Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Bell
    The acting in the film is grade-A, with Stallone bringing the more mumbled Rocky from the first film spliced with some rousing inspirational monologues when the moment is right (not forced, not preachy… just perfect).
  2. It's not so much a sequel or even a remake for a new generation of moviegoers as it's a retranslation for the old one: an irresistible statement that "Yo, life ain't over till it's over."
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 301 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 137
  1. Dec 10, 2012
    Who would have ever believed that Rocky VI would be good?! Oh how we laughed at Stallone's desperation! Then we saw the movie. Rocky Balboa is the best Rocky movie by FAR and is one of my favorite movies of all time. It makes me cry and feel unbelievably happy every time I see it. Absolutely perfect! Full Review »
  2. Apr 17, 2014
    The wonder and awe of the Rocky movies is the fact that even 30 years after the first movie's release, the series still feels revitalized and rejuvenated. Watching Rocky Balboa, nostalgia of the first movie will hit you like a wave, but it's a wave you'll enjoy riding. Full Review »
  3. Jan 1, 2014
    As someone who has sat through all of the Rocky movies, there was no better, more emotional way to bring the entire legend of Rocky to retirement. A roller coaster of emotion and a nostalgic nod to the seasoned Rocky fans this conclusion really couldn't have been more well done, plenty of heart and plenty of spirit, that's what Rocky is all about. Full Review »