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 310 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 138
  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. Aug 28, 2014
    I swore for years I would never watch a single Rocky movie: they're not my type, and I could not dislike Stallone any more than I do.

    ever since I got interested in Milo Ventimiglia, I could no longer avoid this final part of the series. The others I won't bother to watch.

    To my surprise, the movie was rather good. The growth of the plot was predictable, there was nothing surprising there - and then again, Stallone's performance was rather good. Like a man who has been hit in the head one too many times, but who still cares. The relationship between father and son (Stallone/Ventimiglia) grew from ragged to whole. The change was perhaps a little too swift, but then again, that was not the point in the movie the makers wanted to highlight, I suppose.

    The big fight in the end, which was the goal of the whole movie, wasn't something spectacular. Realistic, yes, but that's about it. Once you've seen something like that, you've seen them all.

    Great words about fighting and never giving up, though. Inspirational.
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  3. 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 »