Creed II

Critics Consensus

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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Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family's past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what's worth fighting for, and discover that nothing's more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can't escape your history.

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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 (275) | Top Critics (43)

  • Creed II fits the mold of every Rocky sequel-competent, entertaining, and a little passionless

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

    Dec 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).

    Nov 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.

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

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It is a solid movie that further cements Jordan as a star, and that's mostly because of how he portrays Donnie's personal development.

    Nov 28, 2018 | Full Review…

    Brandon Katz

    Observer
    Top Critic
  • The film simmers before it explodes, and it often, it maintains the slow burn for a moment too long in the quieter moments between family members. But when Caple really lets "Creed II" run wild, it's breathtaking.

    Nov 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Creed II

  • 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
  • Dec 27, 2018
    Lead by a combination of interesting arcs, solid boxing action and the cheesy-yet-blood-pumping Rocky formula Creed II continues the spin-off lore effectively even if it isn't as graceful or innovative as the first installment. 4.05/5
    Super Reviewer

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