Rocky II
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After scoring a personal victory (though a physical defeat) in his "Cinderella" bout with Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) has gone to seed. In this sequel, he allows his celebrity to go to his head and loses the respect of friends and family--not to mention all his money. Against the wishes of his wife "Yo, Adrian" (Talia Shire), Rocky decides upon one more fight to get back on his financial feet. Thus the stage is set for a rematch with Apollo Creed.Like its predecessor, Rocky II made a fortune at the box office.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Stallone and producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff know from experience audiences love to root for the underdog and have concocted an irresistible final 30 minutes."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Rocky II has a waxy feeling, and it never comes to life the way its predecessor did."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Pretty good sequel, among several that followed, this time directed by Stallone."
‑ Steve Crum,
""Rocky II" represents far more than just a good-looking fight. It's all about trusting in yourself and overcoming fear in striving for greatness."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"The best of the sequels. Explores the aftermath of Rocky's success."
‑ Fred Topel,
"Sylvester Stallone's follow-up to his runaway success of 1976 is a little more threadbare in spots than the original, but it still has some conviction and spunk."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Although Rocky II builds itself around a rematch between Rocky and Apollo, the movie is anything but a lazy sequel."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Considerably less satisfying than the original Rocky, but head and shoulders above the later installments."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A very good sequel even though the result of the climactic Balboa vs. Creed rematch is pretty much a foregone conclusion. This is where the series should have ended."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"It's entertaining enough, but Stallone would have done well to retire Rocky after his second outing."
‑ , Film4
"Stallone's performance as a Philadelphia saint in a B movie physique leaves you undecided whether to gag or sob, but the final fight sequences make up for it; a full-blooded Hollywood finale reaching giddy heights of cathartic glee."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Sly sequel is as predictable as a gym workout."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"...can't help but come off as the most needless installment of the bunch..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Rocky II is carried on the strong shoulders of Sylvester Stallone who puts in a stellar performance as a loving husband and a good friend."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"While cruder than the first film, Rocky II successfully drives its hero back to the underdog status needed to make the final fight as exciting and satisfying as it is."
‑ Almar Haflidason,
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