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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I know, I know, you're thinking, oh please, not Rocky again. I was thinking that too.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Rocky Balboa Quotes
|Rocky Balboa:||It ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.|
|Mason "The Line" Dixon:||It's already over.|
|Rocky Balboa:||Nothing's over 'til it's over.|
|Duke:||(Addressing Rocky) What we need is speed.......you don't have any.|
|Duke:||[addressing Rocky] What we need is speed... you don't have any.|
|Rocky Balboa:||It ain't about how hard you hit, it's about how you can get hit and keep moving forward.|