Rocky Balboa
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The greatest underdog story of our time is back for one final round of the Academy Award-winning Rocky franchise. Former heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa steps out of retirement and back into the ring, putting himself against a new rival in a dramatically different era. After a virtual boxing match declares Rocky Balboa the victor over current champion Mason 'The Line' Dixon, the legendary fighter's passion and spirit are reignited. But when his desire to fight in small, regional competitions is trumped by promoters calling for a rematch of the cyber-fight, Balboa must weigh the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I know, I know, you're thinking, oh please, not Rocky again. I was thinking that too."
‑ Bob Mondello,
"When asked why he would step back into the ring, even though he's out of shape and in his late 50s, the Italian Stallion mumbles something about "the stuff... inside," which sums up the thin justification for Rocky Balboa."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"...a strong capper to an admittedly uneven series..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Note to any other would-be franchise revivalists -- consult Stallone."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"In the obligatory boxing terms, Balboa will K.O. your expectations, but that may only be because they're rightfully below the belt to begin with--and because this sixth installment is coming after the bell has already rung."
‑ Brian Marder,
"The ol' lug can't be blamed for wanting one last victory lap, but if you've got nothing to offer except benign nostalgia, just let the gloves stay on the glory-days shelf."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"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."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"You either buy into this premise or you don't and I'm sorry to say I found Rocky utterly preposterous."
‑ Coco Forsythe, Future Movies UK
"Stallone wrote and directed this cinematic ride down memory lane that puts a final grace note on his indelible creation."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"With "Rocky Balboa", Stallone's created the first real "sequel" to his original, a deserving bookend that recaptures that film's sense of character and realistic detail."
‑ Brian Holcomb, PopMatters
"Even goodwill can't make this look like anything more than a glorified TV special. Surely it's time for the audience to throw in the towel?"
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"As usual with Stallone's Rocky sequels, the schmaltz is unbearable, but the fight is plausibly handled, and Stallone's sincere sadness at growing older makes this an unexpectedly satisfying conclusion to the series."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Stallone still has what it takes to make Rocky the peoples champ, and while the film is by no means a knockout, it will certainly be right there 'til the final round."
‑ Neil Miller, Film School Rejects
"It's no knockout, but it does go a solid, nostalgic 15 rounds."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"Stallone, now 60, has something in common with Rocky - he's an awkwardly bulked-up dinosaur, fighting to prove that the game hasn't passed him by. On that level, he succeeds."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
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