• silenttom

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by silenttom 09 May, 2012

    The truly worthy capper to the entire series. In every respect that V miserably failed to bring Rocky back to his roots, Balboa succeeds at with flying colors. Instead of forcing Rocky into the exact same circumstances as before, he's managing to make a comfortable living, but his heart has gone out of the game due to the strains in his family with the death of his wife and the lack of connection he has with his son. It showcases…


  • Gerald Evans

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Gerald Evans 12 Jul, 2015

    Like the first film, Rocky Balboa tells its story on a more smaller scale than any of the other sequels. Rocky Balboa truly brings the series to some of its old roots and gives Rocky's journey a great send-off. Sylvester Stallone will always be Rocky and with Rocky Balboa he brings out his best performance for the character. It's tough seeing the champion who had always defied the odds so lost without the thing he cares the most about. With…


  • Cadj

    ★★★★½ Added by Cadj

    I bet Michael Buffer commanded the 2nd highest salary of this film behind Stallone.

    Anyway I absolutely love this film. It really shouldn't be as good as it is and it shouldn't have made me as emotional as it did. It's just a really really good film that had me grinning like an idiot and enjoying myself the whole way through.

    If I had any complaints it's that Mason Dixon isn't the most interesting opponent but this is about Rocky…


  • Nathan Sizemore

    ★★★ Watched by Nathan Sizemore 14 Jul, 2015

    There are some nice callbacks to the original Rocky in Rocky Balboa and for the first half of the movie it's even refreshing to see Rocky regain some of his blockheadedness from the first two films. Even Paulie seems reinvigorated. And Cuff and Link, Rocky's turtles from the first film have miraculously survived and make an appearance.

    But as the movie heads toward its inevitable fight I steadily lost interest. I was reminded of Stallone's newer Rambo film. I'm not…


  • Kurt Fabisch

    ★★★★½ Watched by Kurt Fabisch 13 Jul, 2015

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

    "It ain't over 'til it's over."

    "What is that, from the 80s."

    "That's probably the 70s."


    And there it is. The Rocky series (until Creed) blazed through in a week.

    I gotta say, I'm now officially a fan. 6 films, and really only one I outright dislike and that's Rocky IV. I even like Rocky V, flawed as it is. I think why I liked Rocky V different from other people is that at the TIME... that was the…


  • 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…


  • Wes Ball

    ★★★★ Watched by Wes Ball 04 Jul, 2015 8

    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…


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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…