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Rocky III

Rocky III (1982)


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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 cause Balboa to lose his title to young thug Clubber Lang (Mr. T), who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's beloved trainer, Mickey (Burgess Meredith), before their first championship bout. After sinking into a depression, Balboa must regain the love and


Drama, Action & Adventure

Mar 18, 2003


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

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Sly's boxing saga begins to go lightweight.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

Bigger but not better.

December 19, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

December 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

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?

February 18, 2006 Full Review Source:

Was a great film during the Cold War.

November 6, 2005 | Comments (4)
7M Pictures

not awful, but getting there

February 26, 2005 | Comment (1)
Shadows on the Wall

With each sequel, quality receives a KO.

October 25, 2004

A definite crowd-pleaser, although you can see the series start to slide downhill

April 22, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Rocky III is an audience-involving film and it is to Stallone's credit that we cheer for the champ in both victory and defeat.

February 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Decent sequel. Kinda cartoonish, but lots of good fights. Better than Rocky IV.

July 14, 2003

Someone ought to have thrown in the towel.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Rocky takes on Mr. T; fans catch some zzzzs

March 29, 2003 | Comment (1)
Kalamazoo Gazette

This is when the Rocky series went from 'good' to 'horrible crap.'

February 23, 2003 | Comment (1)
Juicy Cerebellum

People love to bash the third Rocky, but this film is as invigorating as any in the series.

August 2, 2002
Arizona Daily Star

Another return to the ring for Rocky Balboa sees Stallone ditch drama for all-out adrenalin-fuelled entertainment.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

Audience Reviews for Rocky III

The third instalment in the "Rocky" franchise is a little underwhelming, albeit enjoyable. The cast works together better than ever, and the bond between Rocky and Apollo Creed is the best chemistry in the series yet. Deep down, this movie has elements that have been missing throughout the years in the previous films, but the script is kind of lazy and the fights don't seem as inspired. Still, the final fight with Stallone and Mr. T makes the film already good enough to view, because the raw feeling of that fight is almost better than any of the previous finales. It may not reach any new heights for the franchise, but it's still enjoyable.
June 22, 2013
KJ Proulx

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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 knocks it down, but the energetic action and boxing drama and glory brings it back up and continues to swing to the final bell. 3.5/5
February 10, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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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 overall this was a good film that if the filmmakers would have concluded with this one, and ended the series with this flick, it would have been a fine little end to the series. Mr. T plays Rocky's adversary this time around, and I felt that though he had the delivery, his whole Mr T routine got tiresome, and ended up being quite annoying. Nonetheless Mr. T was good here, but not great. Rocky III is a good film with everything you'd expect from a good entry in the series. This was made when the series still enough creative flair to make things interesting for the viewer. One thing I very much enjoyed about the film was Hulk Hogan's cameo as Thunder Lips; I found it to be quite amusing and one of the high points of the film. If you loved the first two films, you'll surely enjoy this flick, but unlike the first two it lacks in some areas, and becomes an average third entry in the series. I nonetheless enjoyed the film, and thought it had some good fight scenes and pretty good acting. Director Sylvester Stallone crafts a memorable third film, and in many ways if they would have made Rocky a trilogy of films, this would have been a good end. The film's tone lacks the underdog value the first two had, instead goes for over the top action. The film works, but is slightly disappointing, and it could have been better. I enjoyed it, but you can clearly see that the film had so much more potential.
October 9, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Thunderlips: Hang on Meatball!
    – Submitted by Tony S (8 months ago)
    1. Clubber Lang: Hey woman! Hey woman! Listen here: since your ol' man ain't got no heart maybe you'd like to see a real man. I bet you stay up late every night dreaming you had a real man, don't ya'? I tell you what, bring yo' pretty lil' self over to my apartment tonight and I'll show you a real man.
    – Submitted by Nigel N (24 months ago)
    1. Clubber Lang: Apollo Who?! You talkin' about that ol' fool Apollo Creed? Shucks, one has-been teaching another. All Apollo has been doing has been running off at the mouth lately and when I see him I'm gonna close it for him.
    – Submitted by Nigel N (2 years ago)
    1. Rocky Balboa: How did you get so tough?
    2. Adrian: I live with a fighter.
    – Submitted by Hasan R (2 years ago)
    1. Rocky Balboa: Nothin' is real if you don't believe in who you are!
    – Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)
    1. Clubber Lang: No, I don't hate Balboa. But,I pity the fool.
    – Submitted by Rajni A (2 years ago)
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