Creed II Reviews

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November 20, 2018
By playing things too safe, it loses the power and spontaneity that gave Creed its energy and drive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 16, 2018
It's a familiar sequel in which audiences will be able to anticipate every single narrative punch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 16, 2018
Jordan remains a model of dimensional ferocity, laced with the right vulnerability.
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