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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sylvester Stallone [is] as likable as a basset hound."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"I wanted to like it more than I did, but it'll do."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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)."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A crowning achievement in Sylvester Stallone's career as a writer and a performer..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"transforms the gritty realities of economic hardship and personal desperation into a celebration of individuality and determination without sinking into mushy sentimentalism"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"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."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Rocky is an old-fashioned fairytale brilliantly revamped to chime in with the depressed mood of the '70s."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ John Marriott, Radio Times
"One of the greatest, if not the greatest, feel good movies of all time."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Sly's best pic winner sets underdog-hero standard."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ A.D. Murphy, Variety
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"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."
‑ , Total Film
"It's all here: the famous Bill Conti fanfare, the 'Gonna Fly Now' training montage, the inevitable 'David and Goliath' climax. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Stallone -- an actor who has made a career of bad performances in bad films -- proves that when given the right material he can act with the best of them."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
More reviews for Rocky on Rotten Tomatoes

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