Critics 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.



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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.

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Sylvester Stallone
as Rocky Balboa
Burt Young
as Paulie
Carl Weathers
as Apollo Creed
Thayer David
as Jergens
Bill Baldwin
as Fight Announcer
Al Silvani
as Cut Man
George Memmoli
as Ice Rink Attendant
Diana Lewis
as TV Commentator
George O'Hanlon
as TV Commentator
Larry Carroll
as TV Interviewer
Stan Shaw
as Dipper
Don Sherman
as Bartender
Billy Sands
as Club Fight Announcer
Pedro Lovell
as Spider Ricco
DeForest Covan
as Apollo's Corner
Simmy Bow
as Club Cornerman
Tony Burton
as Apollo's Trainer
Hank Rolike
as Apollo Cornerman
Shirley O'Hara
as Jergens' Secretary
Kathleen Parker
as Paulie's Date
Frank Stallone
as Timekeeper
Shirley O'Hara Krims
as Jergens' Secretary
Joe Sorbello
as Buddy the Bodyguard
Chris Avildsen
as Chiptooth
Frankie Van
as Club Fight Referee
Lou Filippo
as Championship Fight Announcer
Robert L. Tangrea
as Streetcorner Singer
Peter Glassberg
as Streetcorner Singer
William E. Ring
as Streetcorner Singer
Joseph C. Giambelluca
as Streetcorner Singer
Joe Frazier
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Rocky

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (11)

  • 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.

    Feb 24, 2016 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 24, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Sylvester Stallone [is] as likable as a basset hound.

    Feb 6, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 26, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 20, 2009 | Full Review…

    A.D. Murphy

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

    Dec 13, 2006 | Full Review…

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