worse places than Rocky ever was. This is not a Rocky films, this is a spin-off that only works half of the time. It's not a good film in any way, but there are elements that I really admired. It's not as bad of a film as some people make it out to be, but it's middle of the road. I would never recommend it though.
June 24, 2013
KJ Proulx

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Stallone trades in the ambiance of a big-fight atmosphere for senseless street-fighting. Rocky V is an unacceptable installment that tarnishes the already back-down-on-his-luck fighter. The uninspiring acting and street-smart vibe is just as damaging as the fighter's brain in this film. But though the film has some significant damages it still manages to be somewhat uplifting with the lack of magic it possessed. 3/5
February 19, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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Tiresome, uninspired fifth film in the series. This film was poorly written, acted and too over the top that it ruined the character of Rocky Balboa for me. By this time during the series, you can tell that the filmmakers were running out of ideas, and the film is one of the worst I've seen in the series. If you're looking for the worst film in the franchise, then Rocky V is the one. I thought that the film lacked anything good, and in many ways it was very cheesy, boring and unimpressive. What is more startling is that director John G. Avildsen, who also directed the first film, directs this film, and this was the best that he could do. I was really disappointed with this film, and I felt they could have done much better than this, and overall the film has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Rocky V is a silly film that just cheapens out the character and is not one of those memorable and fun films to watch. The script is tiresome, and pointless with a poorly written out plot, and has a pitiful cast of actors starring in this film. Even the original cast of Rocky seems bored in this flick, and are not interesting to watch on-screen. I hated the film, and thought this film should never have been made. As a whole, this film will surely disappoint die hard Rocky fans, and it is a laughable film that is among the worst sequels I've seen. However its sequel Rocky Balboa would recapture the traditional elements that made the first film in the series so good. Don't expect much from this film as you're surely going to be disappointed. The payoff to this entry is plainly horrible, and it makes you want more out of the film, and unfortunately, the film never really takes off and because of that, it is a pointless and pitiful entry in the once great Rocky franchise.
October 9, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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It was fine because Stallone sort of went back to being underdog again but it just didn't give off the same feeling as Rocky 1,2 and 4. The passion is just all gone and dark Rocky just doesn't work. It wasn't really gripping at all and wasn't really about him.
December 18, 2011
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    1. Rocky Balboa: Micky: Get up you son of a bitch! 'Cause Mickey loves you!
    – Submitted by Nikhil V (8 months ago)
    1. Drinker: Yo Rock, you need some help?
    2. Rocky Balboa: No, guys; ain't no pie eating contest.
    – Submitted by Jeff G (11 months ago)
    1. Mickey: You're the Champ! Now get up for one more round!
    – Submitted by John B (11 months ago)
    1. Rocky Balboa Jr.: Get Him Dad! He stole my room!
    – Submitted by Steven F (14 months ago)
    1. Paulie: Yeah, [gestures to Rocky Jr.] someday you can punch-out your pop.
    2. Rocky Balboa: Hey yo Paulie, what are you tellin the kid things like this for?
    3. Paulie: Hey, it's the fittest of the survival.
    – Submitted by russell b (20 months ago)
    1. Adrian Balboa: Do you want to grow up just using your fists?
    2. Rocky Balboa: Yo Adrian, I don't think it would be so bad if I showed him how to throw a few... deadly punches.
    – Submitted by russell b (20 months ago)
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