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Rocky V

5/10
Sport . Drama
 

A lifetime of taking shots has ended Rocky's career, and a crooked accountant has left him broke. Inspired by the memory of his trainer, however, Rocky finds glory in training and takes on an up-and-coming boxer.

 
Actors: Burt Young , Talia Shire , Sylvester Stallone , Delia Sheppard , Jimmy Gambina , Tony Burton , Richard Gant , Tommy Morrison , Burgess Meredith , Sage Stallone
Directors: John G. Avildsen
Country: USA
Release: 1990-11-16
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  • 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.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Janet Maslin

    Rocky V takes him out of his gilded cage and back to the director (John G. Avildsen), the settings and the underdog's outlook that made him famous in the first place. It's a smart move. There's life in the old boy yet.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • 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.

    Empire Full Review
  • 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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    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.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Desson Howe

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rita Kempley

    The only good thing you can say about "Rocky V" is that at least Stallone has the sense to throw in the towel.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • 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]

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Janet Maslin

    Rocky V takes him out of his gilded cage and back to the director (John G. Avildsen), the settings and the underdog's outlook that made him famous in the first place. It's a smart move. There's life in the old boy yet.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    This sweetly downtrodden, punch-drunk Rocky is often appealing to watch. Yet as a character, he doesn’t have much drive — and neither, I’m afraid, does the movie.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
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