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Rocky III

  • Rated PG
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action & adventure

Stallone leaves the comforts of wealth to battle his newest foes, Mr. T and World Wrestling Champion Hulk Hogan.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 10
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
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3 out of 5

Sly's boxing saga begins to go lightweight.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie, in typical Hollywood fashion, glorifies the brutal sport of boxing as the way our champ hero proves his intrinsic worth. While previous films in the Rocky series (and other boxing dramas) showed the wounds inflicted and talked up the long-term physical damage associated with pugilism, this one shows the two-fisted violence with no consequences. It's more like pro wrestling -- which, by the way, got a big plug, with cameo by Hulk Hogan -- and should probably be put in the same class.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the lesson in the original Rocky -- that it doesn't matter if you win or lose, as long as you "go the distance" -- compares with the more success-oriented mania in this sequel. Note how the Clubber Lang character is even acknowledged as a sort of up-and-coming contender, the way Rocky Balboa used to be, but unlike the Sylvester Stallone hero he's given barely any human qualities at all. Would this movie have been a box-office hit if he were a better-drawn character instead of just a trash-talking bully (one who also happens to look like white America's worst nightmare of a black ghetto thug)? You could also talk about the transformation of Apollo Creed from Rocky's nemesis to his friend and ally, and how that plays out in the final scene. Ask kids what they think happened next.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: 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.

- Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006

Fresh: The real question with Rocky III was how Sylvester Stallone could twist the plot to make an interesting difference. He manages.

- Variety Staff, Variety, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rotten: 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.

- Vincent Canby, New York Times, Monday, August 30, 2004

Audience Reviews

3 stars

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.

- fb733768972, Saturday, June 22, 2013

3 stars

Going for more of an action movie vibe, this entry into the series starts to show a decline in quality. In the overall arc of things it's not too bad, but it's one I usually prefer to skip. The twist with Apollo is cool, though, and, since Mr.T is one of the less annoying phenomenons of pop culture, this movie shouldn't be condemned for imortalizing him. He's an over the top bully here, but he does a decent job. Still though, this isn't really my thing. It's not unwatchable or boring though.

- cosmo313, Monday, August 23, 2010

2 stars

More Rocky More boxing more head injuries.

- jmanard52, Sunday, May 11, 2008