Parents' Guide to

Rocky Balboa

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Rocky's back, with new energy -- but same story.

Movie PG 2006 102 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 11+

Solid boxing sequences.

When this film came out I was like are you kidding?! Oh come on! But the reviews were good and I can see why. Setting new records of awesomeness, it is not, however it is an entertaining film that mines it's lore for all the sentimental feel-goods that we are accustomed to in a Rocky film. Stallone of course is believable in the unbelievable and the boxing scenes alone are worth the price of admission.
age 18+

Not as great as the originals

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (14 ):

While this reboot is corny and predictable (following the same basic plotline as the others), it also offers an intelligent assessment of what makes Rocky so compelling. While Stallone has famously tried to break free of Rocky, with this movie he seems to grapple earnestly with the dilemma that the character presents. It's not a great film, but it is an intelligent, insightful movie about greatness.

The film actually references a controversial statue commissioned by Stallone for Rocky III, which was briefly installed atop the Art Museum steps, derided by many as a "movie prop" and eventually removed to the Wachovia Spectrum. The statue, like the reenactments by fans that close Rocky Balboa, speaks to Rocky Balboa's enduring appeal -- his awkwardness and banality, as well as his timelessness.

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