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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.
½ July 28, 2016
It's a movie that has a conflicted tone but ultimately is a good amount of fun. For the most part, it is pretty cheesy but sometimes it decides to be more dramatic. I do think it is less predictable than the second one but overall you can still somewhat figure out how the movie is going to play out. I enjoy it for what it is and it isn't as good as the original for sure. It'still a fun movie with a silly but enjoyable Mr. T. performance and a fun use of the song "Eye of the Tiger."
Super Reviewer
July 27, 2016
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.
jamrcla
Super Reviewer
July 18, 2016
I pitty the fool who doesn't love this film(Sorry) Mr T plays a great villain, The fights had more action that worked great even if they were over the top, Less drama but still a great sequel.
July 8, 2016
The first half wasn't as enjoyable, I didn't like Rocky too much while he was rich and famous. The second half of the movie was much more enjoyable though. And as usually it had great goosebumps moments. 4/5
June 18, 2016
With Eye of the Tiger playing and Rocky punching, Rocky 3 feels a little refreshed with Stallone's okay direction plus acting
½ June 12, 2016
Mr. T makes Clubber Lang a legend. Good plotline.
½ June 12, 2016
Good film. Not as good as the first two though
June 6, 2016
There's something to be said for Stallone's comedic timing. His exhibition match against Thunderlips (Hulk Hogan) is pretty funny. What I was most surprised by though is how well Stallone has developed the Rocky-Adrian love story by the third movie. He's written something believable and the dialogue is memorable not only for its sweetness and humour, but also for the mutual respect between them, even in moments of pushback.
June 2, 2016
Rocky 3 is the best and easily the most entertaining entry in the Rocky franchise with an animalistic villain, some heavy drama, and the surprising team-up of Rocky and Apollo which added the perfect amount of heart to this film. Since his championship win, Rocky has been coasting on fame, fighting lesser opponents to keep his title, until a tougher and meaner boxer named, Clubber Lang challenges, the Italian Stallion, to a fight which Rocky reluctantly accepts. However, before the fight can take place, a tragedy occurs which distracts, Rocky, in the ring and causes him to lose his championship status and his personal trainer. Broken, and unsure of how to defeat, Lang, Rocky joins forces with Apollo Creed who teaches him how to move swifter and adopt new styles of fighting. I absolutely loved this entry in the Rocky series and it put a HUGE smile on my face seeing Balboa and Creed setting aside their differences to work together and neutralize the savage, Lang. This is also the first film in the franchise to use the now iconic, Eye of the Tiger song and hearing it played during one of the infamous montage sequences was a real treat for the eyes and ears! There is also a RIDICULOUS wrestling match between Stallone and Hulk Hogan, in his prime, that goes so over the top it becomes hilarious. It's more of an action/fighting film, than a humble drama, but it has just enough of that Rocky charm and it is definitely my favourite in the series.
May 8, 2016
The worst of all the Rocky films. There's so many editorial mistakes it's unreal. Rocky has a flashback of a fight he hasn't had yet (he's wearing the stars and stripes in the flashback). There's a crowd shot using footage from Rocky 2, you can see the Rocky vs Apollo poster in background. Rocky was trained by Apollo to Dance around his opponent and wear him down. Instead he just stands directly in front of him taking shots that no man could take. It's a shame cause Rocky was an awesome well made film and Rocky 2 was pretty good also. Stallone really lost his way with this one. The whole gritty style of the first two is completely gone in this one.
April 27, 2016
Probably the best since the first one, if not better.
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