Rocky V
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Back from the USSR fight (Rocky 4) the battled boxer suffers from too many blows to the head and is no longer a ring contender. He is willing, however, to pass along his formulae for fisticuff success to a young protege (Sage Stallone, Sly's true-live son) who learns the ropes from the best. Along comes a conniving trainer who wants to take the young fighter away from his mentor. This film features a big-time street brawl between the old Rocky and his newly trained protege, Rocky Jr.

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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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