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Rocky II

Rocky II

1979
Drama
Action
1h 59m
Rocky struggles in family life after his bout with Apollo Creed, while the embarrassed champ insistently goads him to accept a challenge for a rematch. (imdb)
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Rocky II

1979
Drama
Action
1h 59m
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Rated 09 Jun 2016
92
84th
Worthy follow-up to the original (though it inevitably lacks that entry's raw street-level grit). Stallone wisely keeps the focus squarely on the characters, developing them in all the right ways. Plus, the final fight is awesome.
Rated 10 Dec 2015
75
65th
The scene with every kid in Philly runs with Rocky then surround and absorb him on the ROCKY STEPS is ALMOST as dumb as Adrian falling into a coma to make Rocky montage train to music because he tried training earlier without music and it didn't work. Rocky II is 90 minutes of fluff then A GOOD ROCKY FIGHT MMPH. Not a fan of thin Burt Young.
Rated 03 Sep 2008
80
78th
Not as good as Rocky, but far better than the rest that followed. I really liked this movie, following the life of Rocky post-fight. Showing Rocky as family man and failing was not something that Hollywood would do now. Rocky squanders his money and ends up having to go back to the only thing he's good at and agrees to a rematch with Creed. Other than the bit with Adrian in a coma, this movie is believable and gripping. The ending, while expected, still delivered.
Rated 11 Jul 2012
70
65th
Comes pretty close to being as good as the first one. Goes far on Stallone's likeability and the quality supporting performance by Meredith.
Rated 08 Feb 2008
91
94th
Right up there with the original, with easily the best fight of the series AND best training montage. Also, it's relentlessly downbeat for the first 2/3 of the movie, which is an impressively bold choice for such a mainstream flick. Fantastic music throughout, too. Bill Conti, take another bow.
Rated 16 Nov 2023
84
71st
Having seen this many times, I noticed the plotholes more (Rocky wouldn't have been limited to commercials - what about photo ads & Wheaties boxes?; why does Adrian suddenly want him to fight?), but it also made me realize that Stallone deserves alot more credit than he gets because everything else is so entertaining & moving & done w/ such iconic characters, that you don't mind. Stallone's as emotionally manipulative as Spielberg & that's a compliment. It's a fairy tale that often feels real.
Rated 16 Nov 2013
7
57th
Rocky II is a solid sequel that follows directly on from where the original film left off. Whilst many deem the Rocky sequels unnecessary, I love them all for different reasons and the whole series is very important and sentimental to me. This second instalment sees Rocky and Apollo go head to head once again with another amazing finale. The characters are developed further and the performances are strong. The music is brilliant once again and the training montage is as nostalgic as ever.
Rated 13 Jul 2009
55
58th
Okay Movie
Rated 20 Jul 2009
52
17th
You are kind of waiting for all the drama to get out the way, the training to start and the music to start up. Also, am I missing the training that allows Rocky to be pummelled to death twice over but not die?
Rated 14 Feb 2012
76
51st
At times silly, but overall enjoyable sequel aided immeasurably by Stallone's likable lead performance. Meanders too much in the 1st half (when the outcome is already blatantly obvious), film really hits its stride in the second half with a series of rousing scenes of triumph, and a typically bemused performance from Meredith; Stallone's direction also surprisingly accomplished.
Rated 26 May 2012
70
43rd
A serviceable sequel that maybe drags on a bit while piling on the cliches. It lacks the entertaining camp factor of III and IV, while falling short of the genuine emotional punch of its predecessor. The final battle is awesome though.
Rated 28 Oct 2015
80
72nd
I like that Rocky was able to put his training on hold to attend to his sick wife, yet he still had enough time to get back into the swing of things and fight/defeat the heavyweight champion of the world. All you need is heart, moxie, and a Hollywood montage.
Rated 29 Nov 2015
60
40th
With some continued great acting and a hell of a fight at the end, Rocky II retains a lot of the good, but adds some not so hot aspects. Most of the first half feels like Rocky 2: Rocky Goes Hollywood, and most of the writing just isn't good. That being said, there's some great direction and acting. I just wish it made for a better overall movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
69th
Rocky II is often confused with the first Rocky. It is this one in which Rocky actually beats Apollo. This movie is very close to on par with the original, which is a good thing. The story is still focused on characters that viewers already know which makes character development the focus, and it works. This movie is one of the greatest sports movie sequels out there. Really good!
Rated 20 Nov 2010
50
23rd
The first 40 minutes are actually rather dull, however the rest of the movie proves not only pleasant but also pretty engaging and at times surprisingly human, while featuring a solid, satisfying performance by Stallone. Nevertheless it remains simple, sentimentally manipulative and conventional, it employs cliches to build tension and ultimately it fails to grow truly big.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
88th
While not as moving as the original, it's a fitting and not unnecessary sequel. After this point, however, we see a sharp downturn in the series.
