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