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Rocky IV Reviews

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Top Critic
Chris Peachment
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Film reduced to the barest of three acts.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 13, 2015
The outcome of the film is predetermined by the formulaic scripts of Rocky II and Rocky III. Stallone boxed himself into a corner with this one.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 23, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Even Sylvester Stallone seems to be getting tired of the series; as the writer and director, as well as the star, he puts himself through the same old paces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 8, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
May 13, 2015
Though it's impossible not to get caught up in our hero's Russian training programme, or to root for his climactic victory, the mawkish montages accompanied by blaring music are no substitute for plot shading.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 17, 2003
A camp classic, funny for all the wrong reasons.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Variety Staff
March 11, 2008
Sylvester Stallone is really sloughing it off shamelessly in Rocky IV, but it's still impossible not to root for old Rocky Balboa to get up off the canvas and whup that bully one more time.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
November 12, 2004
| Original Score: 0/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
December 17, 2002
Should have stopped at three. Four, no more.
| Original Score: 1/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 10, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
September 21, 2003
Cold War metaphors delivered with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer dampens the storytelling.
| Original Score: 1/5
Peter Travers
People Magazine
May 13, 2015
His vacuous post-bout speech indicates why boxers with 75 professional bouts are rarely called upon as public speakers.
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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.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Chuck O'Leary
February 18, 2006
Predictable and corny. When the Soviet fans as well as the Soviet government officials stand up and cheer Rocky at the end, you can't help but roll your eyes in disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 30, 2004
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Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014
There are simply too many ludicrous elements to ignore: Paulie's robot; Brigitte Nielsen, even less expressive than the robot; about a thousand music-video-styled montages; Lundgren's delivery of Drago's deadly dialogue; etc.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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