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Rocky Balboa Reviews

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½ October 3, 2016
I loved this movie. Having recently marathon-ed the Rocky series and its many attempts to recapture the lightning in a bottle of the first, Rocky Balboa is finally able to bring it back to being character-driven, human drama. Talia Shire (not that she was THAT great an actor to begin with) and Carl Weathers are missed, but the returning duo of Stallone and Burt Young keep it feeling firmly like a Rocky film. Moreover, the inner city setting feels modern in the way it must have 40 years prior, with its dilapidated housing and increasingly diverse make up (something I very much praise this movie for). Perhaps the best thing about Rocky Balboa, though, is that it does something only the best of these films were able to - make the climactic boxing match feel like a fight for survival against impossible odds, in which your heart races waiting for Rocky to stop taking such a pounding to turn the tide and give it back to his opponent.

Plus, I could watch this scene every day: "It's not about how hard you can hit, it's about how hard you can GET hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That's how winnin' is done!"
½ September 9, 2016
Middle of the road Rocky film, slow start but comes together in the end.
September 7, 2016
Was alright, despite the premise being a little silly, Rocky Balboa wasn't cheesy like some of the previous Rocky movies. That said the film was rather bland overall. Nothing really interested me, not Rocky's motivation to fight again, not his antagonist in the ring, not Paulie or his kid and certainly not that woman and her son he befriends. The fight at the end might have been the poorest in the series as well, I felt none of the intensity of the previous ones, especially when compared to Rocky's two bouts against Apollo Creed.

Still though a disappointment, it is good enough that I was at least mildy interested so can give a positive rating, perhaps would be more fun for a true fan of the Rocky films.
½ September 6, 2016
It was sure nice to see another installment. Much improved over 5, better than 3, but far from 1,2, and 4.
September 6, 2016
Delivers a lot of what we already expect from the franchise, but pretty good overall
September 3, 2016
A much different style and tone than all of the other Rocky movies have. Too sappy and the emotional music was kind of lame. It was OK, but I still don't understand the idea or point of this film. Who wants to watch an old Rocky fight and not even win? (First and only viewing - In my mid-twenties)
September 1, 2016
And you thought it was all over? Nope. Rocky is back for the final and 6th film in the Rocky saga. Its been 16 years since we last saw Rocky in Rocky V (1990). Rocky's manager Mickey Goldmill died in Rocky III (1982), Apollo Creed died in Rocky IV (1985), and sadly we learn that Adrian also died from Cancer in 2002. Rocky has been retired for nearly 16 years and now runs his own restaurant a.k.a. Adrian's.

Rocky is still dealing with the death of his wife, and the current rift between him and his adult son Robert. Rocky spends his days running his restaurant and telling stories of his glory days.

There's still something inside of Rocky that's bothering him, that he just can't let go. In his late 50s, Rocky once again wants to get back inside the ring, but his son thinks he's crazy. Paulie is back and is behind rocky. After seeing a computer bout on ESPN between Rocky and current champion Mason "The Line" Dixon (real life boxer Antonio Tarver) many question what would happen if there was a real bout between Rocky and Dixon.

Rocky once again (with Robert finally behind him) gets back inside the ring in a exhibition match against Dixon, and in the end, it's not about winning, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep getting up, and how much you can take and get back up. In the end Rocky takes a lot, and still gets back up. Another wonderful film to end The Rocky saga. . . 30 years later.
July 30, 2016
An extremely charming sequel that completely re-hyped the franchise. Rocky Balboa deals with the loss of Adrian beautifully while also making the characters from the original films just as likeable and influential while adding a few new ones. We actually understand the opponents motivations for once as well as it isn't just money. Furthermore, it's great to watch Rocky kick arse one more time. Even if he is in his 50s.
Super Reviewer
July 18, 2016
Brilliant return to the ring as I was worried when I first heard about this but turns out i love it, Well acted by all the cast and Stallone looks pretty good for his age, The training montage and the fight were classic rocky but more realistic and worked very well, Our fears are pit aside as Rocky Balboa stands tall with the classics.
July 16, 2016
Lonely old man seeks to relive his past glory. A movie mostly tinged with sadness until the uplifting ending. The dialogue is surprisingly snappy, and for better or worse, filled with a lot of lines that seem written to be quoted by social media types who requotes positive messages.
July 9, 2016
Another great chapter in the story of Rocky's life. I wasn't too into his opponent this time around and I wish I cared about the final fight more, but it was still enjoyable.

