Box art for Back to the Future Part III

Back to the Future Part III

children & family, comedy, sci-fi & fantasy


Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) travels to 1885 to rescue Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and put the past, present and future on track so they can all get back to where - and when - they belong.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    73%
  • Audience Score
    78%

common sense

ON for kids age 9
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Wild West-themed final installment is fine for older tweens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this final installment in the Back to the Future trilogy is, like its predecessors, a PG film with a tad more language than usual. But there's actually slightly less innuendo and a lot less bully-related violence in this one than in Part II. The coarsest language includes "bitch," "assh--e," and "s--t," with several insults and synonyms for "coward" thrown in on a more regular basis. Although there's romance, it's very chaste except for two kisses and one off-color reference to what a woman could do that's worth $80 to settle a debt. All of the violence involves guns and fists, and in one brief scene it looks like Marty is going to be hanged, but no one dies, and it's all kept rather comical, even when a huge group of horse-mounted Indians are riding with guns and arrows. Unlike in the first two movies, in this one Doc Brown learns love is even more important than his rules for time travel.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Marty and Doc remain loyal friends in all three movies. How do they help each other in this installment? What challenges change from film to film, and what stays the same?
  • How did romance change Doc's ideas about time travel? Why does he decide that he's going to stay behind in the "past"?
  • What does Marty learn about not letting taunts like "are you chicken?" get to him? How can you apply that lesson in your own life?
  • If you've seen the first two films, which of the three is your favorite? Why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

3 stars

My least favourite in the trilogy, but good fun nonetheless and highly entertaining. A nice conclusion to one of the best film series ever made.

- CloudStrife84, Friday, November 12, 2010

2 stars

the first two movies were really great. this movie isnt nearly as good as the first two. its not a bad movie but its not great. C+

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

5 stars

In the past five years or so, Part III has been my favorite because it has the most heart. Doc falls in love, and his and Marty's roles reverse. Mary Steenburgen is the lovely and geeky counterpart to Doc Brown, a man who probably can't find a soul mate in the modern era. Now after seeing all three again, I think they're all on an equal plane.

- aliceinpunderland, Saturday, June 19, 2010