ON THE judges' scorecards, "Rocky" gets the nod on points.
Critics around the country have weighed in on the Broadway musical that debuted Thursday at New York's Winter Garden Theatre. The theatrical rendition of the beloved film about the Philly-bred palooka who wasn't given a puncher's chance - in boxing or in life - generally impressed the tastemakers.
By and large, the show received positive reviews, but much of the praise was heaped on the 16-minute finale, which stages the fight between underdog Rocky Balboa and reigning champ Apollo Creed.
Typical of the reviews was the New York Post's Elizabeth Vincentelli, who wrote: "If you could win a Tony based on just 20 minutes, 'Rocky' would be a shoo-in. Problem is, that finale is preceded by an hour and a half of less-thrilling moments."