Creed II

2018, Drama, 2h 10m

310 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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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.

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  • Dec 09, 2020
    Creed was a pleasant addition to the Rocky lore and allowed a new audience to enjoy the series. Creed II falls into some of the early Stallone faults and over embellish on sentimental heart strings. The boxing scenes are again top notch and the return of some of the earlier characters was a nice idea. This feels like the end of Rocky's journey and it would be nice to leave him out of the series for a film or two. The pacing is sluggish this time around and I felt the director change was noticeable. There's some cringe worthy moments and that final fight wasn't the epic we deserved. The series is left in a good place and there's a chance they could resurrect some other Rocky characters from the vault in the future. I was never a huge fan of Rocky IV but this resurrects those characters successfully. I wasn't sold on this film and sadly it pulls the quality down overall. This is still a solid boxing film, just a little unmemorable. 09/12/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • 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.
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