Rocky Balboa Reviews

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October 18, 2008
I know, I know, you're thinking, oh please, not Rocky again. I was thinking that too.
March 24, 2007
February 23, 2007
Stallone wanted this movie to restore dignity to his greatest character. He succeeds, better then anyone might have expected.
February 3, 2007
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.
January 27, 2007
The film meanders along this path for a long, slow while, a primitive soap opera dressed up as street poetry.
January 20, 2007
The unfortunate effect is that of an invisible angel of death hooking Rocky's mouth with a fishing line and implacably reeling him in.
January 16, 2007
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?
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.
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.
December 20, 2006
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.
December 20, 2006
We're only one round into the film and Stallone is already slipping in the old flashbacks.
December 20, 2006
Touchingly nostalgic, the sixth chapter in the saga of Sylvester Stallone's eternal underdog packs a far more powerful punch than anyone would have expected.
December 20, 2006
A sequel that is at once preposterous, unnecessary and weirdly entertaining.
December 20, 2006
Rocky Balboa scores a split decision: A familiar start, some flat-footed middle rounds and a solid, flailing finish.
December 20, 2006
The first four-fifths of the film is a meandering lead-up to the inevitable getting-in-shape montage, run up the steps and a big fight. Up until that point, all Rocky does is talk. And talk. And talk.
December 20, 2006
Nothing that happens here is particularly touching, exciting or funny.
December 20, 2006
Stallone has said this is it for Rocky -- even if the film is major box office hit, there will be no seventh outing. If that's the case, it's hard to think of a better sendoff.
December 20, 2006
It's just good to see the guy, and it's good to revisit the character. And that's everything good to be said for the experience.
December 20, 2006
Ultimately, is Rocky Balboa necessary? Of course not. But neither are plenty of other movies that find their way to theaters, and this one at least provides some undemanding entertainment.
December 20, 2006
Shamelessly nostalgic, strenuously formulaic and utterly bereft of unforeseen developments, Rocky Balboa nevertheless has its modest charms.
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