Rocky Balboa

2006

Rocky Balboa

Critics Consensus

Implausible but entertaining and poignant, Rocky Balboa finds the champ in fighting form for the first time in years.

77%

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76%
Average Rating: 3.5/5

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The greatest underdog story of our time is back for one final round of the Academy Award-winning Rocky franchise. Former heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa steps out of retirement and back into the ring, putting himself against a new rival in a dramatically different era. After a virtual boxing match declares Rocky Balboa the victor over current champion Mason 'The Line' Dixon, the legendary fighter's passion and spirit are reignited. But when his desire to fight in small, regional competitions is trumped by promoters calling for a rematch of the cyber-fight, Balboa must weigh the mental and physical risks of a high profile exhibition match against his need to be in the ring.

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Critic Reviews for Rocky Balboa

All Critics (180) | Top Critics (45)

  • I know, I know, you're thinking, oh please, not Rocky again. I was thinking that too.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR.org
    Top Critic
  • Stallone wanted this movie to restore dignity to his greatest character. He succeeds, better then anyone might have expected.

    Feb 23, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The ol' lug can't be blamed for wanting one last victory lap, but if you've got nothing to offer except benign nostalgia, just let the gloves stay on the glory-days shelf.

    Feb 3, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    David Fear

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The film meanders along this path for a long, slow while, a primitive soap opera dressed up as street poetry.

    Jan 27, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • The unfortunate effect is that of an invisible angel of death hooking Rocky's mouth with a fishing line and implacably reeling him in.

    Jan 20, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Even goodwill can't make this look like anything more than a glorified TV special. Surely it's time for the audience to throw in the towel?

    Jan 16, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rocky Balboa

After so many years and awful sequels, it is a wonderful surprise to see that this sixth Rocky movie is almost on par with the original one in terms of quality, since Stallone seems to have finally understood that what made that film so memorable was the human drama, not the punches.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

It wins largely due to nostalgia, but Rocky Balboa delivers almost the same amount of heart that the first film is known for, along with another amiable performance from Stallone.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

½

The final film of the series is one of the strongest in the entire franchise. Having much better dialogue, a much more educated story, and family bonds that have never been stronger. "Rocky Balboa" focusses on having so much stored up inside yourself through the years and having the strength and courage to let it all out. There is no suspense as to who will win, because that is not needed. We see Rocky and his son bond, we receive final lessons from Paulie, and by the end of the film you feel very relieved, and the film finished on a perfect note. The series is closed and I couldn't be happier.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

Stallone goes the distance in the final installment of this underdog saga. Rocky Balboa is simple, plain, boxing entertainment and drama with modern-day fight experiences that fully surpasses its past films (except 1 & 2). The film is a graceful presentation of past, present and future in the realms of boxing and life and does enough to save the franchise until the final bell. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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