Back to the Future Part III

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55

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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 274 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  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. Orlando Sentinel
    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]
  3. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Feb 7, 2013
    80
    A clever and enjoyable wrapping-up of the time-travelling adventures.
  4. Philadelphia Inquirer
    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]
  5. Miami Herald
    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]
  6. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Feb 7, 2013
    50
    If nothing else (and there isn't much else), Part III rises above the wholesale clutter of its immediate predecessor, then contents itself with settling into an easy commercial groove. What remains is amiable kid's stuff, as sweetly forgettable as an orange Popsicle on a summer's day. [25 May 1990, p.C4]
  7. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Julie Salamon
    Feb 7, 2013
    10
    Doc says: "I can't believe this is happening." …That sentence may be the only one uttered in the entire film that contains an ounce of true feeling. Certainly that was the thought on my mind as I watched this depressing rehash of material that seemed original just five years ago, when it was. And "I can't believe this is happening" seemed to be what most of the actors were thinking as they gamely trudged through their paces yet again. [31 May 1990, p.A12]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Mar 24, 2016
    10
    Doc im back from the future iv watched this so called Back to The Future and i just didnt go Back To the Future i went back to the past. InDoc im back from the future iv watched this so called Back to The Future and i just didnt go Back To the Future i went back to the past. In this third and final conclusion to such a great trilogy directed by Robert zemeckis and produced by Stevin Spielberg. In back to the future part 3 Marty go s to the Dr. Emmit Brown so he can take him to the real Dr. EMMIt Brown and take him back to the future and prevent him from dying in this fun western movie,conclusion to my 5th favorite trilogy. Expand
  2. Dec 13, 2013
    9
    An excellent conclusion to the movie trilogy. It packs the same humor and charm that made the previous movies so loved. The western settingAn excellent conclusion to the movie trilogy. It packs the same humor and charm that made the previous movies so loved. The western setting gives the movie a unique fell that sets it apart from the previous two movies. As always there are references to the previous two films and it even answers some left over question from Back to the Future Part II, like about Marty's accident. As always everyone gives a fantastic performance as their respective characters. In conclusion this is an excellent movie and I loved every second of it. It might even be my favorite of the trilogy. Expand
  3. 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. Expand
  4. Apr 18, 2014
    8
    "The Different One" is how to define Back to the Future III, I guess.

    If the first one was flawless and the second one was almost as good
    "The Different One" is how to define Back to the Future III, I guess.

    If the first one was flawless and the second one was almost as good but with a few minor issues, this one just can't be compared the same way.

    Its setting in the Old West for most of the movie, its story, which is simpler and focuses a lot less on Marty McFly and much more on Emmett Brown, its climactic action scene, its general storytelling, it's all quite different and sets it apart from the rest.

    Is it good? Yes, no doubt about it. But the complex plots of the two last ones aren't as complex. It boils down to Emmet Brown having to go to the future or not, with or without his love interest, and Marty dealing with his own pride issues and face Buford Tannen or not. Not a bad plot, but not as interesting or complex.

    The talents of Marty and Doc are interchanged when Marty becomes the voice of reason and Doc becomes the "born again teenager" when he falls in love. A twist with potential, but not very fulfilling, although it does lead to several very fun comedic scenes, and some more sad ones. Character-wise, apart from Clara, whom I thought to be sort of underplayed and not a strongly established character(she goes from almost dying due to a carriage accident, to chasing at high speed after a train about to self-destruct, on shoes with heels, with little to no real explanation as to how the same woman can be in both situations!), I was happy with everyone, minor or major character, Strickland, the bartender Chester, most other people all felt good to me.

    As for general directing/screenplay, well, if the second one was a downgrade from the first one, I'd say this one is on par with the second one...but with a less complex plot that leaves a lot of room for more, this movie comes off as less good.

    Ultimately BttF was flawless and did everything right. BttF II had a few flaws and reused the formula less well, and BttF III does something different, does it quite well, but does have more flaws than BttF II in my eyes, the plot is less good, the characters are better but that doesn't make up for it, the plot inconsistencies are more numerous, especially the ending which contradicts a lot of what has been asked by Doc Brown in 2 and 3, and so on.

    As flawed and different as it is, if you liked the characters from 1 and 2, you'll surely enjoy this one, but I'm not sure that it should be taken as being quite the same as 1 and 2, nor being as good. It's still a solid 8/10 movie with high quality acting, good comedy and action all around.
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  5. Apr 18, 2016
    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. Expand
  6. Aug 9, 2015
    7
    Back to the Future Part III did not need to exist but it works well just the same. Not only does the film clean up the events of the previousBack to the Future Part III did not need to exist but it works well just the same. Not only does the film clean up the events of the previous film but it justifies it. While this is the same story as the first one what makes it work is the heart. While the second film used time travel for the sake of action here it is used to explore the relationship between Marty and Doc and raise moral questions about destiny. It all ends in a sweet and satisfying ending, minus the bit at the very end, which I didn’t need. In a world where sequels constantly tarnish the reputation of the franchise and undo a perfect ending its nice to see one that’s enjoyable. While the franchise works better with just one installment the third film nicely closes out the trilogy creating one of the better movie sequels released and creates a nice trilogy. Expand
  7. Mar 14, 2014
    4
    back to the future part 3 is not violent enough if you wanna do a good movie add violence do not make it western make it as the future likeback to the future part 3 is not violent enough if you wanna do a good movie add violence do not make it western make it as the future like part 2 . expect it is dumb ending the train fly into the sky . shouldnt there be a back to the future 4 instead of back to the future trilogy . Expand

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