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January 10, 2017
A heartwarming story of an everyday amateur that gets his chance and makes the most of it. Stallone gives an incredible performance, even if he is hard to understand sometimes.
½ December 23, 2016
I will have to give this film a 4.5 rating. This movie is really good. Although the story is a bit slow, the acting is exceptional, the characters are memorable, and the script is fine. Sylvester Stallone did a fantastic job as Rocky Balboa, the main character in this film. This is such a great film, and if you haven't already watched this movie, I suggest you do.
Super Reviewer
½ December 21, 2016
What makes this underdog story so special is that it is not just a mere "guy movie" about boxing but instead a touching and profoundly honest drama about a man and his personal struggle to go the distance and be the best he can - and Stallone's performance is superb.
December 1, 2016
Had to watch this after watching Creed. This is such a great movie. The story is a bit slow-going, but good nonetheless. I think I enjoy it more each time I watch it, or at least certain elements of the film seem new or fresh after re-watching it every so often.
November 16, 2016
A movie that I certainly expected more boxing in, but pleasantly surprised to find that this was more of a character study of gentle giant Balboa and his ambitions, his awkward romance with Adrian, and how he relates to the world around him. Weathers is as usual amazing.
November 3, 2016
The best boxing film of all time!
October 27, 2016
John G. Avildsen's now classic boxing melodrama is without doubt the greatest underdog story in cinematic history. It concerns a 30 year old, two-bit club fighter from Philadelphia named Rocky Balboa, played brilliantly and with true conviction by Sylvester Stallone in a breakout performance that earned him a richly deserved Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Rocky gets a supremely rare "million-to-one shot" for fame in a championship bout against the Heavyweight Champion of the World, Apollo Creed, played terrifically by Carl Weathers. It is Apollo who dreams up this publicity stunt to give a nobody a title shot during the bicentennial celebration of America. No one takes Rocky serious, but he trains hard with his old trainer Mickey Goldmill, played sensationally by the late great veteran character actor Burgess Meredith in memorable turn that earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Rocky will gain his self-respect and prove to everyone that he can go the distance. The lovely Talia Shire received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her marvelous performance as Adrian, the painfully shy pet store worker who falls in love with Rocky, and Burt Young received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his superlative performance as Adrian's older brother Pauline who is a pain-in-the-ass drunkard. Skillful Academy Award winning direction by Avildsen, with a compelling Academy Award nominated original screenplay by Stallone, and an evocative Academy Award nominated score by Bill Conti. A triumphant film that is so inspiring and moving, it perfectly demonstrates the strength of the human spirit to overcome all odds. This low-budget cinematic gem became a surprise mega-hit box office sensation at the time of it's release and was followed by 5 sequels and a 2015 spin-off hit sequel "Creed." Winner of 3 Academy Awards including Best Picture. Highly recommended.
Super Reviewer
October 18, 2016
"I dunno. She's got gaps, I got gaps, together we fill gaps."
October 15, 2016
Rocky is a great movie with a buch of cool scenes in them. Rocky is my favorite out of them all because it is well of course the original and it has some good quotes and stuff like that. Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) plays the role so good in this movie. Rocky does not have much to do in life he has one friend named Paulie (Burt Young), he likes this girl named Adrian (Talia Shire) that is shy, and has a trainer named Mickey (Burgess Meredith) who doesn't have really nobody to train. So when the Champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) picks Rocky to fight Rocky decides he will fight him. While Rocky is training while trying to get Adrian to like her. So near the end of the Movie he trains with a great song Gonna fly now and run the Philadelphia Art Museum steps and rises his arms. Then Rocky says all he wants is to go the distance with Creed because he knows he can't win. When he fights Apollo Creed Apollo Creed thinks he does not have a chance to win so he goes more easy on Rocky and tries to make it a show. Rocky ends up knocking Creed down and losing the fight but doesn't care because he want the distance. This is a great movie 5 stars
October 5, 2016
C'mon, this is everything a movie should be!
