Rocky II


Rocky II (1979)



Critic Consensus: Rocky II is a movie that dares you to root again for the ultimate underdog -- and succeeds due to an infectiously powerful climax.


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After scoring a personal victory (though a physical defeat) in his "Cinderella" bout with Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) has gone to seed. In this sequel, he allows his celebrity to go to his head and loses the respect of friends and family--not to mention all his money. Against the wishes of his wife "Yo, Adrian" (Talia Shire), Rocky decides upon one more fight to get back on his financial feet. Thus the stage is set for a rematch with Apollo Creed.Like its predecessor, Rocky II made a fortune at the box office.

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Sylvester Stallone
as Rocky Balboa
Talia Shire
as Adrian Pennino
Burt Young
as Paulie Pennino
Carl Weathers
as Apollo Creed
Burgess Meredith
as Mickey Goldmill
Tony Burton
as Tony "Duke" Evers
Joe Spinell
as Tony Gazzo
Sylvia Meals
as Mary Anne Creed
Frank McRae
as Meat Foreman
Al Silvani
as Cut Man
Stu Nahan
as Announcer
Bill Baldwin
as Commentator
Jerry Ziesmer
as Salesman
Paul Micale
as Father Carmine
Earl Montgomery Jr.
as Employment Manager #1
Herb Nanas
as Employment Manager #2
Frank Stallone
as Singer #1
Doug Flor
as Singer #3
Robert Kondyra
as Singer #4
James Zazzarino
as Singer #5
Eddie Lopez
as Fighter #1
Taurean Blacque
as Lawyer #1
James J. Casino
as Chink's Manager
Samuel Davis
as Apollo's Bodyguard
Ruth Ann Flynn
as Jewelry Sales Lady
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Critic Reviews for Rocky II

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (4)

Stallone and producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff know from experience audiences love to root for the underdog and have concocted an irresistible final 30 minutes.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Sylvester Stallone's follow-up to his runaway success of 1976 is a little more threadbare in spots than the original, but it still has some conviction and spunk.

Dec 19, 2006 | Full Review…

Stallone's performance as a Philadelphia saint in a B movie physique leaves you undecided whether to gag or sob, but the final fight sequences make up for it; a full-blooded Hollywood finale reaching giddy heights of cathartic glee.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Rocky II has a waxy feeling, and it never comes to life the way its predecessor did.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5

Feels like the most forgettable film of the lot.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

By the punishing heft of the big fight, there is the clear hint that the series will soon plunge into an unpalatable patriotic fervour. For now, though, with its leathery texture of working class Philly-life it felt enough like reality.

May 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rocky II

Yes, Sylvester Stallone, you really did it, and this exciting and surprisingly moving sequel - written, directed and acted by him, no less - is an impressive follow-up and definite proof that the success of that fantastic first film was a lot more than just beginner's luck.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


All this film really does is build stronger characters and a much better story to follow. As Rocky and Adrian get married, buy a house and attempt to have a kid, Rocky is faced with job gains and losses all over town. Wanting something more with his life, he realizes that his true calling is still back in the boxing ring. More than anything, this film serves as a very strong redemption film, and in the end, I almost had tears in my eyes at how effective they make it out to be. Stallone again, puts his all into this character, and although some of the other actors feels a little unmotivated (mainly the character of Adrian), the film is still great overall. The filmmaking and script is overall better in the first film, but this serves as a great sequel! The "champ" is back!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


One of the best sequels ever and maybe more powerful that the first Rocky .

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Sylvester Stallone is a knockout punch in front and behind the camera as he directs the sequel to his Oscar-winning-hay-maker. Rocky II is somewhat predictable in its story but is held up by it's glorifying humility and visual presentation. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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