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Rocky (1976)

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92

Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 49 | Rotten: 4

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.

75

Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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.

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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.

PG,

Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance

Sylvester Stallone

Aug 7, 2006

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All Critics (53) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (4) | DVD (30)

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

February 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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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.

July 26, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (8)
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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.

February 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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I wanted to like it more than I did, but it'll do.

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Rocky is an old-fashioned fairytale brilliantly revamped to chime in with the depressed mood of the '70s.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The screenplay of Rocky is purest Hollywood make-believe of the 1930's, but there would be nothing wrong with that, had the film been executed with any verve.

New York Times
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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).

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

This triple-Oscar-winning boxing drama is shot through with genuine impassioned commitment, born of the fact that Sylvester Stallone realised that this was his best hope of stardom.

February 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It's Sly's droopy-eyed, hangdog/underdog that carries Rocky's tale of transformation. He's no oil painting, no blue-eyed hero. He's not supposed to make it -- and that makes us instantly connect with him.

February 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A crowning achievement in Sylvester Stallone's career as a writer and a performer...

February 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

One of the greatest, if not the greatest, feel good movies of all time.

August 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

It's all here: the famous Bill Conti fanfare, the 'Gonna Fly Now' training montage, the inevitable 'David and Goliath' climax. [Blu-ray]

June 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

transforms the gritty realities of economic hardship and personal desperation into a celebration of individuality and determination without sinking into mushy sentimentalism

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Sly's best pic winner sets underdog-hero standard.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Stallone -- an actor who has made a career of bad performances in bad films -- proves that when given the right material he can act with the best of them.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

A great example of underdog sports cinema.

February 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

This is really Sly's movie as he slugs his way through a heartfelt performance and delivers some cracking punches, both literally and emotionally.

February 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Rocky retains its power to enthrall ... a quieter movie than some may remember.... It's worth seeing again, for what it was, before it was betrayed by it's less intelligent, testosterone-soaked progeny.

January 15, 2008 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A dunce who can fight with a contagious likability: Now that's American.

November 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Marty like romance tale with boxing gloves.

December 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (11)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Better films have been made about the world of sports, but for many Rocky is the sports movie.

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A paint-by-numbers inspirational sports film.

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Comments (14)
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Audience Reviews for Rocky

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!
June 17, 2013
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
June 10, 2013
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Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

It's really amazing believe that Sylvester Stallone had made such a great screenplay and stunning performance. Rocky proves that not all action macho it's just a strong men that fight against bad guys in comercial movies, but sometimes are pretty good writers and actor. Dispite the predictable plot and story and the sentimentalism, Rocky still is impressive and make us review the unforgettable American 70's cinema.
March 25, 2013
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

A brilliant portrayal of the nature of opportunities in the unlikeliness of places. Rocky is a brilliant motion picture epitomized by sensational performances from its actors. Though the story is somewhat easy to unfold, the film does well in presenting a grand story of a true underdog. 4.5/5
February 8, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

    1. Adrian: I'll be here waiting for you.
    2. Rocky Balboa: How 'bout I stay here and you fight?
    – Submitted by Jeff R (5 months ago)
    1. Apollo Creed: Ain't gonna be no rematch...ain't gonna be no rematch.
    2. Rocky Balboa: Don't want one.
    – Submitted by Jeff R (5 months ago)
    1. Adrian: Why do you wanna fight?
    2. Rocky Balboa: 'Cause I can't sing or dance.
    – Submitted by Jeff R (5 months ago)
    1. Apollo's Trainer: He doesn't know it's a damn show, he thinks it's a damn fight!
    – Submitted by Jeff R (5 months ago)
    1. Rocky Balboa: Cut me Mick!
    – Submitted by Eric B (12 months ago)
    1. Rocky Balboa: Yo, Adrian!
    – Submitted by Dutch E (13 months ago)
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