September 22, 2016
Unbelievably effective still, for a movie made 40 years ago. So many gritty hallmarks of '70s cinema meet a completely offbeat premise that isn't afraid to mix meat bag street life with lofty, almost twee romanticism. Sad it took me so long to watch this, given my love for Rocky IV, Rocky V (ironically - Tommy Gunn baby!) and Creed.
½ September 19, 2016
Yes, this is the first time I've ever seen any of the Rocky films. I'm actually surprised that, despite how popular this film is and how many lines I recognized from it, I didn't know exactly how it was going to end. The movie is certainly a powerful underdog story. I like the idea of the every-man facing a foe who is way out of his league. But that's basically the last act of this film. Prior to that there is a lot of time spent setting up Rocky as a character. Sylvester Stallone is probably the perfect actor to play this guy who is really rough around the edges that needs a lot work to become the man he is at the end. I loved Carl Weathers as the Muhammad Ali type, and they did some good things to show the contrast of his preparation for the fight versus Rocky's. The relationship with Adrian is obviously of vital importance for Rocky as a character, so I kind of rolled with it, even though that's the kind of stuff I usually find unnecessary in sports movies. The makeup effects were effective and authentic when they were getting bruised and battered in the boxing ring. I'm not as confident about the actual boxing itself. It was very hit-and-miss...literally. Occasionally it was way too obvious that the punches were not connecting, which takes me out of the film a little bit. I was also a little surprised how bland the training sequences seemed. Considering how that run up the steps has become one of the most iconic moments in movie history, I thought I'd be more pumped up but I wasn't feeling it. Despite all my minor complaints I still enjoyed most aspects of the movie, but my biggest struggle was actually with the character Paulie. His presence in the film was an irritant at best, and I didn't think they gave him anything of value to do in the plot. This was not the fault of Burt Young, but the character just did nothing for me. Yet the movie is definitely a good David-and-Goliath story, and I can see how people formed nostalgic attachments to it. I doubt it will ever be something I latch onto, and it's unlikely I'll dig deeper into the franchise, but finally marking this legendary film off my list-of-shame felt good.
September 6, 2016
Classic. One of the best movies every made.
½ August 10, 2016
The 6th... maybe 5th best boxing movie of all time.
August 9, 2016
rocky,one of the best films of all time, without a doubt the best sports film ever. Brilliant acting from stallone, burgess meredith as micky the manager. The training scenes and the music are inspirational. Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed is amazing and an ending that could be watched over and over again. Stallone is one of the best stars of all time
August 8, 2016
How the hell does Rocky only have a 69% fan approval rating? It won best picture for a reason. Sorry if it's a little too slow for you, millenial plebs.
August 7, 2016
I love it, when aspiring film makers get to get their projects off the ground and Rocky is very aspiring.
½ August 3, 2016
This film deserves its accolades. ROCKY is an excellent sports drama that is worth watching at least once. The film could be a bit less predictable (save Rocky not emerging victorious in the climatic fight against Apollo Creed, which was a bit left-field but not much when you consider Rocky stated several times over the course of the film he only wanted the distance with Creed.) but it shines in many other areas. For example the casting is spot on, most of the characters deliver a memorable and skillful performance (Especially Stallone) and the ones that don't usually aren't dwelled upon too much. The film's age shows and it may get a little boring for younger ones and those watching it today who might be used to cg heavy special effects extravaganzas but it can still be appreciated with the right mindset. the soundtrack is excellent though at times distracting and the drama and other interesting sequences are sometimes dragged down a bit by boredom stemming for earlier parts, but the script is great and acting superb so these complaints start to seem meaningless after further examination. This type of quality IS worth repeat viewings for some as said before is fine to watch just once to get a great cinematic experience and get the film's message. the boxing action and visuals might feel a little dated, but a remaster might take some of the film's charm. ROCKY is an amazing motion picture that you should definitely see. I'd give ROCKY a 9/10.
July 26, 2016
So, you haven't seen Rocky? Then you probably don't know that Stallone gave us one of the greatest, most naturalistic acting jobs of all time in no short part due to the remarkably sympathetic script that was written by Stallone himself. Stallone understood his character inside and out in a way that's uncanny to the point of miraculous. Few actors ever get their characters this right, I know that's a hell of a claim, but watch it, and really think about it.
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