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Reviews: Creed (2015)

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  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: E’ cinema vecchio stile, certo, incapace di uno sguardo davvero personale sulla realtà e poco interessato a mostrare la distanza tra la Philadelphia del 1976 e quella di oggi.
  • [New – 2/4/16] | José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: El púgil más entrañable del cine no da para más sobre un ring, así que la franquicia busca expandirse con esta nueva fábula marrullera, charlatana y pasada de rosca. Pero te queremos igual, Rocky.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Creed’ is the best ‘Rocky’ picture since the 1976 original, and the one that most directly recalls it, in both narrative and tone. And on top of all that, it’s its own great, singular achievement, outside of the considerable iconography.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Creed no tan solo funciona como una carta de amor a la serie completa de Rocky, sino que se abre su propio camino lleno de infinitas posibilidades. Creed es el ejemplo perfecto de como lograr correctamente un spin-off – uno que rinde respeto y tributo, mientras que trae el pasado hacia al presente. Desde la energética dirección de Coogler, hasta la combinación 1-2 de Michael B. Jordan y Sylvester Stallone, Creed te dejará aplaudiendo en el cine y con una sonrisa permanente al salir de la sala.
  • Robert Cashill @ Popdose
  • Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine
    • Excerpt: CREED defies our expectations of its genre even as it fulfills them. You may not see a better crowd-pleaser this season.
  • Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows
    • Excerpt: When the Rocky fanfare blasts on the soundtrack your tear ducts will be well and truly KO’d.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: There’s an added poignancy to Stallone’s role given that Rocky’s life has, intentionally or not, so often mirrored the arc of Stallone’s career.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “Creed,” which actually centers on Apollo Creed’s out-of-wedlock son Adonis (Michael B. Jordan), is the best movie stemming from Sylvester Stallone’s iconic brainchild since the original “Rocky” in 1976. Exciting, moving, sometimes humorous, this movie, modestly budgeted by modern Hollywood standards, is the first “Rocky” movie to really evoke the emotional response of the Capra-esque original since the original.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Creed cares about these men as much as they care about each other. That comes through loud and clear, with a gut-punch degree of poignancy.
  • Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando … [Portuguese]
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Albeit familiar, this redemptive spinoff is a crowd-pleaser. Sylvester Stallone could even be a Best Supporting Actor Oscar contender. Wouldn’t that be a knockout punch?
  • [New – 2/4/16] | Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Creed is a tried and true formula. It has worked before and I’m happy to report it works again.
  • Steve Katz @ The Alpha Primitive
    • Excerpt: Make no mistake, this is still one of the better examples of an inspirational sports film in recent years, up there with entrants like Miracle and Warrior, and there is not much fault to find here. But there is an undeniable sense of diminishing returns that is always at play in films like this, and try as it might, Creed does not quite have the escape velocity to break orbit.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Dripping of the blood, sweat and tears of a true fighter, “Creed” stands on its own with the same stand-up-and-cheer spirit as its 39-year-old forefather.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristen Lopez @ Cinema Sentries
    • Excerpt: Creed ranks as one of the top films in the Rocky franchise while creating a beautiful new road to travel.
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: A rousing return to the ‘Rocky’ franchise.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Triumphant and crowd-pleasing, and cheesy in all the most perfect ways, Creed is about family and friendship, and though it doesn’t break the mold, it’s everything you want from a Rocky movie, and much more.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
    • Excerpt: While Coogler embraces the Hollywood boxing aesthetic with flourish, he still finds a way to elevate the material into a worthwhile story with the independent sensibility that made his Fruitvale Station a hit. Stallone has never been better as he goes through the ringer of old age to match Jordan’s immense talent at each turn.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: A not-so-Rocky road…
  • Ben Nicholson @ CineVue
    • Excerpt: Creed: a great new entry into the Rocky franchise that submits to the formula and lands almost every punch.
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
  • Kristy Puchko @ Pajiba, Comic Book Resources
    • Excerpt: Beautifully shot, brilliantly acted, smartly written and suavely directed, it’s a gorgeous film about adversity, triumph, family and the dignity that can be found in defeat. It’s exactly the kind of big, bold movie we crave in awards season, and it’s finally here to knock you out.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Creed is one of the most beautiful sequels I’ve ever seen. It contains a lot of the dark corners that made the original so special. It’s human, it has heart and it moves with the flow of real life. It has an agenda that seems to be more than just to ride the coattails a famous series – and remember this is the seventh movie! We see real characters on the screen. We feel for their plight. We love these people. We want the best for them. Most of all, we want the film to fall out of the shadow of its predecessors and show us something new. That’s the best part, director Ryan Coogler isn’t satisfied to let the film lay on its side and just purr with nostalgia, he wants this story to breathe with a life and energy all its own.
  • Courtney Small @ Cinema Axis
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Proves that there’s life in the old Italian Stallion yet…if you doubted that the ‘Rocky’ franchise could use still another episode, ‘Creed’ should make you a believer.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Creed might be a crowd-pleaser, but it’s a crackerjack one.
Updated: February 4, 2016 — 10:52 pm
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