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Rocky II Reviews

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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.
December 24, 2015
A good sequel, but not as good as the previous movie. It was not entertaining and the plot was good, but dragged out a little. The cast was great and the movie was very dramatic overall.
December 24, 2015
The rematch. This fight makes 'The Thriller in Manilla' look like a catfish with two toothless simpletons on the Jeremy Kyle Show. Emotional stuff. That scene with the chase up the steps of the museum of art in Philadelphia goes up a notch.
½ December 23, 2015
Bigger, bolder and better than the first Rocky. This film raises the stakes as the fight between Balboa and Creed becomes much more as personal than before. The story is magnificently told and Stallone is fantastic! This film delves even deeper into Rocky and makes you care for him even more. Sometimes the pacing is a little of and some of the emotional weight that some scenes should carry aren't as affecting as they should be. However the sequence with the theme tune is even better than the first!
½ December 22, 2015
Although cheesy, absurd, predictable, emotionally-manipulative, and completely lacking the grit of it's predecessor, "Rocky II" is still a gripping sports drama with a surprising amount of depth.
December 17, 2015
Not sure if this is the consensus, but I actually think I liked this sequel better than the original.

Grade: A
December 15, 2015
December 14, 2015
"Rocky II" is one of those sequels that is just as good as the original, if not better in some aspects. I can't say it's better than the original because you can't have the second film without the first one. Meaning that this film does not stand on it's own, you need the first film to understand the characters and back-stories of everything in this film. But all in all, I think "Rocky II" is slightly more enjoyable than the original "Rocky".
December 13, 2015
A fantastic sequel, pushing the narrative and commentary forward. Only small poor choices in a tremendously strong feature.
December 13, 2015
Final fight is great
½ December 11, 2015
Felt like a complete rehashing of the first film-down to the same exact fight with the same exact guy as the first film- but with less motivation, less emotion and heavy-handed writing.
The first movie felt more sensitive and subtle, focusing on Rocky's sweetness in juxtaposition to his physical strength. While the world is shown to view Rocky only through his weaknesses, by the end of the film you realize that these supposed 'weaknesses' (his honesty, his sweetness, his social awkwardness, his inarticulateness) are not only actually strengths, but they're also his virtues.
In comparison, Rocky II feels like the discarded alternative script for the initial movie- as if they wrote it, realized it wasn't clicking and then decided to rewrite it to the Rocky script we know and love. In this movie, Rocky now suddenly has sarcastic one liners and a sort of knowing-wink self-awareness that he originally lacked (in stark contrast to those around him!). They turn Adrian into a flat plot device just to hammer home some drama in case you were bored by Rocky's real-world issues of being unable to get a job and/or his lack of interest in fame and glory in comparison to his domestic satisfaction.
But Rocky was never in it for the glory, he just wanted to be taken seriously by his peers. Now that he achieved that after the first film, why not just focus more on his contentment with his newfound self confidence? Or, focus on the unjustness of his real-world issues of not being able to get a job because, despite his boxing achievements, he's still viewed as somehow lesser than the rest of the world. In there lies the more compelling movie- a movie about how those with disabilities and/or lower IQs are unfairly maligned in society. Unfortunately, while Rocky II definitely touches upon this theme, the movie choose the shallow way out by focusing on more contrived plot choices about fame, glory and the sport of boxing, therefore losing what made the original character so compelling.
Even the camerawork was bland this time around. PLUS they removed the wah-wah pedal from the theme song therefore de-70s-ing it aka bland-ifying it!!! (This is the worst part!)
I did enjoy Apollo's plot this time around, I almost wish they had spent more time on him. But the reason Apollo is so great in Rocky II is because they actually deepen your understanding of his character!
Look, in general this wasn't a -bad- film but in comparison to the first it's such a cop-out. If I had just seen this without seeing the first film I might have even thought it was fresh. But as a sequel it adds nothing to the series, and I'd argue it actually takes away from it by adding nothing to the characters/tweaking with them to make them more broadly 'digestible.' If this was television, it would have been a good follow up episode, but as a movie it fell flat for me.
