Rocky V
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Touted upon its release as the finale of the Rocky saga, this fifth entry in the long-running series of sports dramas reunites star Sylvester Stallone with John G. Avildsen, director of the Oscar-winning original. Stallone is Rocky Balboa, suffering from career-ending brain damage as a result of his punishing bout with Ivan Drago at the finale of the previous film. Upon their return to Philadelphia, Rocky and his wife, Adrian (Talia Shire), discover they are broke, their fortune squandered by an incompetent accountant. Forced to move back to their working-class neighborhood, Rocky finds that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The dramatic moves are so obvious and shopworn that not even the star's mournful basset-hound expressions can redeem them."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"In Rock V, the underdog is officially diagnosed as 'brain damaged.' Yo. So what else is new?"
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Time to hang up the boxing gloves, ol' Rocky."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Rocky loses his fortune, moves back to the old neighborhood and neglects his son while training an ultimately ungrateful young boxer. A manufactured attempt to capture the spirit of the original. What's intended as high drama is cloying and silly."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"They should-a stopped at IV."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Whereas the first and far superior Rocky had real heart, this tries and fails to have brains."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Despite Stallone's bantamweight attempts to insert, like, character into the fifth Rocky, it's the same old fight with the same old round of regulars."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"For the most part, the Rocky pictures have been outstanding entertainments, beautifully crafted and executed, and Rocky V is an important and worthwhile addition to the series."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An embarassment to brain-damaged boxers and their wussy sons everywhere."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"Like watching some favourite relative die, Stallone subjects the viewer to a miserable and pathetic end for such an enduring character."
‑ Almar Haflidason,
"A sloppy but good-natured reminder of just what it is that has kept Rocky Balboa afloat for 14 years."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"This is the first picture in the series that feels inert."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Much-maligned but sporadically effective..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Goes the distance as a parable about what is really means to have heart."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Even Stallone seems to be sleepier than usual here."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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