Rocky III (1982)
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.
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Critic Reviews for Rocky III
In Rocky III, Rocky Balboa achieves a peace and contentment with both his strengths and weaknesses that he hasn't shown before. He's still growing.
Rocky III is an engaging exercise in discreet, incisive and good-humored hokum.
The real question with Rocky III was how Sylvester Stallone could twist the plot to make an interesting difference. He manages.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Rocky III
Apparently, the worst that can happen to any fighter is to get civilized, and so the great underdog drama of the previous films is gone in this forgettable, unnecessary third installment now that we are left with a famous boxing star fighting a psycho killer.
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.
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
Rocky III Quotes
|Thunderlips:||Hang on Meatball!!!!|
|Thunderlips:||Hang on Meatball!|
|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.|
|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.|
|Rocky Balboa:||How did you get so tough?|
|Adrian:||I live with a fighter|
|Adrian:||I live with a fighter.|