Rocky IV
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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 saga. Stallone is back as Rocky Balboa, the heavyweight champion of the world and now good friend of his one-time nemesis, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). Creed is brutally slaughtered in the boxing ring during a lop-sided exhibition match against the superhuman Russian boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), an event that Rocky takes personally. Vowing revenge… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

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"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Ridiculous jingoistic nonsense."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"...suffers from a vibe of superfluousness..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Fourth in series has lost most of punch"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ , Film4
"The film's only major disappointment is a lack of screen-time for a pre-Foofy Foofy Brigitte Nielsen"
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Proves once again that all the world loves an underdog."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Film reduced to the barest of three acts."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A far cry from the delights (both large and small) of its illustrious original."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Predictable and corny. When the Soviet fans as well as the Soviet government officials stand up and cheer Rocky at the end, you can't help but roll your eyes in disbelief."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
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‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
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