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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
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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

2 stars

The "Eye of the Tiger" (the concept brought up by Apollo Creed, as well as the hit Survivor song) is the only one that really makes ROCKY III a decent film. Otherwise, it's just another sequel to the 1976 Oscar-winning champion. Sylvester Stallone managed to stay on top of things as the lead actor and the director for ROCKY II after John G. Avildsen gave up. Now, his role is going flat. And Mr. T is clearly no match for him, anyway. So why bother with a second sequel if it's going to be, for the most part, the same old story ("...same old song and dance, my friend"--thank you, Aerosmith; I could resist an irrelevant quote)? I guess Stallone and Shire never bothered with that question.

- spielberg00, Saturday, October 15, 2011

3 stars

My predicted rating: 2 stars Probably my favourite of the Rocky series films I've seen to date. A little more action from the very beginning, a couple of well known faces and back to the training techniques. The Rocky films are far from flawless, with it's predictable fights and unbelievable comebacks during the matches, even so, they are what they are and this was the most entertaining so far.

- 76Majikat, Sunday, August 28, 2011

5 stars

True 80s with the cut-off t-shirts,and headbands. When Apollo Creed trains Rocky. It shows you that he is the only fighter in all five Rocky movies that he became friends with,and was great how Apollo let Rocky use his shorts from their fight in the first movie. I love all the Rocky movies and love this one. There is also the Eye Of The Tiger song from Survivor that makes this movie awesome. ROCKY NEVER DISSAPOINTS!!! TRUST ME I AM A HUGE FAN!!!! SLY ROCKS:) 80s ROX

- movieguru12, Tuesday, July 19, 2011