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  • Summary: The "Italian Stallion" rediscovers his roots. Upon returning home from his latest triumph, Rocky Balboa learns that all his money has been lost by an unscrupulous financial advisor. To make matters worse, his fight-related injuries force his retirement from the ring. So Rocky, his wife Adrian and his son Rocky Jr. move to their old, low-rent neighborhood in South Philadelphia. There, the fighter must resolve the deep-rooted resentment held by his son, a bitterness that grows when Rocky trains Tommy Gunn, a young boxer who soon rises to national prominence. When Tommy turns against his mentor and publicly taunts him, Rocky knows he must fight once more. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    I didn't think there was a drop left in this formula, but Sylvester Stallone has reached down, gone into the well, pulled himself up from the mat and found the strength within to come back with one last Rocky movie that's better than all the other sequels and almost as good as the original. [16 Nov 1990, p.E1]
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    For the most part, the "Rocky" pictures have been outstanding entertainments, beautifully crafted and executed, and Rocky V is an important and worthwhile addition to the series.
  3. 75
    What is undeniably good about Rocky V is that our working-class hero returns to the grimy neighborhood from which he sprang. Seeing a more slender, "street" Rocky is a refreshing change of pace from the muscle-bound champ of Parts 3 and 4. [16 Nov 1990, p.C]
  4. Rocky V, for all its faults, is not awful. It is inferior to the charmingly naive, Cinderella-in-sweat-pants opener of 14 years ago, but it's far superior to every other overdetermined installment. [21 Nov 1990, p.C1]
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Beattie
    Bemused out of the ring and brutal in it, Rocky has always been an uncomfortable hero, and it says something for Stallone's skill as a writer that he's been able to keep him going this long. Given the restrictions of the formula, Rocky V is a fitting — even graceful — way to finally hang up the gloves.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    When the underdog always wins he's not much of an underdog anymore, and the narrative cartwheels Sylvester Stallone has turned over the years to put Rocky in that position have peeled away the novelty.
  7. 10
    The only good thing you can say about "Rocky V" is that at least Stallone has the sense to throw in the towel.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Sep 28, 2013
    For true Rocky fans I feel they get it. Yes its hard to compare to Rocky 4 but in my opinion that is the best in the franchise. Now I know everyone wanted to see Rocky traing then in tue ring which could have easily beendone but they decided to go in a differnt direction. In Rocky one he was a loan shark with no money this movie returns Rocky to his roots and "the Duke" even says Rocky is a street fighter which he was. The point of the movie was what Adrian says in the street he's not Mickey and Tommy is not Rocky because he doesn't hhave his heart. The best line is when pauly gets knocked downbin the bar and Rocky says You knocked him down why dont you try and knock me down!" And Mickey telling him he has one more round and he didn't hear a bell speaks to Rocky's heart and it gives me goose bumps. This movie was panned by critics but what do they know? In closing if you dont watch every previous film then it wont have the same impact. Expand
  2. Aug 20, 2011
    I've only watched two Rocky movies so far, Rocky IV & V. And I definitely prefer IV than V. The movie is a bit dull at times but it's definitely worth a watch (even just for the last fight). By the way I would give Rocky IV 9/10. Expand
  3. Apr 16, 2014
    Rocky V has a tendency to drag a little bit, and the plot is a little bit muddled at first. But, Stallone is still at his best and his character still seems fresh the whole movie. Along with the addition of Rocky Jr. And Rocky's protégée, the movie receives some much-needed fuel, and ties up the Rocky movies pretty well (even if they cheated and made "Rocky Balboa" 16 years later). Expand
  4. Oct 16, 2012
    Its not as horrible as, say, Batman & Robin, but Rocky V is consistently disappoints me and I don't think that its worthy of the standard set by its predecessors. Yes, the previous two installments were a little corny, but they were genuine fun. The biggest issue I have with this one is that Rocky doesn't end up fighting in the ring. Expand
  5. Feb 6, 2014
    (Owen McKenna Rio Rancho, NM) Out of all the Rocky Movies this is my least favorite. I felt Stallone wanted to make a move and threw this one together. I see where he was trying to go with this movie, but I think it could have been better. Maybe I would have rated this higher if I didn't have the previous movies to compare it too.
    I rate Rocky the best, followed by Rocky II. Rocky III was OK Rocky IV was a little far fetched especially the ending. Rocky V did nothing for me.
  6. May 25, 2012
    Definitely the worst of all Rocky movies. The scenes were just bad and the acting is really weird. This is the dark cloud of the Rocky franchise............... Expand

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