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Rocky Balboa Reviews

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Jason Zingale
December 30, 2006
There's a poetic simplicity to this tale (which could be just as much about the has-been boxer looking for some much needed closure as it is about the has-been actor), and we can only hope that this time he really means it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
December 30, 2006
... despite some clunky melodramatics and questionable, MTV-esque editing barrages -- the film swings, stings, and sings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
December 30, 2006
There is such poignancy to Rocky Balboa, especially in his advanced years and having been returned to the place in life where we first met him, that the film maintains a genuine effectiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
December 30, 2006
It's not a knockout by any means, but it still packs a strong emotional wallop and is stylistically closer to the first film than it is to the others in the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
December 29, 2006
This might be the best Rocky movie since the first Rocky movie. But if that sounds like a rave, just think of all the others.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 28, 2006
Endearing and enduring, "Rocky Balboa" returns for an enjoyable sixth round.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 28, 2006
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.
| Original Score: C
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
December 27, 2006
If a room full of bitter old journalists can cheer and applaud a noon screening, then maybe Stallone knows a lot more about residual heart than us skeptics give him credit for.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
December 27, 2006
Returns to the series' character-driven origins and is subsequently the best film in the series since the 1976 original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
December 26, 2006
You've heard of the Rumble in the Jungle? This sequel is the Viagra-enhanced Fiasco in Nevada.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
December 26, 2006
The fight sequence is more tongue-in-cheek than glorification. That's fine, because Stallone and his cast earn enough points before the match to make Rocky VI a heartwarming winner.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
December 25, 2006
Rocky Balboa WORKS.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
December 23, 2006
The movie spends too much time in idle and not enough in overdrive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 23, 2006
Like a fictional counterpart to Michael Apted's Up documentaries, the Rocky films have provided us with a character bounded by mortality and susceptible to gravity. While the plots to the Rocky films jumped the shark early on, Rocky himself endured, older
| Original Score: 84/100
Jeff Otto
December 22, 2006
Rocky returns from the long layoff with an outing that may please the mainstream, but lets down fans of the franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Harvey S. Karten
December 22, 2006
Give Stallone credit for originality--turning a sports pic into a trip down memory lane.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
December 22, 2006
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.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
December 22, 2006
It's eminently watchable, and is a nice way to waste some time at a bargain matinee...I'm still dreading the next "Rambo."
| Original Score: 2.9/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 22, 2006
I sat down to Rocky Balboa expecting a disaster on the level of Rocky V or Rambo III, but instead I was treated to the season's most delightful surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
December 22, 2006
Could they actually make a convincing movie about a geriatric prize fighter? The answer, surprisingly, is yes
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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