Rocky V

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  • Summary: Upon returning home from his latest triumph, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) 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 (Talia Shire) and hisUpon returning home from his latest triumph, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) 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 (Talia Shire) and his son Rocky Jr. (Sage Stallone) 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 (Tommy Morrison), 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. [MGM] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    88
    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. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Gene Siskel
    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]
  3. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    70
    In Rocky V, the fifth and presumably last episode of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa saga, the writer-star once again contrives a way to make his hulking, sad-eyed gladiator the underdog. And we get whiffs of funkiness and humanity stirring around for the first time since the original Rocky. [16 Nov 1990, p.1]
  4. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Though a tacked-on fisticuffs finale has its charms, it rather contradicts the preceding. Mere subtleties are beyond Stallone and returning Rocky I director John G. Avildsen. [16 Nov 1990, p.4D]
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Beattie
    60
    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. John G. Avildsen directs Stallone's primitive script with the corn it calls for, hoping to distract from the simplicity with a few fancy montages, and does a fairly good job with the climactic slugfest; but the dramatic moves are so obvious and shopworn that not even.
  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: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 6 out of 16
  1. Sep 28, 2013
    10
    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 knowFor 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. NerijusD
    Oct 4, 2009
    9
    Rocky getting back to his roots and learning to appreciate life.
  3. GregS
    Oct 16, 2008
    6
    It's the last 20 minutes that if finally kicks off.
  4. 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! Expand
  5. Dec 30, 2015
    3
    As weak as it being part of the franchise and as weak as it being a film alone, Rocky V will call Rocky to retire his job at making thisAs weak as it being part of the franchise and as weak as it being a film alone, Rocky V will call Rocky to retire his job at making this movie. At least he comes back better 16 years later. Expand
  6. Oct 16, 2012
    3
    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 setIts 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
  7. May 25, 2012
    0
    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 RockyDefinitely 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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