Creed

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Creed brings the Rocky franchise off the mat for a surprisingly effective seventh round that extends the boxer's saga in interesting new directions while staying true to its classic predecessors' roots.

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Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died before Adonis was born. However, boxing is in his blood, so he seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and asks the retired champ to be his trainer. Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis, and agrees to mentor him, even as he battles an opponent deadlier than any in the ring. With Rocky's help, Adonis soon gets a title shot, but whether he has the true heart of a fighter remains to be seen.

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All Critics (306) | Top Critics (55) | Fresh (291) | Rotten (15)

  • Creed is a sure-fire hit that's impossible to hate but I may have to punch the next person who tells me it made them cry.

    January 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A shot of box-fresh blood.

    January 15, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

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  • If you can stomach the schmaltz and suspend your disbelief in the face of the film's pounding predictability, you'll find plenty to enjoy.

    January 14, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a relief to watch this likable boxing picture, which finds a way to evolve the Rocky franchise with humour and humility.

    January 14, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Anyone hoping the franchise might open out into new thematic territory will be disappointed; this is the same old ritual, from the amped-up training sequences to the climactic title fight with its absurd number of punches landed in every round.

    December 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Creed moves the Rocky franchise into the present and gives it a future; Coogler makes the story his own, even as he pays respect to what has gone before.

    December 1, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Feb 18, 2018
    After the last Rocky film was already pretty strong this is another example of sequels not necessarily being pointless nostalgia but in best case adding new layers to a franchise. Sure, we have the usual ingredients of boxer films here as well, that's a tad predictable. But it's all so well done and performed, especially by Stallone, that you're glad you're along for the ride. The music is another great feature, both referencing the classic Rocky scores and going new ways. A very satisfying and enthralling new installment.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2017
    A fresh reboot of the franchise with some great performances, excellent direction from Coogler, and some of the best boxing sequences I've ever seen.
    Jared H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2016
    Adonis Creed, the son of Apollo Creed, employs Rocky Balboa to prepare for a big fight. The plot is derivative and maybe even cliche and a important character development isn't adequately resolved, but damn, is this film compelling. The fight scenes are brutal, and Sylvester Stallone turns in the best performance of his career. The scene in which he receives and accepts bad news, which I won't reveal, is heart-breaking; what is Sylvester Stallone doing making me feel things? Michael B. Jordan is a serviceable protagonist, so it's really Stallone that carries this film. Overall, almost despite myself, I really enjoyed this film.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2016
    I'm not sure which Rocky film pushed me into Balboa fatigue. So I didn't expect much when I went to see Creed. But, I sure am glad I saw it. It's re-energized the franchise and count me in if there is a Creed II. Michael B. Jordan is a star. And, the on-screen chemistry with love interest Tessa Thompson is real. The boxing scenes might be the best EVER filmed. They are realistic and... cool. As for Balboa... Stallone rightly gives himself and his Rocky persona to director Ryan Coogler and, while far from being the greatest, is pretty damn good in this movie.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer

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