Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
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  1. Reviewed by: Staff
    Feb 7, 2013
    90
    Recovers the style, wit and grandiose fantasy elements of the original. The simplicity of plot, and the wide expansiveness of its use of space, are a refreshing change from the convoluted, visually cramped and cluttered second part.
  2. Reviewed by: Hal Hinson
    Feb 7, 2013
    90
    From its opening shots, the film is like an invigorating elixir, a movie pick-me-up that delivers thrills and races your pulse but keeps your head in gear too. It's divinely frivolous, nearly perfect fun.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Boyar
    Feb 13, 2013
    88
    Although I would rate Part III beneath Part I, the final installment does have the blessing of closure: There's something undeniably satisfying about seeing all those loose ends tied up. [25 May 1990, p.7]
  4. Reviewed by: Harper Barnes
    Feb 13, 2013
    88
    'Back to the Future Part III is somewhat overlong and a little slow in getting started, but on the whole it provides an entertaining and emotionally satisfying conclusion to a memorable series. [25 May 1990, p.3F]
  5. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Feb 7, 2013
    80
    A clever and enjoyable wrapping-up of the time-travelling adventures.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Feb 7, 2013
    80
    Future III is all smiles, nostalgically respectful of the western genre, serenely sure of the strength of its own more immediate heritage and of our affection for it.
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 13, 2013
    75
    The series suddenly springs back to life. It's delightful and exciting, with good jokes and fun characters. While it might lack the freshness of the first installment, the formula isn't stale, just familiar. And familiar in a cozy and pleasant way. [25 May 1990, p.E1]
  8. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Feb 7, 2013
    75
    Back to the Future Part III wraps up the film series with a big high-tech lasso and ropes in one heck of a good time. [25 May 1990, p.01D]
  9. Reviewed by: Gene Siskel
    Feb 7, 2013
    75
    Part III has the more adult emotions of the original, and with the presence of Steenburgen it recalls the quality of her other fine time-travel romance, "Time After Time." [25 May 1990, p.C]
  10. Reviewed by: Bill Cosford
    Feb 13, 2013
    63
    Back to the Future Part III nicely concludes the threesome (calling this a "trilogy" confers just a bit too much honor on an extended, live-action cartoon). Unlike the second, III is quite satisfying -- often funny, and ultimately thrilling. [25 May 1990, p.G5]
  11. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 7, 2013
    63
    That looking-glass quality is missing, alas, from Back to the Future Part III, which makes a few bows in the direction of time-travel complexities, and then settles down to be a routine Western comedy.
  12. Reviewed by: Desmond Ryan
    Feb 7, 2013
    63
    Zemeckis and Gale obviously paid attention to quality control in finishing the trilogy. They could not, however, hope to reach the quality of their first effort. [25 May 1990, p.5]
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 176 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jul 18, 2013
    9
    While it is not as good as the previous two films, this film is still a good hit that takes us to a completely different period in time. TheWhile it is not as good as the previous two films, this film is still a good hit that takes us to a completely different period in time. The cast is again perfect- the music is good, the story is lacking a bit. But the film is entertaining in every way, which is why it scores so high in my book. Full Review »
  2. SAV
    Jun 28, 2015
    8
    Ultimo capitolo della famosa trilogia, Ritorno al Futuro Parte III é un ottimo film che mette fine alle fantastiche avventure temporali diUltimo capitolo della famosa trilogia, Ritorno al Futuro Parte III é un ottimo film che mette fine alle fantastiche avventure temporali di Marty e Doc. Malgrado io non sia un patito delle ambientazioni western, devo ammettere che il titolo in questione ha saputo divertirmi e coinvolgermi a dovere. Davvero un gran bel film. Full Review »
  3. Jun 25, 2015
    7
    The film isn't terrible, but the wild west setting can turn a lot of people off. Luckily, there's a lot of good moments in this movie and endsThe film isn't terrible, but the wild west setting can turn a lot of people off. Luckily, there's a lot of good moments in this movie and ends the trilogy well enough. Full Review »