Rated 21 Dec 2018
75
64th
The film is a good ridiculous. I would watch more boxing if it was just 15 rounds of fighters just trading unguarded blows to the face.
Rated 09 Feb 2011
70
56th
It can't live up to the original, but it's still a highly enjoyable sequel that doesn't stray too far away from what made the original great. There are some goofy moments (when all the kids run with him, and when Rocky and Apollo are just nailing each other with unblocked haymakers), but the fact that the fight is overall better and how they kept the character of Rocky true to the original made this worth it to fans of the first.
Rated 29 Feb 2008
7
84th
It's essentially a beat-for-beat but not as good remake of the original film, with a first hour-plus that is often downright draining as we watch Rocky lose everything. But it definitely picks up the pace at the end, steering upward into an awesome final fight and ending that damn near makes me cheer out loud. In many ways, it's the last Rocky movie to take its title character's arc and the sport it depicts seriously until 2006, albeit not the last one that's fun.
Rated 14 Jan 2008
75
66th
Pretty darn good movie. It's definitely not as good as the first, but the rest of the series makes this one into a gem.
Rated 05 Apr 2012
60
26th
This feels more like a reboot than a sequel except all the actors and people involved are the same. What's the point?
Rated 14 Dec 2011
75
49th
This film has a lot of good moments. This is more serious than a lot of the sequels. Sylvester Stallone and Talia Shire work well together again here.
Rated 08 Aug 2008
80
64th
Packs enough punch as the first, but lacks the intelligence. But, however, it's still a classic and it retains the spirit of Balboa and who can resist cheering when he wins the belt?
Rated 13 Oct 2013
73
60th
"Yo, Adrian! Where's your personality?"
Rated 26 May 2019
70
48th
If nothing else these movies are predictable So far as sequels go it's okay
Rated 28 Apr 2008
60
31st
The originals message and spirit are completely mangled here. The updated message: a punching bag with legs can become a world champion. As for the fight, apparently the ref gave instructions that putting your guard up is illegal, instead all punches must be blocked with your face.
Rated 10 Jul 2012
75
61st
While cruder than the first film, Rocky II successfully drives its hero back to the underdog status needed to make the final fight as exciting and satisfying as it is.
Rated 08 Oct 2007
58
45th
As gruesome a sport as boxing is, this movie is gripping. Character development is top in this movie, and it works.
Rated 11 Oct 2018
70
56th
No idea what changed behind the scenes but somehow all the things missing from the first one start to click here - the boxing story no longer feels like an afterthought, Rocky's dialogue spices up significantly, and we finally get more than a cursory glance at Creed.
Rated 13 Jun 2011
4
55th
The end fight is better, everything else is worse.
Rated 02 Sep 2007
65
44th
Its Rocky I againg, they just changed the ending this time lo let Rocky win
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
37th
Okay to watch, but not nearly as good as Rocky I or rememberable as Rocky IV.
Rated 05 Jul 2012
65
36th
I caught it on TV last night; since I started watching Rocky movies with the annoying Rocky IV, I was a bit prejudiced against them. This one is a bit clumsy, but interesting and entertaining nevertheless. But if the real boxing matches were like this, the average lifetime of boxers would be three matches tops.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
71
62nd
It's not the knockout that Rocky had been, but still packs enough punch to be a winner by decision.
Rated 28 Jun 2008
98
98th
What can you say but Great movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
51st
Started off with a great movie, but this series moved away from good drama and became cheesy action flicks almost right away. Don't get me wrong, I like cheesy action...but don't expect Oscar winning stuff from the Rocky sequels.
Rated 10 May 2012
60
29th
Continuing Rocky's story from right where the first movie ended is an interesting angle and the fight's pretty good, but the rest of it is mediocre. Gives us nothing new and the character motivations become cliche.
Rated 09 Oct 2008
75
49th
1.si gibi değil
Rated 26 Sep 2023
73
68th
The first half of the fight scene is by far the lowlight of the movie--directed as a comically unconvincing, first-month amateur type performance--but business picks up to where it's one of the most exciting fights on the big screen. Duality of man or whatchamacallit. Rocky's bumbling comedy half hour in the beginning is hit and miss, but I went away with a sense of still somehow caring about a couple of the characters, so it must've done something more right than most films nevertheless.
Rated 12 Jul 2008
58
28th
Not a patch on the original.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
66
51st
For those of you who didn't like the ending of the first movie, here is the second try.
Rated 18 Sep 2019
80
79th
This being a sequel doesn't quite have the edge of the first film but it does still have a good sense of momentum. The plot may be a bit cheesy but I certainly enjoyed watching the local kids from town follow Rocky while he trained through the streets. I also found the inevitable match towards the end of the film surprisingly gripping and I would say its an engrossing watch by the end, so I would recommend it, yes.