Watching this movie really made me appreciate the others more. We really got a wonderful series spanning an entire lifetime. 4/5
½ June 15, 2016
To revisit a franchise about a decade later is tricky to do, especially to do it well. This one hits all the right chords. It's melancholic throughout as it relates to the passage of time and the acceptance of getting older. Although there's an incredulity to the storyline set up, invested franchise viewers (like me) are sucked into it. There are two standout scenes -Rocky's speech in front of the boxing commission, as well as his impassioned speech to his son. Both are well acted and scripted. There's a comfort to be found in the consistency Stallone has maintained in his central character, Rocky. Stallone has also written one of the most beautiful marriages I've seen in the movies. I mentally balled my eyes out for a good chunk of this sentimental movie.
½ June 14, 2016
Nice film to end the rocky films. Great story and a lot of throw backs to the first rocky film
June 12, 2016
A nice rebound from Rocky V. Like the newer generation influences and the underlying plotline.
June 8, 2016
i love the training scenes from old rocky. age aint nothing but a number. never die easy
June 5, 2016
Sixteen years after the franchise completely petered out (and twenty one since he fought in a ring) Sylvester Stallone came back with one last film to properly close out the series, and leave us with a far more satisfying resolution for the character. The film opens with Adrian having passed away and Rocky now spending most of his time visiting her grave with Paulie, running a restaurant he opened in her name, and visiting his old stomping grounds; still living in the past. After a computer-generated fight pits Balboa against the current heavyweight champ, Mason Dixon, and Rocky comes out on top, he gets inspired to return to the ring, accepting a charity bout against Dixon and immediately proceeds to get back into fighting shape. First of all, Stallone is fantastic as always; writing, directing, and portraying the iconic character with ease, but also recognizes his age and pokes fun at it throughout because he knows the audience is thinking the same thing. Many people wrote this movie off simply because they couldn't believe that sixty year-old, Stallone could still deliver, but once you see that training montage, you'll never doubt him again. The film primarily focuses on Rocky getting prepared for the fight, but a key subplot involves his son, now played by Milo Ventimiglia, who is constantly living in the shadow of his much-respected father and it adds some great depth to the film. Rocky's opponent, Mason Dixon is in my opinion, one of the weaker "villains" of the series as he's far more low-key and has almost no personality, which is more believable, but I can't deny that I missed the over-the-top antagonists from the other films. One positive to Dixon being played by a real heavyweight champion is that during the climactic fight, Stallone wanted it to be as real as possible and thus; both men are really hitting each other and for that reason, it's one of the best fights in the entire series. Without spoiling the ending, it definitively wraps up the Rocky story-line in a satisfying way and leaves you with a smile on your face knowing you've seen one of the best comeback movies of all time and the character has been given a proper conclusion.
½ June 3, 2016
Sylvester Stallone once again goes the distance and make this an emotional but a fitting end to one of the greatest film franchises of all time. It also really makes up for the last two installments of the film series aswell.
½ May 1, 2016
Some incredible moments and a terrific exploration of growing older. That said, it always felt like there was something big missing here...and if you watch the deleted scenes you will see why. There is an overall softening to the narrative.
April 24, 2016
Hay que reconocer que volver a una saga después de tanto tiempo y entregar algo que esté a la altura es digno de elogio. Y lo cierto es que conseguir una sexta entrega tan buena es algo que nunca he visto en una saga cinematográfica (salvo contando quizás, Bond).

Una vez más nos encontramos con temas interesantes, algunos ya tratados en entregas anteriores, otros nuevos debido a la edad del personaje.

Lo malo es que el rival de Rocky, pese a que se le intenta dar un transfondo interesante y que hace de contrapartida al de Balboa, se me antoja simple y carente de carisma. Puede que sea problema del guión, o puede que sea problema de la interpretacion del actor, pero lo cierto es que mancha lo que por otro lado es una buena película.
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