Superman III
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In a major departure from the tone of the preceding two Superman adventure films, this mix of vile deeds and fantasy heroics drops the "S" out of cosmic and goes for comic instead. Right at the starting gate, Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor) and a subsequent slapstick sequence upstage (Christopher Reeves again), who later develops an identity crisis. Gorman, newly trained as a computer whiz, starts working for a conglomerate run by the corporate nemesis Ross Webster (Robert Vaughn), intent on world domination. Gorman is sent to Superman's small town of Smallville to wipe out… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Putting its emphasis on broad comedy at the expense of ingenious plotting and technical wizardry, it has virtually none of the mythic or cosmic sensibility that marked its predecessors."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Anyone who has been following the Superman saga will find this installment enjoyable enough, but some of the magic is missing."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Outdated superhero movie may interest older kids."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"'Superman contra os avanços da tecnologia'. Uma idéia cuja estupidez só é superada por sua péssima execução."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"One of the most underrated movies of all time. Seriously."
‑ David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"Enjoyable, nevertheless."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Superman is thrown in to the mix somewhere. But he's merely an after thought, and a supporting player in his own film."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Richard Lester's direction injects nothing new into the material, giving the feeling that he views the whole thing as an exercise in comedy set pieces."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Reeve continues his traditions of graceful flying moves, confident carriage, and twinkly warmth. Sadly, none of it is enough to save Superman III from being at home only in a junkyard."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Hey, it ain't that bad!"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"It's a cinematic comic book, shallow, silly, filled with stunts and action, without much human interest."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A noticeable drop in quality from the first two, but it's still decent enough that you don't have to be embarrassed for liking it. That comes soon enough..."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"Apparently, Richard Lester's intent was to turn Superman into a joke. A really bad joke."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Now retooling the Superman series into middleweight comedy, the script feels written for no one above the age of twelve. As a production it looks cheaply made and thrown together. Worse, this is a mean-spirited piece of work."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"Pryor is wasted but the image of a bad Superman, and his battle with his good side, is memorable."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
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