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Rocky IV (1985)



Critic Consensus: Rocky IV inflates the action to absurd heights, but it ultimately rings hollow thanks to a story that hits the same basic beats as the first three entries in the franchise.

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Stallone is back for the fourth time (as Rocky) when an invincible computer-trained Soviet boxer kills his friend in a one-sided bout. Rocky must get ready for one more impossible bout against a clobbering cluck who probably couldn't get his own grandma to root for him. Even though there is probably never any real doubt as to the outcome, this film will likely have viewers on their chairs' edges one more time.

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Sylvester Stallone
as Rocky Balboa
Dolph Lundgren
as Captain Ivan Drago
Burt Young
as Paulie
Carl Weathers
as Apollo Creed
Brigitte Nielsen
as Ludmilla Vobet Drago
Michael Pataki
as Nicoli Koloff
Barry Tompkins
as American Commentator
Betancourth Daniel Brown
as Rocky Jr.'s Friend
James Brown (II)
as The Godfather of Soul
R.J. Adams
as Sports Announcer
Mark Delessandro
as Russian Cornerman
Al Bandiero
as American Commentator
Marty Denkin
as Russian Referee
Lou Filippo
as Las Vegas Referee
Dean Hammond
as Interviewer
Mark de Alessandro
as Russian Cornerman
Rocky Krakoff
as Rocky Jr.
Sergei Levin
as Russian Ring Announcer
Sylvia Meals
as Mrs. Creed
Dwayne McGee
as Limo Driver
LeRoy Neiman
as Ring Announcer
George Pipaski
as Caretaker
George Rogan
as Igor Rimsky
Warner Wolf
as Commentator
Richard Blum
as Reporter
Ray Glanzmann
as Reporter
Robert Doornick
as Sico the Robot
Rose Dursey
as Reporter
Leslie Morris
as Reporter
Julio Herzer
as Reporter
Rolf Williams
as Reporter
Gerald Berns
as Reporter
Julie Inouye
as Reporter
Jean Thoreau
as Reporter
Jeff Austin
as Reporter
Bob Giovanne
as Reporter
Stu Nahan
as Commentator #1
Dominic Barto
as Russian Government Official
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Critic Reviews for Rocky IV

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (15)

Say what you like about the original Rocky, at least it was about something -- a sweet pug up against the system, and in love with a dowd. Rocky IV appears to be an epic about Sylvester Stallone's penchant for self-abuse.

December 2, 2018 | Full Review…

'Rocky IV' still stands, not as a highlight of the series (certainly not that) but as a quintessential artifact of mid-'80s studio filmmaking: soulless, flag-waving, soundtrack-blasting Product.

April 30, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

May 13, 2015 | Full Review…

[Stallone] creates credible villains worthy of his heroic character.

May 13, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

May 13, 2015 | Full Review…

The new film's narrative is stripped down to essentials, which gives it an emblematic quality.

May 13, 2015

Audience Reviews for Rocky IV

This jingoistic stupidity was obviously made to show the Americans overthrowing the Russians during the Cold War, but what is even worse is that in the end it seems like nothing more than a ridiculous montage of music video clips without any passion or good drama.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

While starting out on a better note than any of the previous films, "Rocky IV" feels more of the same. Redemption and friendship just like the third instalment. Once a friendship has to come to an end, motivation is at it's highest peak. It seems like an easy way to continue a film, but it's extremely effective. Most of this film is about training and less of relationship and character development, but in the end, the series always did need a little more of that. I just wish they didn't have to wait until this film, which is the only reason the film was made. The shortest film in the series is based on training, which means after the build-up at the beginning, it is a pretty thinly written script. I enjoyed watching this film, but besides a few key moments, it's kind of dry. The final fight is awesome though!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Rocky IV, no doubt, has its motivational and somewhat inspirational moments during its climatic scenes, but it is knocked down by its inconsistent direction and cheesy cliched montages. This fourth installment does induce some patriotism (Cold War era) but doesn't fully satisfy or have the "eye of the tiger" 3.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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