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Creed II Reviews

December 6, 2018
There's... so much to enjoy in Creed II.
November 30, 2018
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).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 28, 2018
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.
November 27, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 25, 2018
The whole thing just ... works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 23, 2018
There was a great movie in "Creed II," one that peeked out every now and then beneath the suffocating blanket of clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 21, 2018
If the results aren't as artful as those by Creed director Ryan Coogler (Steven Caple Jr. steps in), they still feel earned.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 21, 2018
Even though we've seen this movie before (and more than once), there's a strong beating heart to this franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
November 21, 2018
Rocky movies are a genre within a genre, and their audiences expect or even demand they be 95 percent predictable. So when they're even ten percent surprising - a generous estimate of Creed II's novelty quotient - it feels like a win.
November 21, 2018
Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone again provide a potent one-two combo, in a movie filled with nostalgic callbacks that make the most of the franchise's durable formula.
November 21, 2018
Audiences have now invested decades in this ringside soap opera and they want to see where it goes, despite everything else. And, when all is said and done, the fight scenes are actually quite good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2018
"Creed II" goes the distance, but it lacks the knockout punch of its 2015 and 1985 predecessors.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 21, 2018
If this year's soft reboot of "Halloween" bridged old and new fans to an iconic horror franchise, "Creed II" does the same for devotees of the "Rocky" series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 21, 2018
"Creed II" is a respectable if not revelatory sequel to the sequel, even if it lacks its predecessor's grace and narrative texture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 21, 2018
Creed II is a perfectly OK sequel. There's some comfort to be found in the predictability of its beats. But only at the end does it muster any real vitality.
November 21, 2018
At its best moments, "Creed II" manages a feat nearly as striking as anything that Michael B. Jordan's Rocky Balboa protégé pulls off in the boxing ring: It doesn't play all that much like a sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 20, 2018
It's always fun to decry a formulaic movie - except when the formula actually works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 20, 2018
By playing things too safe, it loses the power and spontaneity that gave Creed its energy and drive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 20, 2018
Although "Creed 2" doesn't have the same rousing magic as the last chapter, it offers intriguing parallel plots of fathers and sons trying to find redemption after loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 20, 2018
So, sure, Creed II has elements of boxing to it, but the heart of the story is with these men dealing with the emotions of fatherhood, opening up, and owning their past mistakes to move on with their futures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 20, 2018
Merely adopting a formula is easy - that happens all too often. Investing in a formula, making it breathe - that's the challenge, and "Creed II" meets it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 20, 2018
"Creed II" deftly pulls together threads from all of the "Rocky" movies, underscoring that it's time to acknowledge that Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa is one of the greatest of all Hollywood characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 20, 2018
"Creed II" steps inside the ropes under the heavy weight of expectations, is not as nimble and has put on some pounds around the middle. Yet while the film doesn't get heads ringing like the first one, it's still able to go the distance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 20, 2018
"Creed II" is a terrific movie, a boxing picture full of inspired sweetness and shrewd science that honors the cherished traditions of the genre while feeling like something new and exciting in the world.
November 20, 2018
Thompson gives a performance just as sensitive and strong-willed as her last, and her chemistry with Jordan is even greater this time. Jordan continues to impress, navigating the emotional territory of the movie better than Stallone ever did.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2018
Dolph Lundgren in close-up, in various moods of granite determination and unexpected emotional thawing, qualifies as this sequel's most legit surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 19, 2018
Go in expecting greatness, and you're likely to be disappointed. Go in expecting a Rocky sequel, and you'll get a surprisingly effective one.
November 19, 2018
Creed II falls victim to the sins of sequelitis-it's bigger, louder and more grandiose than its predecessor-yet manages to right itself by not losing focus on the humanity of its central characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2018
Creed II does not give us anything but another, slightly superior Rocky sequel. It wins on points. Just don't expect a knockout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 16, 2018
It's a familiar sequel in which audiences will be able to anticipate every single narrative punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 16, 2018
The rift is part of the rather transparent and predictable structure of Creed II, which feels more like an indifferent Rocky sequel than a movie with the reinvented dynamism of Creed.
Top Critic
November 16, 2018
It's depressing that after Creed's success, Creed II feels like it's just a step above a straight-to-video knockoff, designed to get a little more from the first movie's audience but not to increase it.
November 16, 2018
Nothing here has been freshly thought out, nor is there a drop of surprise as to the story's trajectory, forcing the viewer to tolerate conventional emotional beats and stale plot contrivances.
November 16, 2018
Sometimes the movie feels torn between spare evocations of a boxer's life and crowd-pleasing evocations of past movies. But more often than not, Caple splits the difference with aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 16, 2018
The Land director Steven J. Caple Jr. has made a rousing tale about fathers and sons, guilt and redemption, loneliness and family - just the sort of big, sledgehammer-subtle themes that have always propelled the series.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 16, 2018
"Creed II" may not be the freshest entry in the franchise, but it's a solid sports drama that makes the most of its soulful young star, Michael B. Jordan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2018
We know what to expect from these stories, but both "Creed" and its sequel invite us to forget - so we can rediscover the thrill all over again.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 16, 2018
Jordan remains a model of dimensional ferocity, laced with the right vulnerability.
November 16, 2018
"Creed II" has been made with heart and skill, and Jordan invests each moment with such fierce conviction that he makes it all seem like it matters.
November 16, 2018
The rare sequel that doesn't wind up feeling like the same old mistake.