Creed II 2018

Creed II

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Creed II's adherence to franchise formula adds up to a sequel with few true surprises, but its time-tested generational themes still pack a solid punch.

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In 1985, Russian boxer Ivan Drago killed former U.S. champion Apollo Creed in a tragic match that stunned the world. Against the wishes of trainer Rocky Balboa, Apollo's son Adonis Johnson accepts a challenge from Drago's son -- another dangerous fighter. Under guidance from Rocky, Adonis trains for the showdown of his life -- a date with destiny that soon becomes his obsession. Now, Johnson and Balboa must confront their shared legacy as the past comes back to haunt each man.

Cast

Michael B. Jordan
as Adonis Johnson
Sylvester Stallone
as Rocky Balboa
Dolph Lundgren
as Ivan Drago
Phylicia Rashad
as Mary Anne Creed
Florian Munteanu
as Vitor Drago

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Critic Reviews for Creed II

All Critics (303) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (253) | Rotten (50)

  • Battle fatigue sets in roughly halfway through this eighth installment of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky franchise.

    February 22, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Creed II fits the mold of every Rocky sequel-competent, entertaining, and a little passionless

    December 21, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Creed II is almost a match for its predecessor in most respects, and in one its superior.

    December 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Ryan Coogler, having gone on to bigger and bigger things, steps aside and lets relative newcomer Steven Caple, Jr. do the job of mixing the beats of Rocky III and Rocky IV into a smooth groove for the son of Apollo Creed (Michael B. Jordan).

    November 30, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • As the eighth instalment in an ancient boxing franchise, Creed II should not be this good. Yet at times it is flat-out thrilling.

    November 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It's a sturdy second round after a cracking first one.

    November 29, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Creed II

  • Feb 29, 2020
    Maybe the most predictable of any of the Rocky movies and not nearly as fresh as the first Creed. The story tries to add closure to the Apollo Creed ring death in Rocky IV with the return of the Drago character. The whole thing feels like a heavyweight fight where the fighters spend most of the match not throwing any punches.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2019
    As unnecessary a sequel as Rocky IV, it relies on pointless, avoidable fights and Adonis basically needing to prove to the world that his dick is bigger than Ivan Drago's son's; even so, despite how familiar and underdeveloped the script is, the last half hour compensates for all of that.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2019
    A powerful sports drama, Creed II is extraordinarily compelling and full of thrills. After winning the heavyweight championship Adonis Creed is challenged by Viktor Drago, the son of the man who killed his father in the ring, and Adonis accepts, seeing a chance to right the past. Michael B. Jordan is excellent, giving perhaps his best performance yet, and Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren are also really good. And, the script does an impressive job at creating engaging character arcs and the fight scenes are incredibly intense and exciting. Creed II is a definite KO that ranks among the best in the franchise.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Maybe a shade less quality as the first but despite the nostalgia filled material from ROcky 4, it is satisfying and entertaining. Jordan and Stallone are still a great combo and Dolph Lundgren makes the most of his screen time. A feel good movie for sure! 12-16-2018
    Christopher O Super Reviewer

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