Rated 07 Oct 2012
75
55th
better than the first movie.
Rated 29 Oct 2023
60
39th
While the first movie was a subtle commentary on the state of the republic, this one turns into a revenge porn too quickly, leaving aside all the surprisingly neorealist observations of the former.
Rated 06 Apr 2009
88
91st
Honestly, I liked this just as much as the first Rocky. It truly does feel like Part II of an epic two-part Saga
Rated 08 Apr 2009
60
51st
Decent sequel, more drama than the first and the fight scene is kinda boring, so yeah.
Rated 11 Nov 2015
82
63rd
A rocky start but with a solid ending this movie is the reigning champ. I loved how the start of this movie was the very last couple minutes of the first film, getting fans caught up if you forgot what happened at the end of the first Rocky. I also liked how they showed what money and fame can do to a person and how newly minted athletes really should hire a financial adviser or take some personal finance classes...
Rated 01 Dec 2007
56
25th
An overrated series of movies, in my opinion.
Rated 10 Mar 2019
68
66th
A crowd pleasing sequel that muddies the message of the original and by doing so paved the way for a whole slew of sequels that would strain credibility. Sly's direction is competent, if unspectacular, and the characters are still likeable, even if their interactions don't feel as fresh the second time. The final fight between Apollo and Rocky is well choreographed and packs a genuine wallop, but its emphasis on spectacle set the stage for the silliness that would later define the series.
Rated 24 Feb 2008
81
82nd
You have to admit that this movie has something special. In one way, it continues the story of this big mouth Rocky Balboa and his shy wife, but the characters evolved through th first two films. Rocky is vulnerable and doubts about everything up till his very existence. We have some great emotional moments and even the ending fight, however quite similar to the first Rocky fight, is a perfect fight and it's brought technically skilled, with this raw quick movements and great slowmotions!
Rated 04 Mar 2007
74
34th
A sufficient sequel however thsi plot driven sequel seems to ask a bit more than the available cast can deliver.
Rated 09 Aug 2013
77
70th
This was an interesting story, seeing Rocky go from being beaten and retired to going back and taking the fight to Creed. There was some goofy drama, but that was balanced out by not having much of Paulie being an ass. The training montage in this one might be a bit better than in Rocky I. The chicken catching thing has been made fun of so many times that it was interesting to see it here. The end fight with Apollo was appropriately intense. Overall, this was a solid sequel.
Rated 28 Jul 2008
78
30th
Not my type of film but not bad.
Rated 19 Jan 2008
75
67th
It's not as classic as the first Rocky, but it maintains the spirit and finally makes Balboa the champion with a belt that everyone knew he deserved the first time out.
Rated 04 May 2019
60
26th
Rocky Balboa: "Yo, Adrian! I did it!"
Rated 29 Dec 2016
78
48th
B
Rated 24 Nov 2014
64
41st
* Casting, Acting : 6.5 * Script : 6.5 * Directing, Aura : 6.5 * Ease of Viewing : 5.5 * Naked Eye : 7
Rated 28 Mar 2021
61
21st
This movie takes all that made Rocky I great and pushes it too far. Almost cartoonish. Still it's an OK movie.
Rated 28 Jul 2008
95
97th
Sly is unbeatable at this genre.
Rated 20 Mar 2007
50
34th
After all these year's, whitey's finally on top.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
72
41st
This time Rocky wins. Hooray.
Rated 19 Sep 2008
78
28th
good
Rated 03 May 2007
50
33rd
Actually improves on the first one, though that's not saying much. As a character study it works pretty well, but then they have to get back to boxing and ruin everything. Did I mention that I just don't dig the Rockhead series at all?
Rated 23 Aug 2019
68
51st
Has its moments but overall much sloppier in every respect than the first one
Rated 01 Mar 2011
89
25th
gut
Rated 26 Aug 2017
78
50th
Do watch. The film shows how Rocky moves up in life and how his world changes...
Rated 02 May 2007
100
98th
Everything about the first one that you love is deepened immeasurably in the second one.
Rated 04 Feb 2021
75
65th
rvw. it was kinda funnier. they upped him seeming like he had brain damage, made adrian a pushover again. some cheesy romance. better trainer stuff. fight was done worse except the slomo. this one just feels better, and i loved apollo needing the rematch and going for the KO and rocky not wanting the southpaw trick, and asking if he gave him his best. the eye and stance thing coulda been handled way better in the fight lol
Rated 29 Sep 2021
69
55th
Rocky II is the movie I used to recall when I thought I was thinking of Rocky and here you can see the formula of the future franchise being established .... initial setback and doubts, a reason to fight emerges, training montage and then a back and forth fight until ultimate victory. Weathers is a great adversary and the final bout is pretty epic.
