Superman III
Superman III (1983)

The Man of Steel (Christopher Reeve) takes on a megalomaniacal businessman (Robert Vaughn) who is using a dopey hacker (Richard Pryor) to help him take on the world in this third entry in the big-budget, special effects-laden series. This… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 17, 1983
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2001
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Critic Score: 26% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: When not overusing sight gags, slapstick, and Richard Pryor, Superman III resorts to plot points rehashed from the previous Superman flicks.

Variety Staff

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Anyone who has been following the Superman saga will find this installment enjoyable enough, but some of the magic is missing.

Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Outdated superhero movie may interest older kids.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Enjoyable, nevertheless.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Superman is thrown in to the mix somewhere. But he's merely an after thought, and a supporting player in his own film.

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TV Guide

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's a cinematic comic book, shallow, silly, filled with stunts and action, without much human interest.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

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...

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Michael Dequina

Apparently, Richard Lester's intent was to turn Superman into a joke. A really bad joke.

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Flixster Audience Score: 23% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
Richard Donner steps out and in comes Richard Lester (A Hard Day's Night), who proceeds to strip the franchise away of any dignity it once had.… More
Alex roy
Third entry in the Superman franchise is still a fun, entertaining picture and is far better than what most people have said about it. For me, the Superman… More
KJ Proulx
Dumber, with a less-interesting story and a stupid villain, "Superman 3" is definitely not the return that fans were hoping for. It kind of breaks the… More
Aj V
Wow, this is a bad movie, I didn't know a superhero movie could be so bad. It's just full of bad jokes, and the story makes no sense, and Richard… More
Everett Johnson
*1/2 Wow, if you want to see how far comic book adaptation movies have come, just watch this. This is the 3rd Superman movie and it is a real stinker(not as… More
Drew Smith
This is the worst shit EVER. EVER. EVER. Margot Kidder was the only one here with half a brain for showing up for about a minute of screen time and picking up a… More