Rocky III (1982)


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Critic Consensus: It's noticeably subject to the law of diminishing returns, but Rocky III still has enough brawny spectacle to stand in the ring with the franchise's better entries.

Movie Info

Boxer Rocky Balboa returns to the ring to prove himself to his son in this third entry in the Rocky series. When he is badly beaten by the arrogant Clubber Lang, he must turn for help to his former nemesis Apollo Creed in order to train for the rematch.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Sylvester Stallone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 18, 2003


as Rocky, Rocky Balboa

as Clubber Lang

as Adrian

as Paulie

as Apollo Creed

as Rocky Jr.

as Thunderlips

as Clubber's manager

as Sportscaster

as Wrestling Commentato...

as Wrestling Commentato...

as Opponent/Singer

as Title Rematch Commen...

as Title Referee

as Wrestling Referee

as Interviewer

as Rematch Referee

as Title Announcer

as Rematch Ring Announc...

as Sparring Partner

as Clubber's Cornerman

as Challenger

as Challenger

as Challenger

as Challenger

as Challenger

as Challenger

as Opponent

as Opponent

as Opponent

as Opponent

as Challenger

as Opponent

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Critic Reviews for Rocky III

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Creative Loafing

Sly's boxing saga begins to go lightweight.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

Bigger but not better.

Full Review… | December 19, 2006
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Rocky III


More Rocky More boxing more head injuries.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


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.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


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

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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