Rocky III
Rocky III (1982)

Sylvester Stallone returns to the character which made him famous in this wildly successful sequel. Rocky III starts with the Italian Stallion so famous that his likeness is everywhere, including pinball machines. Fame and complacency soon… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 28, 1982
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's noticeably subject to the law of diminishing returns, but Rocky III still has enough brawny spectacle to stand in the ring with the franchise's better entries.

Variety Staff

The real question with Rocky III was how Sylvester Stallone could twist the plot to make an interesting difference. He manages.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Rocky III marks the point where the series starts to get silly, but the end result is so enjoyable that it's hard to carp too much.

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TV Guide

Bigger but not better.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Learning, especially from Scorsese, in his approach to action and performance, writer/director/star Stallone has somehow contrived to make each of his movies into a more magnificent spectacle than the last.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Sly's boxing saga begins to go lightweight.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...probably the most effective of the bunch...

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Stallone, the star of Rocky III as well as its writer and director, is hard put to find problems with which to freight his gold mine of a character, now that Rocky has everything.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

An entertainingly thrilling and inspirational action/drama that although a step down in terms of quality, still contains the heart and emotional punch that made the first two Rocky films so great.

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Chuck O'Leary

The formula was starting to become tiresome by now. And can somebody please explain how Rocky suddenly became more articulate in this one despite more punches to the head?

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
More Rocky More boxing more head injuries.
Eugene Bernabe
An unnecessary but entertaining chapter to the Rocky saga. Stallone laces up the gloves again. A very cliche and somewhat-misdirected plot, dialogue and moral… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Apparently, the worst that can happen to any fighter is to get civilized, and so the great underdog drama of the previous films is gone in this forgettable,… More
Alex roy
As far as third entries are concerned, Rocky III is a pretty good film. As a third film, I really enjoyed how they did it. Some bits were ridiculous, but… More
KJ Proulx
The third instalment in the "Rocky" franchise is a little underwhelming, albeit enjoyable. The cast works together better than ever, and the bond… More
Directors Cat
This is definetely the weakest of the Rocky movies. Stallone didn't really expect many more greenlights for the Rocky movies so he milked the cash cows… More