Somebody Up There Likes Me
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Based on boxer Rocky Graziano's autobiography, this film accurately depicts the teen-aged Rocky as an unregenerate punk, evidently doomed by his slum environment, and his lousy attitude, to a life of petty crime. Determining that the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 3, 1956
DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

Paul Newman brings to awesome life the jungle qualities implicit in a slum childhood...

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Robert Wise's direction is fast, aggressive and bright, and the picture is edited to give it a tremendous crispness and pace.

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TV Guide

[Newman] worked himself into peak condition for the role, lifting weights and sparring with top professionals, and his portrayal of the scrappy, often tongue-tied, but wholly likable boxer is superb.

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Variety Staff

Paul Newman's talent is large and flexible, revealing an approach to the Graziano character that scores tremendously.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film's money shot is the well-staged fight between Zale and Rocky.

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Christopher Null

Straightforward and simplistic.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A disappointing biopic of Rocky Graziano, East Side delinquent turned World Middleweight Champion.

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Emanuel Levy

Robert Wise's sports biopic of Rocky Graziano deservedly catapulted Paul Newman to major stardom; you can spot in small parts Steve McQueen, before he became a star, and Sal Mineo.

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Director Wise keeps the action fresh and lively, drawing excellent performances from Newman, Angeli as Mrs Graziano and Mineo in a small but significant role.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
A flawless movie on all accounts, it's one of the best boxing movies to ever be made. Its longstanding reputation is well warranted and I feel like it… More
Aldo Gandia
One of the best sports bio movies ever done.
Stella Dallas
dunno what took me so long to see this. now i know where sly stallone got his rocky character. this part was meant for james dean before he was killed, giving… More
cody franklin
I have not seen this one in awhile and still enjoyed it. Newman is great and Wise shooting on location in NYC looks great. I agree with Keith where I… More
Byron Brubaker
Early in the movie when Rocky is running around with a street gang, including Sal Mineo and Steve McQueen, you can see why Robert Wise was later given the job… More
Keith Munley
Could Never had seen James Dean doing this after Giant