Rocky II
Rocky II (1979)

After scoring a personal victory (though a physical defeat) in his "Cinderella" bout with Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) has gone to seed. In this sequel, he allows his celebrity to go to his head and loses the… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 15, 1979
DVD Release Date: February 7, 2005
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Rocky II is a movie that dares you to root again for the ultimate underdog -- and succeeds due to an infectiously powerful climax.

Variety Staff

Stallone and producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff know from experience audiences love to root for the underdog and have concocted an irresistible final 30 minutes.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Rocky II has a waxy feeling, and it never comes to life the way its predecessor did.

Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Taking what John G. Avildsen accomplished with the first film and then adding his own style, Stallone comes forward as an action visionary, with the fight scene a vast improvement when compared to the original.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Sylvester Stallone's follow-up to his runaway success of 1976 is a little more threadbare in spots than the original, but it still has some conviction and spunk.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Although Rocky II builds itself around a rematch between Rocky and Apollo, the movie is anything but a lazy sequel.

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Steve Crum

Pretty good sequel, among several that followed, this time directed by Stallone.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Stallone's performance as a Philadelphia saint in a B movie physique leaves you undecided whether to gag or sob, but the final fight sequences make up for it; a full-blooded Hollywood finale reaching giddy heights of cathartic glee.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Sly sequel is as predictable as a gym workout.

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TV Guide

Considerably less satisfying than the original Rocky, but head and shoulders above the later installments.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Yes, Sylvester Stallone, you really did it, and this exciting and surprisingly moving sequel - written, directed and acted by him, no less - is an impressive… More
Eugene Bernabe
Sylvester Stallone is a knockout punch in front and behind the camera as he directs the sequel to his Oscar-winning-hay-maker. Rocky II is somewhat predictable… More
KJ Proulx
All this film really does is build stronger characters and a much better story to follow. As Rocky and Adrian get married, buy a house and attempt to have a… More
Alex roy
First sequel to Rocky is of course the best. After the match between Apollo Creed and Rocky Balboa, angry fans want a rematch. This is a great sequel, but like… More
Lucas Martins
One of the best sequels ever and maybe more powerful that the first Rocky .
Jonathan Hutchings
More character development, same hackneyed directing and schmaltzy storytelling.