Stallone’s New Movie Creed Getting all the Buzz and Record Box Office Success
“Creed” Synopsis: Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died before Adonis was born. However, boxing is in his blood, so he seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and asks the retired champ to be his trainer. Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis, and agrees to mentor him, even as he battles an opponent deadlier than any in the ring. With Rocky’s help, Adonis soon gets a title shot, but whether he has the true heart of a fighter remains to be seen.
Creed is a dandy piece of entertainment, soothingly old-fashioned and bracingly up-to-date. A. O. Scott·New York Times
Coogler keeps everything moving so gracefully that by the end of Creed, we almost don’t know what hit us.
It’s easy to forget what a phenomenon Rocky Balboa once was, and what a formidable actor and writer Sylvester Stallone proved to be. For those who remember, “Creed” will be a special treat. Joe Morgenstern·Wall Street Journal
Creed applies its clear formula with grit and determination, making a would-be crowdpleaser like Southpaw look all the more rote in its gritty posturing.
Jesse Hassenger·A.V. Club
I wish they’d left the profanity and sexual nods on the mat right along with the sweat and the blood. But there’s something undeniably affirming and upright about the rest of this.
Bob Hoose·Plugged In
The name on the title card may have changed, but the Rocky legacy is alive and thriving in Creed.
Kofi Outlaw·Screen Rant
Coming 39 years after the original film, Creed is a necessary reinvention, one that makes helpful tweaks to an old formula.
David Sims·The Atlantic
Writer-director Ryan Coogler confirms every bit of promise he displayed in his 2013 debut, Fruitvale Station, offering a smart, kinetic, exhilaratingly well-crafted piece of mainstream filmmaking.
Creed represents a kind of Hollywood fantasy that doesn’t have to be specious, focusing on pride, determination, self-control, hard work, and forging one’s own identity.
Here, Rocky takes on the role of the pugilistic seer, a punch-drunk Yoda given to uttering such pearls of wisdom as “One step, one punch,” as he squints at his young protegee.
Michael O’Sullivan·Washington Post