Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic 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.


Movie Info

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 army battle an evil leader. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Joe Batteer, Stuart Gillard
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 3, 2002
Runtime:
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Cast


as Casey Jones/Whit Whi...

as April O'Neil

as Captain Dirk Walker

as Lord Norinaga

as Mitsu

as Leonardo

as Kenshin

as Raphael

as Donatello

as Michaelangelo

as Splinter

as Benkei

as 2nd Honor Guard

as 3rd Honor Guard

as 4th Honor Guard

as Grandfather

as Jailer

as Young Priest

as Blacksmith

as Michaelangelo

as Leonardo

as Raphael

as Donatello
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Critic Reviews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | August 6, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 6, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A decided case of diminishing returns.

Full Review… | July 23, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The first film was bad, the second worse, and the third almost unbearable.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

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 the fun and replaced it with bad one liners and too much goofiness. A lack of ideas is evident from the get go. It's just not fun at all and does not explore what made the TMNT characters so popular. They also changed the puppets and they were not as good as the originals from the first two. Not sure what happened there. This one is not worth the time, but if you already found the others not fun than this is not tolerable.

jlewis07
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

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 before the story even kicks in. After April O'Neil is accidentally transported back to 1603, the Turtles must travel through time in order to fight Ninja Warrior's and Samurai to save her. The plot is hilarious in itself already, but when you add it to an Ninja Turtles film, it shits on the source material in every way and makes the first two films look worse for no reason. There was no true reason that this film had to be made. Besides the costumes of the turtles and few nice fight moves, the film falls flat on it's face in script, acting, and jokes. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3" is a pile of crap that deserves to stay down in the sewers.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Stuard Gillard takes the turtles to ancient Japan in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.Seemingly one of the most ideal situations for the turtles to showcase their martial arts skills, ends up a 90 minute less than stellar production. The time travel concept is a nice twist, but is never fully delved into. The rest of the story is mildly amusing.The martial arts choreography lacks, although Donatello seems to end up with a lot of the good stuff. As for the animatronics, it is a step back. The costumes are too generic and the mouth movements disappoint when it comes to word matching.The voices of the turtles are acceptable. Paige Turco tends to get lost in the shuffle. Elias Koteas proves himself as 2 characters, even though the one that matters is highly under utilized. Vivian Wu is a beauty on screen.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III has a bunch of letdowns, but manages to still be a watchable flick. Cowabunga dudes!

skactopus
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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