Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    38
    By now, Rocky of the drooping eyes and damaged brain has turned guru, emphasizing heart, soul and family ties when the evil promoter starts goading him and playing mind games with his protege. Stallone, said to be following Arnold Schwarzenegger into comedy, is starting earlier than anyone realized. [16 Nov 1990, p.78]
  2. Reviewed by: Desson Howe
    30
    Despite Stallone's bantamweight attempts to insert, like, character into the fifth Rocky, it's the same old fight with the same old round of regulars. It seems silly wasting money on actors when the same could be achieved with Muppets. Rocky has little to do except shuffle around and mutter "cute" Rocky t'ings.
  3. 10
    The only good thing you can say about "Rocky V" is that at least Stallone has the sense to throw in the towel.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. GregS
    Oct 16, 2008
    6
    It's the last 20 minutes that if finally kicks off.
  2. Nov 22, 2014
    5
    Rocky V was one of the worst Rocky films. Everyone thought Rocky IV was stupid, but wait until you see the fifth installment. You'll startRocky V was one of the worst Rocky films. Everyone thought Rocky IV was stupid, but wait until you see the fifth installment. You'll start thinking Rocky IV was a masterpiece! Full Review »
  3. Aug 29, 2014
    4
    The Rocky franchise has carried itself in a particular fashion that has made it popular and profitable. I feel like Rocky V strayed from thatThe Rocky franchise has carried itself in a particular fashion that has made it popular and profitable. I feel like Rocky V strayed from that fashion. It claims to be an even further reach back into Rocky's roots as a street fighter and that that was a prominent part of his character all along when it really was never established in any of the other films except vaguely in the first Rocky. There is merit in the story, and a lot of heart involved in the struggle Rocky has in salvaging what's left of his life and providing for his family. It was a new direction that was just too far for me. Were it standing on its own I may think better of it but considering its prequels and sequel, this is the runt. Full Review »