• jswysin

    ★★½ Watched by jswysin 05 Jul, 2015

    Not a full bounce back but Rocky Balboa is a decent return to the series sixteen years later, right in line with all of these recent nostalgia sequels where they bring back bit players from the original, such as Spider, his very first opponent and Marie, the young woman he warned about hanging with the wrong crowd. It's a nice way to wrap around from the beginning but bringing in real-life announcers and boxers, to the point where I started…

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  • Wes Ball

    ★★★★ Watched by Wes Ball 04 Jul, 2015 7

    Boxing seems to be a sport that isn't quite as popularized or revered as it once was. It's a more barbaric sport compared to the likes of golf and tennis, and racing seems to attract more nationwide attention. Rocky Balboa himself, running a little Italian restaraunt nowadays, is dwindling in popularity and beginning to wither from age, but not before he can get in one last fight. One last match for glory and his home. He's going to show Mason…

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  • Jack Godwin

    ★★★★ Watched by Jack Godwin 04 Jul, 2015

    The first hour of the film is brilliant, but for some reason all emotional stakes are dropped before the final fight - which also happens to be the worst filmed fight in the series. It becomes extremely televisual and terribly-lit, which is odd since the rest of the film looks great. I do love the relationship between Rocky and Marie too, as it's platonic and avoids the surrogate father trope too. Both Stallone and Burt Young put in maybe the best acting since the first one, but unfortunately they don't get much time to do so in the back half.

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  • mmund2

    ★★★★½ Added by mmund2

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Rocky Balboa was so good because it remembered, unlike the other four sequels, that the first Rocky wasn't about boxing, but about Rocky himself.
    Having said that, Rocky fights (when done well) are the most magnificent thing to behold.
    And I was so happy that he lost. Made me remember the feeling I got when I watched Rocky for the first time as a kid.

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  • The Movie Guy

    ★★★★½ Watched by The Movie Guy 01 Jul, 2015

    Inspirational! is what I would call this movie. It has now become one of my top favorite films. So many good quotes on life one can learn. Story was good. Near perfect. Only 2 things I didn't like. Rocky taking forever that he wants to fight and the storyline w/ his son could had been better. I felt they could had spend more time on that then the first 40 minutes to show us Rocky is lonely w/ his wife's death. We get it! Other than that I love this movie. Better than the first Rocky quite positivity the best in the Rocky Series

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  • AwesomeAverage

    ★★★½ Watched by AwesomeAverage 26 Jun, 2015

    "It's not about how hard you're hit, it's about how hard you can get hit."

    It's definitely messy, but Rocky Balboa redeems the Rocky franchise 16 years after the horrible Rocky V. It starts off slow, but it's able to pick itself during the second act. It has a lot of heart, likable characters, and a solid leading performance from Sylvester Stallone.

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  • Tyler Henry

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Tyler Henry 12 Jun, 2015

    Its been since 2006 when I first saw this movie I rented it from blockbuster and watched it with my mom dad and sister. That's 9 years and my film etiquette but I would not let nostalgia influence my rocky series rewatch I didn't for 2,3,4 or 5 I watch rocky like every other 2 months so that's that but the only bad one is five rest I like now this one its the best rocky sequel it hits the…

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  • Tony Black

    ★★★½ Watched by Tony Black 01 Jun, 2015

    One obvious element to the Rocky pictures many people doubtless have noticed is just how much they seem to parallel Sylvester Stallone's own career. By the time of Rocky Balboa, the long awaited comeback for his defining character, Sly was just as much the underdog as his pugilist alter ego; he'd been to the top, hit middle age and thanks to a fair few creative and box office duds, was a fading star heading into his sixties. Truth is, he…

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  • Chris Ward

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Chris Ward 30 May, 2015

    The room always gets dusty when I watch this film...

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  • travis_bickle76

    ★★ Watched by travis_bickle76 15 May, 2015

    An unnecessary extension to the Rocky franchise, slightly better than Grudge Match but not a lot.

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  • Christopher

    ★★★ Rewatched by Christopher 14 May, 2015

    I like this one better than Rocky V, but it doesn't quite beat the others. But in hindsight it isn't really meant to. It's a great little comeback film and is a good sendoff for the character, I recommend watching this at least once.

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  • MovieMeditation

    ★★★ Rewatched by MovieMeditation 18 Apr, 2015

    Finally we are at the last entry in the Rocky franchise in which Stallone comes back to try and give his character a worthy send-off after the last disastrous attempt

    It seems quite clear from the start, that this film didn't have the best of financial supports, and fairly often it feels very low budget and like a direct-to-dvd feature. I'm not referring to the last fight here, which I thought was a very interesting and worthy attempt at creating…

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