Rocky (1976)



Critic Consensus: This story of a down-on-his-luck boxer is thoroughly predictable, but Sylvester Stallone's script and stunning performance in the title role brush aside complaints.

Movie Info

A slightly dimwitted amateur boxer from Philadelphia's tough neighborhood gets a surprise shot at fighting for the heavyweight championship, while at the same time he finds love in the arms of a shy, reclusive girl who works in the local pet store.

Rating: PG (N/A)
Genre: Sports & Fitness, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Sylvester Stallone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 7, 2006
United Artists - Official Site


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as Paulie

as Apollo Creed

as Jergens

as Gazzo

as Fight Announcer

as Cut Man

as Ice Rink Attendant

as TV Commentator

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as Dipper

as Bartender

as Club Fight Announcer

as Spider Ricco

as Apollo's Corner

as Club Cornerman

as Apollo's Trainer

as Apollo Cornerman

as Jergens' Secretary

as Paulie's Date

as Timekeeper

as Jergens' Secretary

as Buddy the Bodyguard

as Chiptooth

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as Himself

as Rocky Balboa
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Critic Reviews for Rocky

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (8)

Sylvester Stallone [is] as likable as a basset hound.

Full Review… | February 6, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The story is achingly familiar, and though Stallone has a certain power, he is certainly not the subtlest actor to crawl out from under Marlon's overcoat.

Full Review… | July 26, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

There are occasional flashes that the film may be patronizing the lower end of the blue-collar mentality, as much if not more than the characters who keep putting Rocky down on the screen. However, Avildsen is noted for creating such ambiguities.

Full Review… | February 20, 2009
Top Critic

I wanted to like it more than I did, but it'll do.

Full Review… | December 13, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Rocky is an old-fashioned fairytale brilliantly revamped to chime in with the depressed mood of the '70s.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The real deal, offering a raw, gritty feel that none of the slicker sequels even attempted to replicate (with the possible exception of the final film).

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Rocky

With an exceptional script, exceptional acting, several iconic sequences (the stairs scene), and the classic use of "Gonna Fly Now," Rocky is an affecting, moving film that keeps you cheering on Stallone throughout its entirety.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

The story of a boxer who is living in an old run-down apartment, with very little money, until someones rings his bell with a chance at the title! Going through life changing moments, falling for a girl, going through training, hard times and unrelentless power, Rocky is one of the best films of the 70's. Sylvestre Stallone gives the best performance of his career and truly makes himself a believable boxer at heart! I have never thought I would love a boxers life journey so much, but here I have to give it more credit that any boxing movie ever made. With magnificent direction, great editing, a well-told story, and Stallone at his very best, "Rocky" is fantastic!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Back in the day this was a great movie, but after the number of Rocky movies made and the other Sylvester Stallone movies that have bombared us over the years. It kills me to pay top dollar for cable and still see movies like Rocky and First Blood played all the time. Stallone took to many mpunches to the head and to much white powder up his nose, 1/2 star 6-11-07

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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