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½ December 12, 2016
Making a sequel to a sports movie is hard. Finding a way to continue the story of the lead character(s) in a way that doesn't feel like it retreads the original too closely or has a predictable outcome is so important in keeping the film fresh for viewers. Making a sequel to perhaps the greatest sports movie ever should have been impossible. Rocky II, however, manages to stand alongside its predecessor well enough, even if it does sometimes fall into those aforementioned pitfalls of any sports sequel. What truly keeps this film afloat is the returning presence of Sylvester Stallone. Once again, Stallone shows his clear passion for this character he's written. Whether he's in the ring giving it all he's got physically or in a quieter character moment alongside Talia Shire or Burgess Meredith, Stallone completely embodies Balboa's sense of na´vetÚ about the harsh realities of life, especially those that come with his newfound fame and the increasing tensions from an opponent who is far from satisfied with his last-minute decision win. Stallone also inherits the director's chair from John G. Avildsen, but completely matches the same tone of the original that's needed for a nice underdog tale like this. There's no fancy camerawork, outside of another training montage set to Bill Conti's endlessly catchy "Gotta Fly Now," but this isn't a movie that needs a flashy sense of style. It's a movie about character, and in that regard, Stallone's trifecta of directing, writing, and acting makes this a worthy successor to the Best Picture winning film. This film itself deserves its own victory cry like the ever-famous one that concludes this tale: they did it.
November 26, 2016
Rocky 2 in my opinion is better than the first one. You learn more about creed and many more characters. Believe it or not this is a pretty emotional movie and it pays of so much.
November 3, 2016
Just as good as the first one!
October 15, 2016
Rocky II is probably the best sequel i've seen. It is very good. Rocky is injured after the first fight. Apollo wants to have a rematch with Rocky. Apollo thinks he was just lucky.But Rocky says he is done with boxing and does not want to fight him. He then marries Adrian and goes home. Rocky has a lot of money and goes and spends it on everything a new jacket, a house, and a car. Rocky then needs more money He then tries to get a job but nobody wants him. He tries to get a job trying to do commercials but Rocky can't read. So that doesn't work out. Rocky wants to fight again as well as micky but Adrian doesn't want him to. People are making fun of Rocky. When Adrian gets pregnant after she goes into a coma. Rocky waits for her to come back when she does they see the baby and Adrian wants Rocky to win. Rocky trains with to training montages. So the big fight is here Rocky and Apollo fight and Rocky is doing bad in the beginning. At the end both of them fall down and Rocky gets up and wins the heavyweight champion of the the world. At the end everyone was happy. This is a great movie. You have to watch it. 5 stars
½ September 25, 2016
Definitely a retread of the original, except with a looser plot structure, and a little lacking in the 'grit' department. What makes Rocky II work, for the most part, is another series of great performances from Stallone, Weathers, and Meredith, as well as a sweetly human love story angle that worked so well at anchoring the original. You just can't help but cheer when *spoilers* Balboa prevails, and that is a sign of good dramatic film making.
September 6, 2016
Classic. It's hard to say whether the first or the second was better.
September 1, 2016
Rocky is back in Rocky II (1979) and this time Apollo Creed wants a rematch, after the fact he defeated Rocky in Rocky (1976), but many critics stated he did win the match, but then again, he didn't. This gets to Creed and he challenges Balboa to a rematch.

Another wonderful film, and I think the fight scenes are better in this one then the original. With Rocky Jr. (Robert) being born, Adrian in a coma, Rocky has a lot on his mind, but with the strength from his Wife, and his determination, Rocky stuns the world once again.
½ August 8, 2016
How the hell do RT fans rate Rocky II better than Rocky?
½ July 24, 2016
It's actually a pretty good sequel. It doesn't live up to the original, but it gets pretty close. It continues the story in a somewhat believable way and I enjoyed watching it. The main thing about this movie that takes away from the experience is that it is super predictable. I knew how this movie was going to play out a few minutes in. There are some twists and turns but nothing that made me think there would be a different end result. It's a good sequel overall but it doesn't really have the same effect as the first. It's more or less the same type of movie but more predictable.
Super Reviewer
July 18, 2016
Solid sequel couldn't wish for it to be better, Well acted and a great fight at the end that will have you jumping out of your seat by the end, There's too many downtimes in the middle but the training montage after the main downtime was great and all is forgiven.
½ July 7, 2016
The first is phenomenal, and two Rocky tries to drink more clearly the source of its predecessor, all the two is like the one of this track (magnificent), photography, script, performances, etc. only the script that changes, but still shows more of the same, he suffers from the lack of novelty, but even so, if rocky one is fantastic,, Rocky 2 is very good.
½ July 5, 2016
It wasn't even close to the first film and it had some very slow parts, but it's a crucial installment to the series. It did have several amazing goosebump scenes though. 3.5/5
½ June 18, 2016
Rocky 2 may seem like a rehash at first, but with enough care for the protagonist to go through
½ June 12, 2016
Very solid follow up to the original.
June 9, 2016
Great film! I prefer this rocky to the first one! And the ended is done so well with the music etc. Look forward to watching the third one
½ June 6, 2016
This movie is less compelling than the first one since it spends most of its time outside of the ring. That said, it is a solid sequel with a decently fleshed out story.
½ June 5, 2016
Orson Welles once said that "If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story." Rocky is among the ten greatest films of all time, and it ended on a high note in every way possible, bringing every plot string to a conclusion or setting it on the upward trajectory that it lets us hope will set the tone for Rocky's life.