December 8, 2015
The first half is simply too much; its drug out and the dialogue never hits the caliber of the first film, but it picks up during the training and the improved final fight between Creed and Balboa.
December 8, 2015
The original Rocky was never supposed to be a huge film, it was never supposed to garner as much attention and praise as it received and it surely was never meant to win any Oscars, let alone Best Picture, but guess what ? It did. Just like the underdog title character of the film, the movie itself was an underdog that came out of nowhere and shot straight to the top of cinema. In seeing a recent documentary about the franchise with the release of "Creed" hitting theatres any day now Stallone said he never thought there would be a chance to do a sequel, but if there was the slight chance of it, he had the idea already in place for the story. One huge plotline in the original Rocky that a lot of people don't know, or don't realize is, Rocky doesn't win in the original movie. He takes Apollo Creed the distance, but loses in a decision. One of the common mistakes people who never seen the movie or never paid attention to the movie make when discussing it. So this time Rocky gets his rematch against the champion. It has the pretty basic premise that the first one did, but once the again the story and the actors shine throughout the film. I would say this is the last Rocky film in the franchise that would be considered really good filmmaking. Between the acting and the story this movie delivers once again.
December 3, 2015
Sylvester Stallone dirigiu, roteirizou e estrelou Rocky II, uma das sequências mais aguardadas da década de 70, e apesar de sua arrecadação menor do que o original, ainda faturou ótimas cifras nas bilheterias, tanto nos EUA como no mundo sendo bem aceito pela critica da época. Após penar bastante no primeiro filme, Rocky agora casado com Adrian (Talia Shire), tem a difícil missão de sustentar sua família. Stallone tenta reconta uma historia de sucesso sem por tudo a perder, o enredo mostra cenas penosas de Rocky, mostradas com exaustão durante mais de 1 hora de filme, sofrendo para arrumar emprego, além das dificuldades que encontra em um frigorífico, problemas financeiros em casa e fora dela, servem de catalisador para o grande clímax. A única solução seria voltar as lutas, aproveitando a oportunidade de uma revanche proposta por Apollo. O final é obvio e sem surpresas, e não salva a narrativa arrastada e melancólica.
December 3, 2015
It's really hard NOT to enjoy the Rocky films and much like the first film, the sequel is full of heart and a heart-pounding, tear-jerking final 30 minutes.
December 3, 2015
Starts great, ends great, everything in between drags. Should have been great, and for the final 20-30 minutes, it is great, but it is also hindered by a dull middle section.
½ December 1, 2015
For a film that spawned a box office winning franchise, I have to say I don't think Rocky really needed a sequel. It was a film about an everyman who finally got his chance and maybe didn't win but went the distance. It was simple, it was charming, and it did a good job. Here's Rocky II, which really doesn't do much new in that territory. After going the distance Rocky becomes a minor celebrity, but the money he made fighting the champ gets spent fast (the film is really accurate when it comes to people who have little money suddenly coming into some, they don't know how to handle it responsibly), and after failing to handle TV commercials, unable to hold down a job, Rocky starts to realize that maybe retiring from fighting wasn't a good idea...and then Apollo Creed keeps pressing. Weathers does a good job of showing how affected Creed was by Rocky going the distance. Sadly though, Rocky II just can't compete. The first film was great, but this sequel is just more of the same, after some melodrama between Rocky, Adrian and their newborn son...we get a new training montage and yet another big climactic fight between Balboa and Creed, the only difference being Rocky wins this time. For Rocky fans it is bound to be enjoyable, but the film just isn't anything special.
November 28, 2015
Still implausible as ever. But Sylvester Stallone is impossible not to root and cheer for.
November 25, 2015
A solid follow up with strong moments, even if it has to relay on retelling the original.
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