For a film that I initially thought would be doomed from the offset Rocky Balboa really didn't turn out bad. It's a good character study focused on flawed relationships and the issues of self-respect and dignity. Not for one minute does it feel like another excuse for an aged action star to cash-in. And if it's action you prefer then the fight scenes cater too. Beautifully stylised, and much more realistic than before.
In summary 'Rocky Balboa' is perfect closure for this three decade old series. It's not quite on a par with the fighters début bout, but it easily puts what comes between to shame.