Rocky II
Rocky II (1979)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 8, 2005
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81%

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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Rocky II has a waxy feeling, and it never comes to life the way its predecessor did.

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Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Pretty good sequel, among several that followed, this time directed by Stallone.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Although Rocky II builds itself around a rematch between Rocky and Apollo, the movie is anything but a lazy sequel.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Considerably less satisfying than the original Rocky, but head and shoulders above the later installments.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Sly sequel is as predictable as a gym workout.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...can't help but come off as the most needless installment of the bunch...

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
All this film really does is build stronger characters and a much better story to follow. As Rocky and Adrian get married, buy a house and attempt to have a… More
Alex roy
First sequel to Rocky is of course the best. After the match between Apollo Creed and Rocky Balboa, angry fans want a rematch. This is a great sequel, but like… More
Lucas Martins
One of the best sequels ever and maybe more powerful that the first Rocky .
Jonathan Hutchings
More character development, same hackneyed directing and schmaltzy storytelling.
Eugene Bernabe
Sylvester Stallone is a knockout punch in front and behind the camera as he directs the sequel to his Oscar-winning-hay-maker. Rocky II is somewhat predictable… More
Melvin White
Mickey: This guy don't just want to win, you know. He wants to bury you, he wants to humiliate you, he wants to prove to the whole world that you was… More

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