Rocky II Reviews

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July 17, 2019
Rocky II contains the flaws of the original: simplistic characterizations, saccharine romance, a tendency to cuteness. But it also fills the heart and quickens the pulse.
July 14, 2019
Although Rocky II builds itself around a rematch between Rocky and Apollo, the movie is anything but a lazy sequel.
February 4, 2019
Rocky II plays like exactly what it is: a "greatest hits" version of the original, one that's tasked with moving the story forward while also re-playing a lot of the same beats that folks loved before.
May 30, 2018
By the punishing heft of the big fight, there is the clear hint that the series will soon plunge into an unpalatable patriotic fervour. For now, though, with its leathery texture of working class Philly-life it felt enough like reality.
December 15, 2010
Sly sequel is as predictable as a gym workout.
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.
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.
March 21, 2009
Pretty good sequel, among several that followed, this time directed by Stallone.
February 21, 2008
December 19, 2006
Considerably less satisfying than the original Rocky, but head and shoulders above the later installments.
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.
December 6, 2006
...can't help but come off as the most needless installment of the bunch...
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.
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.
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.
November 25, 2005
March 5, 2005
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.
September 9, 2003
The best of the sequels. Explores the aftermath of Rocky's success.
May 24, 2003
It's entertaining enough, but Stallone would have done well to retire Rocky after his second outing.
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