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Back to the Future Part III (1990)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 5

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The final installment in the Back to the Future trilogy picks up where the second film left off, but it casts off the dizzying time travel of the first two films for mostly routine comedy set in the Old West. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) receives a 70-year-old letter from his inventor friend, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), who tells Marty that he has retreated a century in time to live out a relatively quiet life in the Old West. Doc Brown reveals that he hid his DeLorean car/time machine in an

Dec 17, 2002

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (11) | DVD (28)

The simplicity of plot, and the wide expansiveness of its use of space, are a refreshing change from the convoluted, visually cramped and cluttered second part.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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This is a good deal more likable than part two because the product plugs have been held back, and Zemeckis is clearly having fun alluding to his favorite westerns; there's also a certain sweetness and charm in the Lloyd-Steenburgen romance.

February 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Affectionate, innovative, and vaguely lunatic.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Except for Mr. Lloyd, the film is so sweet-natured and bland that it is almost instantly forgettable.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (5)
New York Times
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Divinely frivolous, nearly perfect fun.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Ties up all the loose ends but runs out of energy and inspiration.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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Wild West-themed final installment is fine for older tweens.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

avoids many of the previous sequel's narrative and logical pitfalls and reengages more successfully with the simple, direct pleasures that made the 1985 original such a hit

October 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Back to the Future Part III continues to move the spirit of the series forward in new and exciting directions, and it reaches a satisfying conclusion to the overarching story.

October 25, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

Every bit as confident and slick as its two predecessors; but it is hard to ignore a distinct feeling of deflation.

July 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's a lovely, rootin' tootin' cowboy romp with a superbly suspenseful runaway train finale, and an apt closer that permits the excitement to continue on beyond the screen. It was an utter joy in 1990, and again in 2010.

May 24, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

It ain't only the DeLorean that's out of gas.

February 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
Slant Magazine

A fitting end to one of the most enjoyable fantasy series of the 1980s.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A clever and enjoyable wrapping-up of the time-travelling adventures.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Fttingly the one installment in the trilogy that most resembles an old-fashioned movie, from its lovingly evoked western setting to its charmingly sentimental mood.

February 26, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A triumphant combination of comedy, science fiction, romance and the Western.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Overall this is a good time, but the steampunk adventure doesn't thrill us quite as much as the original.

September 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Solid end to super fun trilogy; Fox & Lloyd still great

October 23, 2004

The weakest of the trilogy, but this franchise never got old.

March 19, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

The new film not only spoofs westerns, but spoofs itself to the point the viewer is constantly reminded this is only a movie.

March 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Mildly entertaining conclusion to the iconic 1980s trilogy. Everyone is to be commended for quitting while they were ahead.

October 3, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

[The film] isn't much chop.

September 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Back to the Future Part III

The third installment of Robert Zemeckis' fun-filled time-travel franchise tones down on its futuristic charm, and though different in many different ways, still is able to provide a fun ride for its audience. Back to the Future Part III presents Fox and Lloyd once again in their strongest form, possibly, in the entire series. 4/5
July 24, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Entertaining and well put together but nothing special. Unlike the original entry, "Part III" doesn't warrant a repeat viewing. You watch it once, you're amused and there's no need to watch it again - or remember anything about it.

It's not a bad film, it's one of the better "Part III" in the grand scheme of things. It's an extraordinary showcase for Christopher Lloyd - and the Western plot works better than "Part II"'s future plot. It could have used a bit more originality. Instead it just takes the earlier films construct and adds Western clichà (C)s to it.

This final installment of the "Back to the Future" trilogy is a good wrap up it just not one that warrants a second watch.
November 30, 2012
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Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

The final installment of the BTTF trilogy is ultimately a disappointment, but an extremely enjoyable one.
February 29, 2012
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

This last film in the Back to the Future trilogy is the most unrealistic of the three, but the story is much better than Part 2. The whole point here is to have fun, not to be scientifically accurate or believable, so enjoy the crazy ride for what it is.
February 7, 2012
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

    1. Dr. Emmett Brown: What idiot dressed you in that outfit?
    2. Marty McFly: You did.
    – Submitted by Joe N (10 months ago)
    1. Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen: What's your name dude!?!
    2. Marty McFly: Eastwood. Clint Eastwood.
    3. Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen: What kinda stupid name is that?
    – Submitted by Joe N (10 months ago)
    1. Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen: I'll hunt you down and shoot you like a duck!
    – Submitted by Joe N (10 months ago)
    1. Dr. Emmett Brown: It means your future hasn't been written yet, no one's has. Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one.
    – Submitted by Dann M (16 months ago)
    1. Marty McFly: Hey, Doc. Where are you going now? Back to the future?
    2. Dr. Emmett Brown: No, already been there.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (20 months ago)
    1. Dr. Emmett Brown: It's a very interesting story, future boy, but there's one thing that doesn't make sense, If a me of the future is now in the past, how could possibly know about it?
    2. Marty McFly: You sent me a letter.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (20 months ago)
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