Rocky - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Rocky Reviews

Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
February 6, 2013
Sylvester Stallone [is] as likable as a basset hound.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2006
I wanted to like it more than I did, but it'll do.
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rocky is an old-fashioned fairytale brilliantly revamped to chime in with the depressed mood of the '70s.
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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