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Rocky V Reviews

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May 16, 2018
We do not talk about this one..
½ May 14, 2018
This is the Rocky film that pleased neither fans nor critics. It is a film filled with big ambitions but never does any of them justice. This is not a bad film and it is pretty watchable but it is the weakest Rocky film. The basic elements here would later be explored to better dramatic effect in both Rocky Balboa and Creed.

Sly got all the big hitters back for (at the time) Rocky's final film and even the director from the first movie returns.
The film makes so many mistakes and feels very hollow, that being said if the final fight happened in the ring and not the street i think the film would have been forgiven.
Apparently Rocky was supposed to die in the street after a street brawl but it was later changed due to the director. This gritty approach was an attempt to take the series back to it's roots while keeping it relevant with modern boxing (many a fighter has been left bankrupt after sticky fingered lawyers and promoters)
The film never captures the tone of the first 2 films and Stallone casting his own son was a big mistake. The kid is a terrible actor and the whole story-line of him and his son is poor. The ideas were there but this film is going through the motions and the cast are too.

The only highlights are from the ghost of Mickey...
April 12, 2018
not that bad actually
March 27, 2018
Please, just end the pain already!
½ February 24, 2018
Oh come on people how could you not like this movie. This is a good movie. The first 3 Rocky movies are not very good. This is better. Rocky IV is a better movie. But still this movie has great acting. It also has a great story line. See this movie it a great movie.
February 21, 2018
While attempting to recapture the original Rocky's greatness, this movie unfortunately fell flat on its face
February 13, 2018
live through your eyes..

Rocky V

It was better and more interesting episode of Balboa's life than the previous one, but it still doesn't make it good enough to invest in it. Rocky V is fast paced than the previous ones and seems to have material enough to run for around 100 minutes unlike its previous installments even though the content is predictable and familiar to the audience. Sylvester Stallone may not be able to attract the audience with its storyline but he surely puts enough gravitas on his character and also plays it with all the conviction to always let the audience ask for more of it and root for it and cheer for it. Rocky V is not nearly redefining it or justifying the originality and the purity of it but it is made for the fans and delivers enough action sequences and huge dramatic scene to capture their attention even though it still is poorly choreographed and repetitive.
½ February 11, 2018
Simply atrocious entry in the series. Rocky befriends a homeless dude and lets him move in after 3 minutes of conversation on the street corner concerning the bum's desire to become a pro boxer. After the derelict turns ingrate, Rocky beats him to a pulp in an alleyway as the losers in the neighborhood chant "Rocky! Rocky!", at the conclusion of which 'our hero' struts away while punching his fist into the air in 'victory'. Absolutely dumb and obviously unnecessary sequel. This formula is old, uninteresting, and should be retired..... just like Stallone.
January 27, 2018
Packs the weakest punch of the series. (Has an extra emotional impact now though.)
January 17, 2018
Tommy I didint hear no bell one more round
January 10, 2018
This is movie is a mistake.. don't even know why it exists.
December 31, 2017
i enjoyed rocky balboa finale in the 19s it was great
½ August 25, 2017
While the previous two were silly but entertaining, this movie is just plain embarrassing. with awful performances and an awful script, this movie fails in almost every aspect and lives nowhere near its predecessors.
August 13, 2017
Rocky V has a few good scenes, but it's mostly a bloated mess that doesn't know what point it's trying to make. Dissapointing.
½ July 2, 2017
Almost the worst of all of the Rocky's (Creed is the worst). So terrible that I can't describe it. Stallone ruined the franchise with this turd.
Super Reviewer
June 27, 2017
My least favorite Rocky but I'm a true fan of the series and I still love it, There's allot of silly mistakes that could of been easily corrected and the street fight at the end was ok but we was all hoping it was in the ring, It tries to go back to its roots by adding more drama but it doesn't really work, Too many down times but it's still pretty good and underrated.
June 16, 2017
A disappointing not-conclusion to the Rocky franchise, Sylvester Stallone's performance as the titular character is still oddly compelling but that can't save the film from the fact that it departs from its predecessors. It follows a generic plot where Rocky claims that he will always be there for his son but this is ironic as he neglects his son most of the time in favour of another dude up to the point where his son finally makes him realize his mistake. If this was a spin-off called "Tommy Gunn" or something like that, it would've been decent. But no, the filmmakers just decided to slap on "Rocky V" on that in an attempt to make money. In fact, the film resorts to street-fighting in the climax made worse with Sly's last-minute decision not to kill Rocky. At least, we get the 2006 movie and the 2015 sorta-spin-off Creed out of the bargain. The weakest of the Rocky movies to date. You know it's bad when the montage isn't even as compelling as those from the previous movies and the soundtrack not as hummable. Sorry, Elton.
May 16, 2017
The Rocky series comes full circle with the fifth installment. John G. Avildsen takes the directorial reigns fourteen years after the film that won him an Oscar. Sylvester Stallone once more does double duty, starring and writing the installment, the latter job letting him take Balboa back to the blue-collar roots of the character. Gone is the glitz and glamour of the past few films that felt so opposed to what Rocky stands for: in its place, an emotional tale of familial strife and aging as boxing truly takes its toll on Rocky. Rocky V should work, which makes it all the more baffling that it never does.

Avildsen and Stallone introduce all of these subplots that work in theory, but are either never given enough development to have any real impact, or get caught up in awkward, and all around not so great execution. Rocky's brain damage sustained from his fight with Ivan Dragon is glossed over much too quickly: asidr from a couple of migranes/flashbacks, the effects of it that are shown throughout the movie are watered down to Stallone hamming it up. The interactions between Rocky and his son (played by Stallone's real-life son Sage) start out fine enough but slowly become more and more awkward as Sage just simply isn't quite up to par with the material (or maybe vice versa). The most heavily dealt with side of the plot, involving Rocky taking up Mick's mantle by training a reckless young fighter (in another real-life parallel, played by actual boxer Tommy Morrison), makes for an interesting angle as a potential passing of the torch, but is too predictable to ever pack the punch a (seemingly) final franchise film deserves.

The franchise would go on to find its comeback some sixteen years later, but it's no surprise Rocky V served as the catalyst to the series hanging up the gloves. The film harps on the idea of boxing being 10% muscle and the rest heart, but that heart just isn't beating the same way it was in '76.
May 4, 2017
The fifth movie in the series still packs quite a punch. Very underrated among Rocky fans. I would only place it behind the first two. (First and only viewing - 1/11/2009)
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