J. R. Jones
Anyone hoping the franchise might open out into new thematic territory will be disappointed; this is the same old ritual, from the amped-up training sequences to the climactic title fight with its absurd number of punches landed in every round.
It's an invigorating piece of nostalgia that fuels a bigger adrenaline rush with its climax than any big-budget blockbuster could provide.
Coogler keeps everything moving so gracefully that by the end of Creed, we almost don't know what hit us.
Whether the credit goes to the director or the actor or both, this is the performance of Stallone's career, one in which that age-defying orange body stays covered up but his sadness is in full view.
The film is full of life and loose humor, and Creed often transcends the genre by playing with movie mythology.
Hot damn! Fruitvale Station director Coogler, 29, turbocharges the Rocky franchise. Jordan is stellar. And so irresistible is Stallone's blend of tough and tender that Oscar should give him points. Yo, Academy!
Not even Rocky can deliver a line like, "It's you against you; he's just in the ring" without sounding ridiculous
It's a hell of a movie, a funny mix of corn and street: street corn.
Creed stirs emotions with a strong yet artful hand.