Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Dean Essner - Entertainment Weekly
A sloppy but good-natured reminder of just what it is that has kept Rocky Balboa afloat for 14 years.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
In Rock V, the underdog is officially diagnosed as 'brain damaged.' Yo. So what else is new?
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
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.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
The dramatic moves are so obvious and shopworn that not even the star's mournful basset-hound expressions can redeem them.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Dean Essner - Variety
Time to hang up the boxing gloves, ol' Rocky.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
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.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Much-maligned but sporadically effective...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Rocky loses his fortune, moves back to the old neighborhood and neglects his son while training an ultimately ungrateful young boxer. A manufactured attempt to capture the spirit of the original. What's intended as high drama is cloying and silly.
Chuck O'Leary - FulvueDrive-in.com
Whereas the first and far superior Rocky had real heart, this tries and fails to have brains.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Michael Szymanski - International Press Academy
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Clint Morris - Film Threat
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
An embarassment to brain-damaged boxers and their wussy sons everywhere.
Martin Scribbs - Low IQ Canadian
Goes the distance as a parable about what is really means to have heart.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Josh Gilchrist - Billings Outpost (Montana)
They should-a stopped at IV.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Nicolas Lacroix - Showbizz.net
Elias Savada - Nitrate Online
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Even Stallone seems to be sleepier than usual here.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Like watching some favourite relative die, Stallone subjects the viewer to a miserable and pathetic end for such an enduring character.
Almar Haflidason - BBC