Excerpt: It’s no Creed, and fits more in line among traditional Rocky sequels, it still retains all the elements that make a good Rocky sequel, while still furthuring the new characters into compelling and emotionally resonant directions.
Excerpt: Adonis Creed and Rocky Balboa return to the ring in Creed II, featuring a rematch against a familiar foe who manages to open old war wounds. With excellent performances from the entire cast, the two boxers fight for more than just the championship belt and the adoration of the public, but also against the ghosts of their past, haunted by the ramifications of bygone decisions.
Excerpt: Can’t quite manage to continue the first film’s smart, unsentimental examination of male emotion and men’s relationships. At best achieves a draw with a genre path that is already extremely well worn.
Excerpt: The franchise wheel keeps on turning. Creed II holds up its end of the recycled Rocky IV bargain with an insecure Michael B. Jordon, engaging boxing matches, and iconic training montages, but nobody will blame you if you sit this one out knowing you already saw a perfectly adequate version back in ’85.
Excerpt: The fights are brutal and suspenseful and the acting stellar across the board, but it’s not enough to disguise the fact that it’s a house of cards. While that reality used to be okay, I expected more this time around.
Excerpt: Creed II almost knocked me down by playing into its worst instincts as far as story direction, but the film picked me back up with its delivery. It shows the further evolution of Adonis, without losing track of the supporting characters.