This sets an obvious problem for sequels, and Rocky II found out a messy formula to circumvent it. The next four Rocky movies can vary on the theme, but they all revolve around the use of "Diabolus ex Machina," or unlikely plot developments that serve to tear down the story and characters from the high of the previous film so they can be beat up a bit. After that they can be build right back up again for a final training montage and fist fight in time to end the film.

One of the strengths of the original Rocky film comes, surprisingly, from the low budget and rushed nature of the production, which very often forced the producers when confronted by a problem to find a solution that served the narrative, rather than throwing money at it. That's where bursts of genius like the empty ice skating rink scene come from, and what the 7 million dollar budget of Rocky II rendered obsolete.

After all that, however, it concludes in a brilliantly choreographed and photographed final battle that redeems the wi
June 1, 2016
After the massive success of the first film, Sly and the cast all return for the sequel that follows the re-match between Apollo and Rocky and feels like the logical continuation of the story. Rocky 2 is in my opinion, a true sequel, in that it picks up right after the events of the first film and actually takes our characters to different places as their lives have now been changed from the previous events. Not being used to wealth and fame, Rocky becomes addicted to a lavish lifestyle that he can't control and before he knows what hit him, he's been taken advantage of and has to go back to working at the gym as he's lost everything. Rocky's character is very selfish in this film and his arrogance comes to a head when his pregnant wife, Adrian, is forced to go back to work to support their losses and ultimately collapses into a coma due to the strain. This dramatic punch hits you like a sledgehammer and the stakes of the film are forever raised. From here, Rocky has to come out of his proclaimed retirement and get back in shape for the rematch; problem is he's suffered a blinding injury to his eye and Mickey refuses to train him. This is the first film in the franchise that Stallone also directed and you can feel his passion for the story as he knows the character better than anyone and deserves to helm the franchise. This film is a terrific companion-piece to the original classic and it adds new layers to the characters that some sequels wouldn't consider tackling; it falls into the formulaic tropes of the underdog sports film by the end, but the journey getting there is completely earned!
½ May 25, 2016
I didn't hide the fact that I was a bit disappointed with the first Rocky film. It won Best Picture, but I wasn't terribly impressed. I wanted goosebumps, but didn't really get any as the film climaxed. So needless to say, I was far from thrilled about facing SIX MORE installments of this thing. But I figured, datedness--which plagued the introductory chapter so much--will eventually stop being a factor as the movies become newer.

And rightly so, Rocky II is better than Rocky I. There's conflict. There's struggle. There's adversity. And everything that happens--every plot point--is well-deserved this time.

However, Rocky II isn't a perfect movie by any means. Much of the first act is disjointed, but sets up everything that follows well. Picking up right where we leave off in the first film, Rocky is fresh off his fight with Apollo Creed. And although Apollo technically won by decision, the champ is facing scrutiny from the public saying the fight was rigged or that he shouldn't have won.

Rocky, on the other hand, has moved on. Or at least it seems that way. He and Adrian get married and start their lives together. But Creed is taunting Rocky to get back into the ring again for a rematch.

Not that Rocky wasn't already an affable character, but here, we learn more about him, which makes him even more likable.

In this one, the themes are also much more interesting. Much of this film is about Rocky becoming famous and recognizable--automatically bringing more meaning to the first film--but then also shows how easily the public forgets about him and what he accomplished.

One of the great scenes is when he tries to read the lines for a commercial he's doing, but can't get any of them correct. Stallone just plays dumb so well.

Unlike the first, Rocky actually has his back up against the wall. He's being laughed at by his peers, and his relationship with Adrian actually has some issues. It's nowhere near as easy this time around for Rocky. And by now, we know the characters well enough to appreciate it all. After watching this one, I finally got goosebumps--along with a few tears.

Twizard Rating: 92
May 3, 2016
Rocky II (1979) ???
Successful (if slightly silly) sequel continues with Stallone struggling with his family and challenged for a rematch against Apollo. Basically a rehash of the first movie, but done with real charm and panache.
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