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Creed brings the Rocky franchise off the mat for a surprisingly effective seventh round that extends the boxer's saga in interesting new directions while staying true to its classic predecessors' roots.



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Adonis Johnson Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of former heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, attempts to follow in his father's footsteps and become a boxing legend in his own right. Apollo died in the ring in the 1980s at the hand of Russian pugilist Ivan Drago, forcing Adonis to grow up without his dad in his life. The young man travels to Philadelphia to find his late father's nemesis-turned-best friend, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), in order to recruit him as a trainer. Balboa soon takes the young Creed under his wing and helps him get in shape for a shot at the title. Ryan Coogler directs this spin-off of the hugely successful Rocky franchise.


Michael B. Jordan
as Adonis Johnson
Sylvester Stallone
as Rocky Balboa
Phylicia Rashad
as Mary Anne Creed
Tony Bellew
as "Pretty" Ricky Conlan
Graham McTavish
as Tommy Holiday
Mark Rhino Smith
as Conlan's Buddy
Andre Ward
as Danny "Stuntman" Wheeler
Gabriel Rosado
as Leo "The Lion" Sporino
Wood Harris
as Tony "Little Duke" Burton
Buddy Osborn
as Conlan's Cut Man
Rupal Pujara
as Dr. Kathari
Joey Eye
as Sporino Cut Man
Tony Brice
as Tone Trump
Maria Breyman
as Ricky's Friend
Kevin King-Templeton
as Press Conference Moderator
Roy James Wilson
as City Jail Cop
Mauricio Ovalle
as Flores' Trainer
Josue Rivera
as Tijuana Fight Promoter
Manny Ayala
as Welterweight #1
Anthony Martins
as Welterweight #2
Ricky Vera
as Referee #1 (Tijuana)
Shawn Clark
as Referee #2 (Blue Horizon)
Christian D. Ellison
as Referee #3 (Liverpool)
Frank Pesce
as Mickey's Gym Doorman
Robert Sale
as Leo Trainer #2
Richard Lyntton
as Ringside Doctor
Kathleen M. Deegan
as Nurse Kathy
Marquise Noel
as Young Dirt Bike Rider
Liev Schreiber
as HBO 24/7 Narrator
Elvis Grant
as Himself
Jim Lampley
as Himself
Hannah Storm
as Herself
Alex Henderson
as Young Adonis
Noah Coogler
as Staff Member #1
Nelson Bonilla
as Staff Member #2
Troy Faruk
as Staff Member #3
Angela Davis
as Staff Member #4
Deborah Ingersoll
as Max's Cashier
Robert Douglas
as Max's Cooks
Troy K. Weston
as Max's Cook
Ludwig Göransson
as Bianca's Band
Moses Sumney
as Bianca's Band
Kenneth Martin
as Dirt Bike Rider
Jermaine T. Holt
as Dirt Bike Rider
Horace Knight
as Dirt Bike Rider
Sli Lewis
as Dirt Bike Rider
Brionna Maria Lynch
as Dirt Bike Rider
Jalil Lynch
as Dirt Bike Rider
Zedric Harris
as Security Guard
Chris Gombos
as Security Guard
Jeff Ward
as Concert Security
Terry Lee Fields
as Fire Breather
Ritchie Coster
as Pete Sporino
Eric Davis
as Boer Fan
Soso DaSilva
as Featured Fan
Deborah DeStefano
as Ringside Boxer Fan
Mark Falvo
as Fight Spectator
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Critic Reviews for Creed

All Critics (296) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (282) | Rotten (14)

  • Creed is a sure-fire hit that's impossible to hate but I may have to punch the next person who tells me it made them cry.

    Jan 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A shot of box-fresh blood.

    Jan 15, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It's a relief to watch this likable boxing picture, which finds a way to evolve the Rocky franchise with humour and humility.

    Jan 14, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Creed moves the Rocky franchise into the present and gives it a future; Coogler makes the story his own, even as he pays respect to what has gone before.

    Dec 1, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Creed packs a serious punch, replete with crunching fight sequences captured in a probing, prowling style.

    Dec 1, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Creed

  • Feb 18, 2018
    After the last Rocky film was already pretty strong this is another example of sequels not necessarily being pointless nostalgia but in best case adding new layers to a franchise. Sure, we have the usual ingredients of boxer films here as well, that's a tad predictable. But it's all so well done and performed, especially by Stallone, that you're glad you're along for the ride. The music is another great feature, both referencing the classic Rocky scores and going new ways. A very satisfying and enthralling new installment.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2017
    A fresh reboot of the franchise with some great performances, excellent direction from Coogler, and some of the best boxing sequences I've ever seen.
    Jared H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2016
    Adonis Creed, the son of Apollo Creed, employs Rocky Balboa to prepare for a big fight. The plot is derivative and maybe even cliche and a important character development isn't adequately resolved, but damn, is this film compelling. The fight scenes are brutal, and Sylvester Stallone turns in the best performance of his career. The scene in which he receives and accepts bad news, which I won't reveal, is heart-breaking; what is Sylvester Stallone doing making me feel things? Michael B. Jordan is a serviceable protagonist, so it's really Stallone that carries this film. Overall, almost despite myself, I really enjoyed this film.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2016
    I'm not sure which Rocky film pushed me into Balboa fatigue. So I didn't expect much when I went to see Creed. But, I sure am glad I saw it. It's re-energized the franchise and count me in if there is a Creed II. Michael B. Jordan is a star. And, the on-screen chemistry with love interest Tessa Thompson is real. The boxing scenes might be the best EVER filmed. They are realistic and... cool. As for Balboa... Stallone rightly gives himself and his Rocky persona to director Ryan Coogler and, while far from being the greatest, is pretty damn good in this movie.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer

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