New Creed Movie Received Mostly Positive Reviews From Major Critics

New Creed Movie Received Mostly Positive Reviews From Major Critics

Warner Bros. Pictures released their new drama/sport flick, “Creed,” into theaters this past Wednesday, November 25th, and all the top, major movie critics have turned in their reviews. It turns out that most of them were very pleased with it, giving it an overall 82 score out of a possible 100 score across 40 reviews at the site.

The film stars: Michael B. Jordan, Phylicia Rashad, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson. We’ve posted comments from a couple of the critics,below.

Mick LaSalle over at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a great 100 score, stating: “Rocky might not be the brightest guy, but he knows things. He has his limitations, but he is, in his own way, extraordinary, and when we look at his/Stallone’s face, we can have no doubt that Rocky has gone through life and learned things. He has been awake all these years, and growing. With no exaggeration, this is a beautiful and moving thing to see.”

A.O. Scott from The New York Times, gave it a 100 grade too, saying: “Creed is a dandy piece of entertainment, soothingly old-fashioned and bracingly up-to-date.”

Odie Henderson at, gave it a 100 score. He stated: “There are as many quietly effective moments as there are stand-up-and-cheer moments, and they’re all handled with skill and dexterity on both sides of the camera.”

Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 91 grade. He said: “In the end it’s a movie about legacy, and it more than preserves the Rocky franchise’s. It reminds you why it was great in the first place.”

Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal, gave it a 90 score stating: “Many of the boxing genre’s conventions are observed in the screenplay by Mr. Coogler and Aaron Covington, and the fight sequences are brutally effective…. But the film is full of life and loose humor…and Creed often transcends the genre by playing with movie mythology.”

Kenneth Turan over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 90 grade, saying: “Coogler and company do fine work convincing us against our better judgment that nothing we see is preordained, that anything can happen within the four corners of the ring. You can’t ask a “Rocky” film to do more than that.”

Lou Lumenick from the New York Post, gave it an 88 score. He stated: “One of the year’s warmest and most crowd-pleasing surprises.”

Tom Russo from the Boston Globe, gave it an 88 grade, saying: “After a long, long stretch in which the series’ attrition had come to feel like even more of a bummer than intended — no more Mickey, no Apollo, no Adrian — the franchise has welcome new life. But instead of going by Rocky, he goes by Creed.”

Brian Truitt from USA Today, gave it an 88 score, stating: “Equally powerful and feel-good, Creed is an entertaining reminder that this franchise isn’t down for the count yet.”

Richard Roeper over at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it an 88 grade, stating: “Thanks to a charismatic, natural performance from star-in-the-making Michael B. Jordan, a script from writer-director Ryan Coogler that expertly navigates paying tribute to the franchise while creating an effective stand-alone film and fine work from Stallone…Creed is a terrific addition to the “Rocky” canon.”

Michael Phillips over at the Chicago Tribune, gave it an 88 score. He stated: “Half the film, written by Coogler and Aaron Covington, revels in cliches, skillfully. The other half sidesteps them and concentrates on scenes and relationships that breathe easily and draw us in the hard way: not by narrative fiat or bald calculation, but through well-written and shrewdly acted encounters.”

Joe Dziemianowicz over at the New York Daily News, gave it an 80 grade. He stated: “Creed packs a mighty punch.”

Andre Barker from Variety, gave it an 80 score, stating: “With his “Rocky” spinoff, Creed, 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, and providing actor Michael B. Jordan with yet another substantial stepping stone on his climb to stardom.”

Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, gave it a 75 grade, saying: “The good news is that Coogler puts his own stamp on it. You can feel this fine indie talent stretching his wings in the mainstream.”

Todd McCarthy over at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 70 grade. He stated: “Sylvester Stallone doesn’t get back in the ring in Creed, but he still comes away as a big winner in this far-fetched but likeable offshoot of the geriatric Rocky series.”

Lastly, Robert Abelle over at TheWrap, gave it a 55 grade, saying: “Instead of playing like the first of a series of Adonis Creed movies, Creed never rises above being one more by-the-numbers “Rocky” retread.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.

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