Rocky IV - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Rocky IV Reviews

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Top Critic
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
May 13, 2015
[Stallone] creates credible villains worthy of his heroic character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2015
The new film's narrative is stripped down to essentials, which gives it an emblematic quality.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 7, 2010
Whatever charm and grit there was in the first film is gone, replaced with a glossed up, over the top form of 1980's action melodrama, which is thick on the cheese and even thicker on the montages. And this critic loved every minute of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 6, 2006
...suffers from a vibe of superfluousness...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
March 24, 2006
The film's only major disappointment is a lack of screen-time for a pre-Foofy Foofy Brigitte Nielsen
Michael Dequina
January 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 24, 2004
Fourth in series has lost most of punch
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 22, 2004
Proves once again that all the world loves an underdog.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 7, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
July 17, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 4, 2003
I know it's awful, but I can't look away!
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Erik Childress
September 19, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
September 18, 2002
More action, and less plot let's makes Rocky's latest bout entertaining, but far from groundbreaking.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
If you ask me, it's mostly about 1985, a time when you could fill 90 minutes with nothing but machismo, excitement and montage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 2, 2002
Fist-pumping, heart-jumping, chest-thumping fun.
| Original Score: 5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
| Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
While this derivative and shallow sequel might weaken the credibility of the series, there's no denying the satisfaction of watching a fight of such seemingly impossible odds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Bailey
April 30, 2016
'Rocky IV' still stands, not as a highlight of the series (certainly not that) but as a quintessential artifact of mid-'80s studio filmmaking: soulless, flag-waving, soundtrack-blasting Product.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 13, 2015
Padded with clips from earlier Rocky pictures, adding nothing to his mythic, let alone human dimensions, it lacks even the primitive suspense and crude capacity to release underdog emotions that permitted its predecessors to conquer one's better judgment.
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2015
This is grim and witless storytelling, and what makes it so depressing is that it hasn't improved by so much as a chemical trace since the days of the first Rocky.
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