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Transporter 3 (2008)

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37

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 111
Fresh: 41 | Rotten: 70

This middling installment in the Transporter franchise is a few steps down from its predecessors, featuring generic stunts and a lack of energy.

31

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 20

This middling installment in the Transporter franchise is a few steps down from its predecessors, featuring generic stunts and a lack of energy.

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Strong-armed into transporting the kidnapped daughter of the head of the Environmental Agency for the Ukraine from Marseilles to Odessa, skilled wheelman Frank Martin (Jason Statham) enlists the aid of Inspector Tarconi (François Berléand) in accomplishing the treacherous assignment in this action-packed installment of the popular action series produced by Luc Besson (who also co-scripts). Frank isn't exactly thrilled with his latest assignment, but when his employer turns up the pressure, he

PG-13,

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,

Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen

Mar 10, 2009

$31.3M

Lionsgate Films

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All Critics (114) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (70) | DVD (3)

The flashy editing gets on one's wick and no one's going to win an Oscar - but, really, who's complaining? This is straight-up fisticuff fun.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I had less problems with the characters and more trouble with the actual action, which felt really antiseptic to me.

December 2, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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A mindless, silly waste of time.

December 2, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comment (1)
At the Movies
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It's hard not to smile.

November 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Comment (1)
Chicago Tribune
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Who knew a nice blazer could be used as an improvised nunchuck?

November 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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You know a series is in trouble when it begins mocking its own premise. Frank's obsessive rules about who, what and how he transports stuff are ruthlessly violated.

November 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comment (1)
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For fans of Jason Statham and classic carsploitation action films.

April 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Usually stuff like this gets mercifully relegated to the 2 A.M. slot on HBO next to most recent Steven Seagal masterpiece. But The Transporter series has managed to gather enough of an audience for Lionsgate to inflict it on us every so often.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Delivers what it promises.

June 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

The first film was slick, the second one silly, but at least we knew what was going on during those action beats.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

Transporter 3 is the cinematic equivalent of cotton candy: a quick sugar rush that melts in your mouth and is forgotten five minutes later.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

A 'what not to do' guide when making an action film.

August 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

A preposterous, over the top and entertaining return of Frank Martin, the courier who delivers anything without question. Forget the ludicrous plot and just sit back and enjoy the fight and driving sequences.

March 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Screenwize
Screenwize

Most film trilogies usually drop the ball on the third entry, but if you want to see it done right, check out the fun, unpretentious Transporter 3.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Though director Olivier Megaton exhibits a good bit of that annoyingly jagged editing that's become all the rage in action films, he has the good sense to never cut away from Statham's pecs.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

The good thing about Transporter 3 is that you know exactly what to expect. There's reluctant hero Jason Statham, a deadly villain, exotic European locations, car chases, hot action and .. of course there's a girl

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

With insulting action sequences and a tacked-on love scene, the movie quickly veers into a downward spiral.

February 5, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

As a fan of Statham and the Transporter series, it's a massive disappointment. The story makes no sense, and there aren't even very many fight scenes.

January 6, 2009 Full Review Source: The Cinema Source

I wanted to be transported out of the theater.

December 27, 2008 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

For the most part, the fights and chases are as implausible as the story, but there's an extraordinarily clever escape-from-certain-death bit about 20 minutes from the end that I don't think I've ever seen before.

December 12, 2008

Silly, imaginative fun.

December 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Illinois Times
Illinois Times

Incoherent and inconsistent, this is a step back for Statham in his quest to become more than a cult figure.

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

With its eco-trappings, car chases and fights, the film feels very sub-Quantum Of Solace. The fact that Quantum itself felt very sub-Bourne says even less for Transporter 3. Even if you're a Statham fan, this series is starting to feel tired.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Transporter 3 is a reassuringly beefy thriller in which Jason Statham has to drive very fast across Eastern Europe with a Ukranian beauty queen on the seat beside him. No one, including Jason, has the slightest clue why. Never mind.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Statham is a relatively entertaining action hero - though he is better in the Crank films. The script is by Besson, but the director is Olivier Megaton, whose surname is the most exciting thing about the film.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Audience Reviews for Transporter 3

Transporter 3 looses much of it's charm for taking itself a little too seriously. Also, Natalya Rudakova is really annoying. Nice to see François Berléand back again and Robert Knepper makes for quite a good bad guy but the only thing I really got out of this film is an answer to a question I've been asking myself recently; What ever happened to Jeroen Krabbé?
August 17, 2011
SirPant

Super Reviewer

I didn't expect much at all, except some good fight scenes, a loose plot and action. It delivered. If you have seen the first two films, you know what to expect. It's more of the same.
October 15, 2010
FireStormStudios

Super Reviewer

It's definitely my favorite entry in the series, managing to be the most serious and realistic in terms of storyline and action. Jason Statham proves himself to be the most powerful man to ever drive a car professionally, taking down anything in his warpath. I loved the addition of Natalya Rudakova, making for Frank's best love interest. Robert Knepper is also the best villain in the series, even though he doesn't do much physically he happens to be the most intimidating. It's a rare event in which the trilogy ends on a high note, this certainly does.
August 12, 2010
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

not a bad movie but not a good one. it's got a simple plot and not much of a story but a lot of action. it's entertaining but it doesn't work nearly as well compared to the crank series which is far better. C+
August 6, 2010
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