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Rocky Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 26, 2006
Marty like romance tale with boxing gloves.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
July 26, 2011
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.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 13, 2006
A paint-by-numbers inspirational sports film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
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.
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 24, 2016
Like the movies of Frank Capra, Rocky is a glowing tribute to the human spirit - a chin-up reminder that the decent, little guys of the world often accomplish the impossible if only because they try so hard.
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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter
November 24, 2015
In addition to a heart-warming script, Stallone has created on the screen a character of enormous appeal and charm - half-articulate but funny, gruff but good-hearted.
John Marriott
Radio Times
February 25, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 15, 2008
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.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 87/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
A description of it would sound like a cliche from beginning to end. But Rocky isn't about a story, it's about a hero. And it's inhabited with supreme confidence by a star.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The basic storyline has been done to death over the years; this is still one of the most effective and successful applications of the formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Sly's best pic winner sets underdog-hero standard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
August 17, 2011
One of the greatest, if not the greatest, feel good movies of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 10, 2004
Stallone thoroughly owns the movie with his groggy, downbeat delivery and sense of indomitability.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Look past the sequels to see something special in Sylvester Stallone's boxing classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
December 6, 2006
A "guy movie" mega-classic that's really gotten better with age.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Stallone proves that when given the right material he can act with the best of them. His turn as Rocky Balboa is not only the best performance of that year, but it is also one of the best performances in the history of the silver screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
November 3, 2015
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Rocky" struck a nerve with American audiences at the time because it spoke directly to a '70s era lower middle-class dream of success that has since been exploded into a billion pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 27, 2003
Though far from a masterpiece, the first Rocky (1976) still feels fresh and miraculous, a true Cinderella story making Sylvester Stallone a worldwide star.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 11, 2013
A crowning achievement in Sylvester Stallone's career as a writer and a performer...
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A.D. Murphy
February 20, 2009
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.
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