Superman III


Superman III

Critics Consensus

When not overusing sight gags, slapstick, and Richard Pryor, Superman III resorts to plot points rehashed from the previous Superman flicks.



Total Count: 47


Audience Score

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Movie Info

The Man of Steel (Christopher Reeve) takes on a megalomaniacal businessman (Robert Vaughn) who is using a dopey hacker (Richard Pryor) to help him take on the world in this third entry in the big-budget, special effects-laden series. This one places more emphasis on humor than adventure.

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Christopher Reeve
as Superman/Clark Kent
Richard Pryor
as Gus Gorman
Robert Vaughn
as Ross Webster
Annette O'Toole
as Lana Lang
Jackie Cooper
as Perry White
Margot Kidder
as Lois Lane
Annie Ross
as Vera Webster
Pamela Stephenson
as Lorelei Ambrosia
Marc McClure
as Jimmy Olsen
Nancy Roberts
as Unemployment Clerk
Graham Stark
as Blind Man
Henry Woolf
as Penguin Man
Gordon Rollings
as Man in Cap
Peter Wear
as Bank Robber
Bob Todd
as Dignified Gent
Terry Camilleri
as Delivery Man
Stefan Kalipha
as Data School Instructor
Helen Horton
as Miss Henderson
Bill Reimbold
as Wages Man
Shane Rimmer
as State Policeman
Al Matthews
as Fire Chief
Barry Dennen
as Dr. McClean
Enid Saunders
as Minnie Bannister
Robert Henderson
as Mr. Simpson
R.J. Bell
as Mr. Stokis
Pamela Mandell
as Mrs. Stokis
Peter Whitman
as Man at Cash Point
Ronnie Brody
as Husband
Philip Gilbert
as Newsreader
Pat Starr
as White-Coated Scientist
John Bluthal
as Pisa Vendor
George Chisholm
as Street Sweeper
David Fielder
as Olympic Runner
Robert Beatty
as Tanker Captain
David Winning
as Commuter
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Critic Reviews for Superman III

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (7)

  • Superman III may be the saddest dissappointment of the summer movie season.

    Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Reeve, the ongoing justification for the series, is no longer contractually obligated after this episode, and his liberation comes not an installment too soon.

    Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Putting its emphasis on broad comedy at the expense of ingenious plotting and technical wizardry, it has virtually none of the mythic or cosmic sensibility that marked its predecessors.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Enjoyable, nevertheless.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It's a cinematic comic book, shallow, silly, filled with stunts and action, without much human interest.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Anyone who has been following the Superman saga will find this installment enjoyable enough, but some of the magic is missing.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for Superman III

  • Jan 16, 2019
    Although the cast is certainly game the entire effort comes off like a corny comic book parody (and not in a good way!) of a Superman story and is a total waste in the final analysis and best forgotten.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 25, 2017
    Awful movie from start to finish full of terrible gags, Poor acting and dialogue, The plot was so bad, When you cast Richard Prior to play one of the bad guys you know it's going to be so uneven and it was, Poor effects and there was little action, I did like it when Superman turned evil but that got ruined by some stupid and confusing scenes, So many plot holes I gave up caring what was going to happen next, The ending was one of the worst I've seen, Avoid if possible.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2016
    Richard Lester continued his quest to drag this franchise into the ground. From the changes he made to the ultimately theatrical release of Superman II and this film, it's pretty sad. This film shows a synthetic kryptonite laced with tobacco tar, splitting Superman in two: a good Clark Kent and a bad Superman. This leads to a showdown between the two in a junk yard. This "split personality" story was really lost on me. It was interesting to see what an "evil Superman" might do, but I still didn't like it. The opening sequence was also laughable, but in a very bad way. Pryor served up some comic relief as a computer programmer that gets in with the wrong crowd but doesn't save this film. When Joel Schumacher got the Batman franchise gig, I'm pretty sure he called Richard Lester for some tips.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2016
    Giving moviegoers the bird more than the plane, Superman III never really takes flight and ultimately proves as uninspired and disengaging as Superman and its first sequel prove compelling and vital. Aside from falling victim to a monstrous villain aptly named Doomsday in the pages of his own comic book, The Man of Steel also gets 86-ed in the second sequel to 1978's Superman. It's poor writing, poorer ideas, and a man who once famously lit himself on fire with a crack pipe that do him in. For reasons even Jor-El cannot explain, Superman III sees a filmic winning streak dovetail into dumbfounded shenanigans in one fell swoop. In this PG-rated poor excuse of a sequel, synthetic kryptonite laced with tobacco tar splits Superman (Reeve) in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel. Man from U.N.C.L.E. star Robert Vaughn suffered a lot of indignities in the '80s, one being shoe-horned into the final season of The A-Team as a second-string quarterback to George Peppard. In Superman III, however, he plays a villainous millionaire bent on taking over the world's - wait for it - coffee supply in Superman III. The fact that Richard Pryor gives a turn as a genius who builds a super-computer to kill Superman and skis off of a skyscraper roof (not in that order) pretty much tells you all you need to know about this unfortunate doppelganger tale. Bottom line: Pryor Warning
    Jeff B Super Reviewer

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