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Rocky IV

Drama . Sport

Rocky must come out of retirement to battle a gargantuan Soviet fighter named Drago, who brutally punished Rocky's friend and former rival, Apollo Creed. Seeking revenge in the name of his fallen comrade and his country, Rocky agrees to fight Drago in Moscow on Christmas, and the bout changes both fighters -- and the world.

Actors: Sylvester Stallone , Talia Shire , Burt Young , Carl Weathers , Brigitte Nielsen , Tony Burton , Michael Pataki , Dolph Lundgren , Stu Nahan , R. J. Adams
Directors: Sylvester Stallone
Country: USA
Release: 1985-11-27
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  • Gene Siskel

    Whereas Stallone with "Rambo" is messing around with real places and real events, in Rocky IV we all know that this is pure Hollywood, pure fantasy. And very well made Hollywood fantasy, indeed.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jay Boyar

    The film is a slugger that keeps hitting you with one obvious image after another. Funny thing, though: Obviousness is sometimes effective. If Rocky IV doesn't kill you, it'll conquer you.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Rocky IV is movie-making by the numbers. Even the climactic fight scene isn't as exciting as it should be, maybe because we know with a certainty born of long experience how it will turn out.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    Beyond its visceral appeal, Rocky IV is truly the worst of the lot, though Stallone himself is more personable in this one and that helps.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jack Kroll

    In this tetralogical effort, writer-director-star Stallone has succumbed to the old one-two of silliness and cynicism. [9 Dec 1985, p.92]

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Janet Maslin

    The comforting sameness of all the ''Rockys'' and the overbearing star quality of Mr. Stallone in his lovable-lug incarnation may well make Rocky IV another hit. But when it flashes back to its antecedents, particularly to the original ''Rocky'' with its bashful heroine and self-effacing star, it becomes clear how bloated and hollow the story has become.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ian Nathan

    The jingoism is blindingly awful, but by the time of the showdown, the film has descended into an unaware parody of itself.

    Empire Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    Rocky IV is a far cry from the delights (both large and small) of its illustrious original.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Richard Schickel

    A scant hour and a half long, padded with clips from earlier Rocky pictures, adding nothing to his mythic, let alone human dimensions, it lacks even the primitive suspense and crude capacity to release underdog emotions that permitted its predecessors to conquer one's better judgment.

    Time Full Review
  • Sheila Benson

    This is grim and witless storytelling, and what makes it so depressing is that it hasn't improved by so much as a chemical trace since the days of the first "Rocky."

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
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