Rocky IV
Rocky IV (1985)

When a Soviet superman kills his friend in the boxing ring, the all-American fighter Rocky Balboa challenges the Russian to a final bout. This fourth entry in the Rocky series sticks to the usual David versus Goliath formula, with an added… More

Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 25, 1998
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Sylvester Stallone is really sloughing it off shamelessly in Rocky IV, but it's still impossible not to root for old Rocky Balboa to get up off the canvas and whup that bully one more time.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Even the hint of political power that Rocky garners by the end of this latest battle is made to seem like more of the same empty glory.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Ridiculous jingoistic nonsense.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The crazed flag-waving would be a lot easier to take if it weren't so clearly a commercial calculation meant to salvage what is otherwise a crass, careless, shamelessly padded film.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Even Sylvester Stallone seems to be getting tired of the series; as the writer and director, as well as the star, he puts himself through the same old paces.

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Boxers are noted for their hubris, but Stallone, perhaps still punch-drunk from the early success, would have been better advised to have quit rather than suffer the body blows of this nonsense.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Film reduced to the barest of three acts.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

There are simply too many ludicrous elements to ignore: Paulie's robot; Brigitte Nielsen, even less expressive than the robot; about a thousand music-video-styled montages; Lundgren's delivery of Drago's deadly dialogue; etc.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A far cry from the delights (both large and small) of its illustrious original.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Rocky way to much
Alex roy
Rocky IV is a decent little entry, but is nothing anything good or great. By this time in the series, you can see that the screenwriters were struggling in… More
KJ Proulx
While starting out on a better note than any of the previous films, "Rocky IV" feels more of the same. Redemption and friendship just like the third… More
Lucas Martins
The worse of Rocky. Stallone transform the lovable character that like of everybody, in a propaganda character to the U.S. goverment. Rotten.
Eugene Bernabe
Rocky IV, no doubt, has its motivational and somewhat inspirational moments during its climatic scenes, but it is knocked down by its inconsistent direction… More
Directors Cat
A more or less better installment than the previous one plus a great soundtrack. Besides the first and second Rocky films this one is proparbly the most… More