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: November 21, 1976
DVD Release Date: August 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 93% 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.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

Like the movies of Frank Capra, Rocky is a glowing tribute to the human spirit - a chin-up reminder that the decent, little guys of the world often accomplish the impossible if only because they try so hard.

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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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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] "Rocky" struck a nerve with American audiences at the time because it spoke directly to a '70s era lower middle-class dream of success that has since been exploded into a billion pieces.

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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter

In addition to a heart-warming script, Stallone has created on the screen a character of enormous appeal and charm - half-articulate but funny, gruff but good-hearted.

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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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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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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
What makes this underdog story so special is that it is not just a mere "guy movie" about boxing but instead a touching and profoundly honest drama… 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
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
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
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
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