Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa

It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the cream of the fight, it’s 70s underdog icon Rocky Balboa - in Sylvester Stallone’s epic hexology. Fans were disappointed with Rocky 5, he went bankrupt and back to square one, as well as not actually being able to fight because of brain damage (he’s a trainer in that one). But in Rocky Balboa, the over the hill boxer from South Philly shrugs off such trivial ailments and decides to return to the ring to fight current champion Mason 'The Line' Dixon (played by real life boxer Antonio Tarver).

Plagued by failures in his later life and self-doubt about his old body, Rocky gets down to business with training – desperate to burn out and not fade away.

2006Rating: M, contains medium level violence102 minsUSA
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Rocky Balboa / Reviews

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Defies all expectations with a low-key, technically stripped-down production that really does come close to capturing the heart and soul of the original...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Anyone who appreciates Sylvester Stallone or enjoys the "Rocky" movies will find moments to enjoy in Rocky Balboa and will leave the theater reasonably satisfied. It's just good to see the guy, and it's good to revisit the character. And that's everything good to be said for the experience...

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LA Weekly

LA Weekly

What gives Rocky Balboa its unexpected pathos is the titanic humility of Stallone's performance, the earnestness with which he plays a man knocked down (but not out) by the ravages of time...

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Film Threat

Film Threat

The acting in the film is grade-A, with Stallone bringing the more mumbled Rocky from the first film spliced with some rousing inspirational monologues when the moment is right (not forced, not preachy… just perfect)...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

If you hear the Rocky theme and think '118 118', you might wonder what all the fuss is about. For the rest of us, this is a reminder of why we fell in love with the character in the first place...

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

The result is a lot better than we'd dared hoped. Although not messing with the patented Rocky formula (human drama, bad jokes, training montage and big fight), writer-director Stallone has clearly learned the lessons from Rocky V by placing a greater emphasis on character...

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BBC

BBC

Stallone, we should admit, is not a bad director. Rocky, on the other hand, is a terrible boxer, but he just won't go down. This, finally, seems to be the masochistic moral behind the whole franchise: forget talent, it says. Forget youth and money and brains. None of those matter, as long as you can take a thrashing and come back for more. Men, eh?..

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