Reviews

Feb 22, 2020
Battle fatigue sets in roughly halfway through this eighth installment of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky franchise.
Dec 21, 2018
Creed II fits the mold of every Rocky sequel-competent, entertaining, and a little passionless
Dec 6, 2018
There's... so much to enjoy in Creed II.
Dec 6, 2018
Creed II does beat you over the head with its sentimentalism - too much text instead of subtext. But it's generally effective,
Dec 4, 2018
Ultimately though, Creed II is as much a male weepie or old-school melodrama as it is a boxing movie, and this is actually where it succeeds best.
Dec 4, 2018
... refreshingly less concerned with trite triumphs than it is with fractured men forced to confront who they perceive themselves to be or aspire to be vs. who they are - and the fight to reconcile that.
Dec 4, 2018
Of course Creed II is familiar ground. But it honours the genre and still has enough vitality to make us feel the thrill again.
Dec 2, 2018
Creed II is almost a match for its predecessor in most respects, and in one its superior.
Dec 1, 2018
Jordan is the best thing about the film; vulnerable mouth and defiant, boyish attitude voice ("I'm dangerous!" he insists, voice cracking) telegraphing insecurity and impostor syndrome that feels lived in.
Dec 1, 2018
You can feel the punches being landed... because you care about the characters.
Nov 30, 2018
I don't think I have sat before a boxing film where the punches felt harder, even 10 rows back from the screen.
Nov 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).
Nov 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.
Nov 30, 2018
Hugely enjoyable, with some terrific performances and a keen eye on the continuing evolution of the series, while maintaining the heart of the original.
Nov 29, 2018
Sadly, the first Creed's director, Ryan Coogler, didn't stick around for a sequel and it shows. But this is still a solid, earnestly acted effort.
Nov 29, 2018
The Rocky franchise is nothing if not redundant, or rather, full of reverberations, past stories just waiting to be mined by some later sequel. Creed II doesn't quite make a meal of the opportunity.
Nov 29, 2018
It's a sturdy second round after a cracking first one.
Nov 29, 2018
You see it coming. The same goes for much of the dialogue. Even so, this is an enjoyable and rousing affair that wins you over by the sheer process of attrition.
Nov 28, 2018
Cheerfully ludicrous.
Nov 28, 2018
If you were delivering a lecture on how to extract the most value from a worn formula then you could do worse than direct your audience to the latest film in the Rocky cycle.