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Rocky II Reviews

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April 6, 2017
(First and only viewing - 7/20/2008)
March 22, 2017
Very good, the first one is better, but this one was still very good.
February 28, 2017
Rocky II may occasionally feel like a rehash of its predecessor but Sylvester Stallone once again shines in the role of the title character, the final act is exciting as you're left wanting Rocky to win and the movie sends out a powerful, moving message. To cut a long story short, the film may not live up to the first film but Stallone's performance and direction make Rocky II a winner in its own right.
½ February 20, 2017
February 18, 2017
Brilliant story. And goose bump ending
February 11, 2017
Great like the First Rocky , for me ...i wish i've had seen more boxing , then only the Final 8 minutes . But the story was entertaining to ...his love for Adrian , Coach and So ... SOMDVD
February 7, 2017
This second Rocky film isn't as good as the first (which isn't uncommon for sequels). But if you really liked the first one you might enjoy this one too.
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
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