Rocky Balboa (2006)



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

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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 (176) | Top Critics (42)

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

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 2, 2007
Time Out
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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?

Full Review… | January 15, 2007
Time Out
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When asked why he would step back into the ring, even though he's out of shape and in his late 50s, the Italian Stallion mumbles something about "the stuff... inside," which sums up the thin justification for Rocky Balboa.

December 28, 2006
AV Club
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What gives Rocky Balboa its unexpected pathos is the titanic humility of Stallone's performance, the earnestness with which he plays a man knocked down (but not out) by the ravages of time.

Full Review… | December 22, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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As usual with Stallone's Rocky sequels, the schmaltz is unbearable, but the fight is plausibly handled, and Stallone's sincere sadness at growing older makes this an unexpectedly satisfying conclusion to the series.

Full Review… | December 20, 2006
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Rocky Balboa

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

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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

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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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