• Wei Li Heng

    ★★★★½ Watched by Wei Li Heng 22 Jan, 2015

    As Rocky week finishes, we take a look at the last film in the franchise spanning 30 years.

    Rocky Balboa, directed by Stallone, which I think is appropriate, since it's his film, takes place some 20 years after Rocky V. Robert has grown up, Rocky has gotten old, Paulie is still Paulie, and Adrian sadly died. Rocky himself has settled down, and has even opened a restaurant named 'Adrian's', in memory of his late wife. Meanwhile, Mason 'The Line' Dixon,…

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  • Matt Brown

    ★★★½ Watched by Matt Brown 12 Feb, 2011

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  • Joe Ibañez

    ★★★ Rewatched by Joe Ibañez 05 Jan, 2015

    It's weird to see Rocky in a realistic, contemporary world fighting a boring, generic real-world boxer. Plus how does this movie even make sense given Rocky's brain injury from part 5? But Rocky is still Rocky and it's hard to not want to see him punch people and run up stairs. ROC-KY, ROC-KY, ROC-KY!

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  • Pube

    ★★★★ Added by Pube 3

    The best of the series.

    Sly brings his best as an actor, writer, and director in Rocky Balboa. This is a very well made film. The story is perhaps the most believable of the entire series (remember George Foreman vs. Michael Moorer?). Furthermore, it is just put together brilliantly. I am fan of the other Rocky installments and enjoy a lot of Stallone movies, but I have never considered them great films. I do consider Rocky Balboa a great film.…

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  • Bill Shannon

    ★★★½ Added by Bill Shannon

    I was surprised at how engaging and well-crafted "Rocky Balboa" is. You would think it's some cheapie, fly-by-night movie about a relic from the 1970s, but it's actually a pretty thoughtful, only slightly sentimental piece about a former legent trying to recapture his happiest days, even if only for one fight.

    Rocky is still the icon he always was, but now he's a glad-hander in the street, a glorified baseball card signer. When Rocky realizes he has one more fight…

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  • jon_nunan

    ★★★★ Rewatched by jon_nunan 27 Dec, 2014

    This movie is so badass.

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  • loogenhausen

    ★★★½ Added by loogenhausen

    From my old Netflix reviews:

    ***3/4

    This was a great way to wash the rotten taste of Rocky V out of my mouth and possibly yours. Stallone does a great job here both behind and in front of the camera. It's good to see Burt Young back in a solid role as well. If you loved the first four (or three) Rocky flicks then you'll eat this one up with a spoon. Or a boxing glove, if that's your thing.

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  • HotDonkeyBear

    ★★★★ Watched by HotDonkeyBear 19 Dec, 2014

    Wow. What a lovely return to form.

    This could've quite easily been a disaster. Piecing together characters, relationships and locations from the earlier Rocky movies, Stallone finds a new way to make Rocky Balboa the underdog again. This time it's fear, size or the threat of illness that looms over Balboa, it's age. Once again we witness 75% dramatic build and character development, 5% montage and 20% fight-night.

    Stallone et al bring raw performances to the table. The saddest fact…

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  • Russell Holley

    ★★★★ Watched by Russell Holley 17 Dec, 2014

    A quiet and tasteful addition to the series that has more in common with the heartfelt original than any of the other sequels.

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  • filmyfilms

    ★★★★★ Added by filmyfilms

    So good! Beautiful movie about aging. Great shots of Philly. I didn't realize I was going to fall in love with this movie!

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  • Jerry Downing

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Jerry Downing 13 Dec, 2014

    "The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how…

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  • Matt Wooldridge

    ★★★½ Watched by Matt Wooldridge 25 Feb, 2007

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

    Better late than never.

    ROCKY II, III and V have their moments, but ROCKY BALBOA is the perfect ROCKY film that very comfortably sits alongside the first film in the series.

    Rocky Balboa is now running a restaurant - a much more fitting place for this fighter, surrounded by photos from his fights and telling old war stories to guests, most of whom are willing to listen. However, Adrian is gone, and even though Stallone plays it subtle, you can…

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