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Rocky II Reviews

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March 29, 2016
Love yuh Rocky! This is where he takes the title sorry Apollo!
March 27, 2016
Though not at the level of its predecessor, it fleshes out fascinating elements of the first film, and is paired with excellent boxing sequences. Fans of the first film will enjoy this film.
½ March 25, 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.
March 19, 2016
Great movie. This shows what Stallone can do in films
March 8, 2016
Super Reviewer
March 2, 2016
More of a coda to Rocky than sparring partner of equal standing, part II nonetheless keeps viewers vested in the continuing saga of the Italian Stallion by deepening the character and then bloodying him up. Taking place immediately after the events of the franchise champ, this chapter asks a lot of the audience, namely cheering for the same fighter in pretty much the same fight with the same opponent even though our titular hero's previous loss defined the character perfectly. Sure, you don't have to win to be a champion, but it's to this powerful sequel's credit that you root for the underdog all over again. Plus, the climactic battle royale makes for some of the most compelling fight scenes ever committed to film.

In this PG-rated sports drama, Rocky struggles with family life after his bout with Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), while the embarrassed champ insistently goads him to accept a challenge for a rematch.

At this juncture, Stallone runs the risk of making a sophomore slump and lessening the emotional blows landed by the first chapter. By giving more screen time to the wonderful Talia Shire as Adrian, he actually develops the title character even more. Their romance is palpable, as is the hard-hitting re-match. Stallone might have taken over directing duties from John G. Avildsen, but he exhibits a confidence that makes the transition seem seamless and even one-ups the intensity on the canvas.

Bottom line: Much Punch-Drunk Love
½ February 18, 2016
There was not much fighting, but it caught my eye when the final fight started.
½ February 4, 2016
Rocky 2 felt like 2 different movies. The first half is a love story between Rocky and his new wife Adrian and their journey to being parents. Once the kid is born, the movie switches focus to Rocky vs Creed round 2. The fight and training is enjoyable even if most of the punches are incredibly fake.
January 28, 2016
A bit slow in places but a good ending.
January 20, 2016
It doesn't hit every mark the first film does, but it brings back Rocky, proves to be a interesting story, and a exciting climax. Same great characters. It may be bit of a retreat, and ignores the deeper meaning of the first film, but it's good on its own right.
January 18, 2016
Haven't we been here before? Yes the 2nd film isn't too dissimilar to the first but can you blame them for using the same winning formula that did so well in the original? Make no mistakes, this is still a good follow up. This time we see Stallone's lovable and dimwitted boxer back where he started and struggling for money. He tries alternatives to make money other than boxing but these don't pay off. After being goaded by Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) he comes out of the shadow and walks back into the ring.

Another charming performance from Stallone and the supporting cast that provides the same feel good feeling as the first film. All in all, a good sequel that still manages to deliver a knockout blow.
½ January 17, 2016
Better, but still boring.
January 9, 2016
The second installment of the rocky series is not as good as the first movie but has the heart the first did
January 8, 2016
Rocky 2 sort of plays out like an extended third act of the first film. It has all it needs character-wise (Rocky getting married, the pregnancy, bearing with the post-fight fame, Creed's taste for revenge, etc.). It's definitely passable as one of the better Rocky films with the fight that everyone wants settled conclusively.
½ January 5, 2016
Pretty much a direct continuation of the first movie with slightly better angles since introducing characters in the original Rocky.
½ January 5, 2016
Rocky II was the response from Stallone to give the fans what they want. With the cliched ending all heroes get. It's still an incredible film to see. Showing a side of Rocky we only saw a little bit in the original. However, this film does mark the birth of Rocky Jr. and the marriage of Rocky and Adrien. Definately a must-see.
January 3, 2016
A solid followup even if you can see the outcome a mile away. The script is believable and the characters are still lovable. Not five stars like the original but not far behind.
½ January 2, 2016
"Rocky II" picks up with a recap of the first fight and answers the question of "What happens next?" The plot is well conceived as Rocky retires from boxing and must find work to support his family. This is contrasted by Apollo Creed, who struggles with the naysayers who believe that Rocky should have been awarded the split decision. In true Rocky fashion, The Italian Stallion must come out of retirement to make some money and defend his family's honor when Creed launches a personal attack. I am good with all of this (even the overemphasis on Rocky's lack of education) and glad that there is some action in the first half of the film, but the whole coma thing is way overdramatic. I've come to expect some cheesiness from this series but that was really unnecessary. Still, it is hard to fault a film that has twice as many training montages, a better climactic fight, and an ending that will have you choked up. In fact, the ending of this film is my favorite moment of the entire series. Carl Weathers steals the show just like he did in the original. His character transforms throughout the film and manages to make us love him and hate him at the same time. When you combine his performance with the empathy that we develop for Stallone, there is a lot on the line in the final boxing match. The boxing sequence is just incredible and it is impossible to tell whether they are acting or actually making contact. "Rocky II" is very similar to the rest of the series: It has a few slow points but the final showdown is so amazing that nothing else matters.
½ January 2, 2016
Whilst Stallone is still a talented writer and actor, he seems distracted by the additional task of directing, resulting in an uneven movie that simultaneously coasts, soars and plummets.
December 31, 2015
Put your hands up Rock.
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