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Rocky III Reviews

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½ July 14, 2017
A very simple sequel with an almost predictable outcome in the end. However, I like that 'Eye of the Tiger' came from this film.
½ July 2, 2017
Rocky is back, and he fights Mr. T. I enjoyed most of this movie, but have always had a hatred for Stallone completely changing his Rocky personality so he didn't have to act like a fool anymore. He loses the speech impediment, he starts to talk intelligently, and its really annoying. But I did like Mr. T a lot.
June 17, 2017
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.
½ June 16, 2017
While the first Rocky was about going the distance, this entry in the franchise is the exact opposite. And some people may not be too happy with that. Like most third films, it's a noticeable slight step-down from its predecessors. In spite of this, Rocky III manages to redeem itself with some enjoyable boxing action whilst also showing what fame can do to a person earlier on in the film as well as a great soundtrack. Oh, that Survivor song. Loved the way the film began with a montage of Rocky being heavyweight champion of the world whilst Clubber Lang, who's slightly more famous than actual Mr. T, shows that he's going to be Rocky's first true challenger since Apollo Creed. Eye of the Tiger, man. That freaking song. Can't quite match up to the first two Rockys but still doesn't quite go for a knockout, in a negative sense.
½ June 10, 2017
Rocky takes on Mr. T to the tune of "Eye of the Tiger". Not nearly as good as the first two movies, but it still has heart. (First and only viewing - 1/11/2009)
½ June 5, 2017
I really liked this movie and in a lot of ways I think this was a necessary movie. After being the up and coming underdog in the first two movies who takes advantage of his big break, I think we needed to see Rocky defending his belt and losing sight of his purpose in the trappings that come with fame. It's a story we see a lot in real life and this was a good on screen portrayal of that. And what a better way to get some sense beat back into you than having it out with a really cut and savage Mt.T.
½ May 23, 2017
The Movie Rocky 3 was great, but hulk hogan gets into the role named thunderlips, but thunderfist would Awesome! Thanks To Sylvester Stallone! (Mickey Goldmill) Died in the Movie :( ! But here's a twist
one of Rocky's Opponents(Apollo Creed) Was Rocky's new Manager Trained Rocky and Defeated Clubber Lang!
April 22, 2017
Rock 3 is so entertaining and hyped that it can barely help the fact that is a great movie.
½ March 22, 2017
Not a bad movie, enjoyed it a lot.
March 13, 2017
2nd favorite Rocky movie next to Rocky IV. This movie is just action packed, has a lot of boxing action even wrestling!!! Just great!
February 18, 2017
Gotta love the montage!
December 31, 2016
same as the other two
December 14, 2016
For the first act, Rocky III is a complete and utter mess. The quiet, character-based storytelling that made the first two films so sublime is shoved to the side as the film finds itself mirroring its title character: that is, glitzy and on top of the world. Rocky as a character loses the charm that makes him such a loveable and relatable character, at least temporarily, as he goes full-on superstar, entering a charity boxing fight with a cringe-inducing appearance from Hulk Hogan and other similarly over-the-top events. We're introduced to who will be Rocky's latest opponent, the punchy Clubber Lang. Played in an introductory role by Mr. T, Lang as a character is given little more to do than constantly shout at Balboa, mostly in ways that just feel goofy rather than intimidating.

Fortunately, as Rocky loses his "eye of the tiger", the film slows down and turns into the quiet sports drama you expect from the franchise, and that's the saving grace here. It's particularly nice to see the film take the angle it does, looking at a Rocky who essentially has no more room to climb. Whereas the first two films posed him as the underdog looking upwards, now he's in a dethroned champion role, a bit like the Apollo Creed character from the previous film. Characters are all given something to do and have a role to play in how the rest of the story progresses. Rocky faces something he has not yet faced in his career, especially after the mid-film twist: fear. Apollo Creed returns to the scene as a mentor figure to Rocky, teaching him all of his secrets and helping him find the passion that he's lost. Adrian has a big emotional monologue, seemingly having enough to being the reserved figure the films have previously established her as. The rest of the film plays out expectedly beautifully, culminating in yet another bout that, whether you like it or not, leaves you feeling great as Bill Conti's "Gonna Fly Now" blares once more. If you can make it through that messy first act, Rocky III is another satisfying entry in the beloved franchise.
½ November 3, 2016
4th best rocky film in my eyes
October 24, 2016
My favorite rocky film expect for the first and second come really close.
September 27, 2016
This movie is hilarious!
½ September 25, 2016
A much lesser entry in the series, the best thing Rocky III has going for it is a quick pace and a (much like its subject) trim size. At only 93 minutes, it doesn't really overstay its welcome. But the movie is lacking in the heart and depth of its predecessors; not to mention Mr. T is a GODAWFUL actor.
½ September 6, 2016
Far, far behind 1,2 and 4. Even behind 6. Better than 5. It was nice to see a gutsy angle, but isn't raw or entertaining like the first 2.
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