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Rocky II Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014
Although Rocky II builds itself around a rematch between Rocky and Apollo, the movie is anything but a lazy sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Sly sequel is as predictable as a gym workout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 7, 2010
Taking what John G. Avildsen accomplished with the first film and then adding his own style, Stallone comes forward as an action visionary, with the fight scene a vast improvement when compared to the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
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.
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 21, 2009
Pretty good sequel, among several that followed, this time directed by Stallone.
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
December 19, 2006
Considerably less satisfying than the original Rocky, but head and shoulders above the later installments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 19, 2006
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 6, 2006
...can't help but come off as the most needless installment of the bunch...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 1, 2006
"Rocky II" represents far more than just a good-looking fight. It's all about trusting in yourself and overcoming fear in striving for greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
February 18, 2006
A very good sequel even though the result of the climactic Balboa vs. Creed rematch is pretty much a foregone conclusion. This is where the series should have ended.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Rocky II has a waxy feeling, and it never comes to life the way its predecessor did.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 27, 2004
Rocky II is carried on the strong shoulders of Sylvester Stallone who puts in a stellar performance as a loving husband and a good friend.
Fred Topel
About.com
September 9, 2003
The best of the sequels. Explores the aftermath of Rocky's success.
| Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
It's entertaining enough, but Stallone would have done well to retire Rocky after his second outing.
April 17, 2001
While cruder than the first film, Rocky II successfully drives its hero back to the underdog status needed to make the final fight as exciting and satisfying as it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 21, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
December 6, 2007
| Original Score: 2/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
November 25, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 25, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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