Rocky (1976)

A slightly dimwitted amateur boxer from Philadelphia's tough neighborhood gets a surprise shot at fighting for the heavyweight championship, while at the same time he finds love in the arms of a shy, reclusive girl who works in the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This story of a down-on-his-luck boxer is thoroughly predictable, but Sylvester Stallone's script and stunning performance in the title role brush aside complaints.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Sylvester Stallone [is] as likable as a basset hound.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

I wanted to like it more than I did, but it'll do.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The real deal, offering a raw, gritty feel that none of the slicker sequels even attempted to replicate (with the possible exception of the final film).

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

The story is achingly familiar, and though Stallone has a certain power, he is certainly not the subtlest actor to crawl out from under Marlon's overcoat.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Rocky is an old-fashioned fairytale brilliantly revamped to chime in with the depressed mood of the '70s.

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John Marriott
Radio Times

This triple-Oscar-winning boxing drama is shot through with genuine impassioned commitment, born of the fact that Sylvester Stallone realised that this was his best hope of stardom.

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A.D. Murphy

There are occasional flashes that the film may be patronizing the lower end of the blue-collar mentality, as much if not more than the characters who keep putting Rocky down on the screen. However, Avildsen is noted for creating such ambiguities.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The screenplay of Rocky is purest Hollywood make-believe of the 1930's, but there would be nothing wrong with that, had the film been executed with any verve.

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Total Film

It's Sly's droopy-eyed, hangdog/underdog that carries Rocky's tale of transformation. He's no oil painting, no blue-eyed hero. He's not supposed to make it -- and that makes us instantly connect with him.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
With an exceptional script, exceptional acting, several iconic sequences (the stairs scene), and the classic use of "Gonna Fly Now," Rocky is an… More
Lucas Martins
It's really amazing believe that Sylvester Stallone had made such a great screenplay and stunning performance. Rocky proves that not all action macho… More
KJ Proulx
The story of a boxer who is living in an old run-down apartment, with very little money, until someones rings his bell with a chance at the title! Going through… More
Eugene Bernabe
A brilliant portrayal of the nature of opportunities in the unlikeliness of places. Rocky is a brilliant motion picture epitomized by sensational performances… More
Bruce Bruce
Back in the day this was a great movie, but after the number of Rocky movies made and the other Sylvester Stallone movies that have bombared us over the years.… More
Alex roy
Rocky is a solid boxing drama that is probably when of the best boxing films ever made. Not only is that but this probably one of the best films that Sly has… More