Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)

This third film in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series finds the half-shelled ninjas traveling back in time to 17th-century Japan in order to save April O'Neil (Paige Turco). Once there, they also use their skills to help a rebel… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 19, 1993
DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
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Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's a case of one sequel too many for the heroes in a half shell, with a tired time-travel plot gimmick failing to save the franchise from rapidly diminishing returns.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

Less amateurish than the 1990 original, less embarrassing than the 1991 sequel (with its mind-boggling Vanilla Ice ninja-rap number), this may be the easiest installment in the series for parents to sit through.

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Time Out

The wisecracks have been cut back, and where once the Ninjas' dude-speak was original (influencing, for example, Wayne's World) it's now merely imitative.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Rinky-dink production values, and sheer mindlessness and creative bankruptcy.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

The oversized terrapins are characteristically flip as they backflip through an unnecessarily muddled plot.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The Turtles themselves are better-natured than ever, and even nicely mellowed.

Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

Really stupid.

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Leonard Klady

A decided case of diminishing returns.

Hal Hinson
Washington Post

If the first sequel was a photocopy of the original, this second sequel is a tracing of a photocopy. It's the same business twice removed, and twice diminished.

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John Ferguson
Radio Times

Writer/director Stuart Gillard tries to inject some life into the project by including some tongue-in-cheek scenes in 17th-century Japan, but it quickly degenerates into half-hearted cartoonish action.

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Flixster Audience Score: 33% Flixster User Reviews
Josh Lewis
Here's where they completely flew off the wagon with this. Not only is the plot completely a gimmick and not worth the charm of the characters, but it lost… More
Phil Hubbs
The long awaited third sequel...well sorta, after the surprisingly popular half decent first film and the fun arcade fighter-like sequel, the third film limped… More
KJ Proulx
The third film of this trilogy plummets to an all new low. With worse humour and no explanation for returning characters, the set-up for the film is terrible… More
Jason Spencer
You could tell they had run out of steam in the series by the third installment as this seems more like a straight to video attempt. While it's interesting… More
JY Skacto
Stuard Gillard takes the turtles to ancient Japan in <i>Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III</i>.<p>Seemingly one of the most ideal situations for… More
Wahida K
Sunday Mornings Cartoon with Ninja turtles but the Movie was hmm.