Creed II Reviews

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December 21, 2018
Creed II fits the mold of every Rocky sequel-competent, entertaining, and a little passionless
December 2, 2018
Creed II is almost a match for its predecessor in most respects, and in one its superior.
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).
November 30, 2018
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 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.
November 27, 2018
Doesn't punch nearly as hard without Coogler in its corner.
November 25, 2018
The whole thing just ... works.
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.
November 22, 2018
If the results aren't as artful as those by Creed director Ryan Coogler (Steven Caple Jr. steps in), they still feel earned.
November 21, 2018
Even though we've seen this movie before (and more than once), there's a strong beating heart to this franchise.
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.
November 21, 2018
"Creed II" goes the distance, but it lacks the knockout punch of its 2015 and 1985 predecessors.
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.
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.
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.
November 21, 2018
It's always fun to decry a formulaic movie - except when the formula actually works.
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