Rated 26 Nov 2009
82
61st
Has the best boxing fight of all 6 films.
Rated 20 Apr 2014
76
53rd
76.000
Rated 21 Sep 2010
9
91st
never trust anybody who doesn't get the Rocky movies
Rated 30 Dec 2010
60
48th
A watchable sequel in which Stallone still gives a great performance as well as the rest of the cast. Interesting enough story, but it kind of lacked the oomph the first movie had.
Rated 16 Apr 2013
67
37th
Enjoyable for the most part but not particularly interesting or memorable. Rocky never blocking his face from incoming punches and getting punched in the face so many times makes the actual boxing sequences look pretty unrealistic, this has been a problem in the first film as well.
Rated 14 Aug 2010
65
30th
Amusing
Rated 17 May 2011
80
89th
Sylvester Stallone jumped in director's chair to direct the sequel to his breakthrough award winning script for Rocky, this time delivering a much different atmosphere but telling an equally engaging and inspiring story. Stallone and Shire give repeated standout performances as the lovable Rocky and Adrian. Rocky II definitely stands alongside Rocky and is arguably the best film of the six.
Rated 12 Jul 2014
100
0th
what is he made of rocks or sumptin
Rated 21 Nov 2021
70
46th
Top badass moment? God sorting it all out. After a first hour that's less interesting than visiting the annual International Festival of Magnolia Paint, we finally get to the “Win” scene and what we’ve all been waiting for, the training montage. After that, everything's the same as the first film; the disgusting, grey tracksuit is back, along with space rocket man, Rocky’s unfunny jokes and way too much focus on meat. Strangely, it all kind of works. No cats, chainsaws or decapitations.
Rated 18 Feb 2010
60
30th
The only thing I remember is how completely mediocre it was. Essentially rehashes Rocky 1 without letting us in on anything new about the characters.
Rated 22 Nov 2023
40
6th
Considering how little I cared for the first one, I don't know why I bothered with this one. Maybe I thought I was missing something? But anyways, this is basically more of the same. It's a total snoozefest until the big fight in the finale. I mean, it's a decent fight. But not worth watching the rest of the movie for.
Rated 01 Aug 2009
80
55th
Really good follow up.
Rated 11 Aug 2007
10
14th
He SAID there wasn't gonna be a rematch. Too bad he changed his mind. Not inept but who needs it?
Rated 09 Jun 2008
99
96th
One of my all-time favs
Rated 16 Jan 2010
55
77th
classic
Rated 31 Jul 2009
68
63rd
A fairly strong follow up to the excellent original.
Rated 07 May 2009
10
15th
Really dumb.
Rated 09 Apr 2012
60
18th
Kind of just a retread of the first movie without any of the stuff that made that movie good. The third one is at least goofy as fuck. This one just isn't that interesting.
Rated 31 May 2009
84
40th
It's Rocky. Annoying characters. Solid Cast. They hit each other.
Rated 15 Jan 2015
95
97th
I think fighting is worse. Whole is ok. Music can be better suited in fighting.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
71st
I likes me some Rocky.
Rated 09 Nov 2019
80
90th
Great Rocky movie. This is where he has the rematch with Appolo Creed. The black guy there who was in Happy Gilmour as the black caddie with a wooden arm.
Rated 27 Dec 2006
80
63rd
Good movie. It's not my favorite in the series, but it does give us the "WIN ROCKY WIN" shirt.
Rated 01 Jul 2011
89
75th
De las mejoressss
Rated 26 Oct 2007
76
55th
This movie is worse than the first one, but has a few nice moments.
Rated 21 Feb 2007
50
35th
Not bad.
Rated 26 Dec 2008
50
38th
Like in the first film, I just can't stand the ridiculously lengthy build-up. I mean, we've got almost 90 minutes of nothing leading up to about 20 minutes of fighting here. This is just the first film all over again, and while it's entertaining it's hard not to fault it for that. I get that it has a focus on character building, but what I don't get is how Rocky is an interesting enough character to warrant so much of it. Once it does get to the fighting, it's fantastic, but there's not enough.
Rated 20 Feb 2010
70
25th
A respectable sequel but this series lost my interest soon after when Stallone ran this character into the ground.....yawn.
Rated 25 Jun 2020
91
96th
Not as subtle or "deep" as the first. But god is it satisfying. The ending is just so brilliant. Don't understand why they didn't end it there; I suppose Rocky Balboa made up for the endless sequels...barely
Rated 23 Jul 2010
80
66th
80.250
Rated 20 Feb 2010
65
33rd
Kinda boring. Maybe my least favorite of the Rocky Movies, but I do like when he tells the tiger he's getting married.

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