Rocky IV
Rocky IV (1985)

The third sequel to Sylvester Stallone's boxing blockbuster combines the ringside sports melodrama of the previous installments with the Cold War patriotism of the star/director's other motion picture series of the 1980s, the Rambo… More

Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 25, 1998
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Rocky IV inflates the action to absurd heights, but it ultimately rings hollow thanks to a story that hits the same basic beats as the first three entries in the franchise.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Padded with clips from earlier Rocky pictures, adding nothing to his mythic, let alone human dimensions, it lacks even the primitive suspense and crude capacity to release underdog emotions that permitted its predecessors to conquer one's better judgment.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The new film's narrative is stripped down to essentials, which gives it an emblematic quality.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The outcome of the film is predetermined by the formulaic scripts of Rocky II and Rocky III. Stallone boxed himself into a corner with this one.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

[Stallone] creates credible villains worthy of his heroic character.

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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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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Though it's impossible not to get caught up in our hero's Russian training programme, or to root for his climactic victory, the mawkish montages accompanied by blaring music are no substitute for plot shading.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

This is grim and witless storytelling, and what makes it so depressing is that it hasn't improved by so much as a chemical trace since the days of the first Rocky.

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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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Peter Travers
People Magazine

His vacuous post-bout speech indicates why boxers with 75 professional bouts are rarely called upon as public speakers.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Rocky way to much
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
Carlos Magalh„es
This jingoistic silliness was obviously made to show the Americans overthrowing the Russians during the Cold War but what is even worse is that in the end it… More
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.