Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 9 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Johanna Steinmetz
    This is a comic book movie, its outcome as predictable as it is satisfying, which is part of its charm. [25 May 1988, p.7]
  2. Rambo's self-important, weight-of-the-world manner and his taste for political posturing would make him genuinely silly were they not counterbalanced by Mr. Stallone's startling, energetic physical presence and the film's stabs at self-mocking humor.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    The battle scenes in Rambo III are explosive, conflagratory tableaux that make for wrenching, frequently terrifying viewing. Always at ground zero in the chaos is Rambo - gloriously, inhumanly impervious to fear and danger - whose character is inhabited by Stallone with messianic intensity.
  4. Despite its faults Rambo III has an undeniable momentum and, judged on its own terms, a certain comic-book appeal. [26 May 1988, p.E1]
  5. Reviewed by: Lon Grahnke
    Director Peter MacDonald keeps the action exploding across the screen, building to a climactic game of "chicken" between Rambo in a Russian tank and the Soviet commander in a helicopter. Gung-ho Rambo fans won't be disappointed. [25 May 1988, p.43]
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Strays slightly from the formula and therefore loses some of its mindless fun credentials.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Though less offensive than its predecessor, Rambo III -- which is dedicated to "the gallant people of Afghanistan" -- is still a mindless and uninspired effort.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Rambo III is hardly the first Stallone-y baloney to climax with a commie wipeout; it is the first to palm off its star as the product of a Buddhist monastery. Like, whew. Rambo in a monastery is almost as stomach-turning as E.T. in a brothel. [25 May 1988, p.1D]
  9. Rambo's return is thick with usual thrills. [26 May 1988, p.C1]
  10. Admirers of Rambo III will probably point out that it moves fast. But then, so does a gazelle-and a gazelle has better dialogue and more personality. [25 May 1988, p.1]
  11. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    There are, of course, low cunning, high explosives and much running around without a shirt, punctuated with other familiar gambits: torture scenes; the self-cauterization of, and instant recovery from, a wound large enough to stop an elephant; and a grimly preposterous two-man stand against a tank-led army. What few are likely to find amusing is Rambo III's story line. [30 May 1988, p.64]
  12. Reviewed by: Desson Howe
    Once again, John Rambo guns amok in the name of American democracy, but he packs less dramatic firepower than last time. Rambo III, a poorly paced, much less involving show of guns and machismo, makes you miss "Rambo II" (okay, "Rambo: First Blood Part II").
  13. 20
    As you might expect, the calculations here are on a much less sophisticated level. And by less sophisticated, I mean like counting on fingers.
  14. Reviewed by: Jim Sullivan
    Rambo III is just another of Stallone's exercises in narcissism and jingoism, death and glory wrapped up in one tidy package. [25 May 1988, p.75]
  15. This time Rambo pulls off his superhuman Soviet-blasting stunts in Afghanistan, not quite as late on the scene as he was in Vietnam. Not very exciting; very noisy. [2 Jun 1988, p.1]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 16, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. What is one of the most cliche things in action movies? In the middle of the rush, the hero finds a badass woman to save and it stops the action scenes for more dramatic speeches. Well, Rambo III has no girls. And it has no stop either. Even the scene that Rambo is enjoying a game with horses is interrupted by hellicopters, bombs and explosions. So, what else do you need? It's an awesome mindless rush of shootings. Let me put this on other way: Do you know that scene on Rambo: First Blood Part II that Stallone enters the hangar with a M60 and shoots the hell out of computers and displays? It's that with people instead of screens and 102-min long. Full Review »
  2. Nov 12, 2014
    This film is a wild and dull rip off of lawrence of arabia
    but you know? this film is pure entertaintment .yeah,it´s stupid,but is
    This film is a wild and dull rip off of lawrence of arabia
    but you know? this film is pure entertaintment
    .yeah,it´s stupid,but is intense
    and the stupidity make this film more interesting. the action sequences are amazing.
    You can´t expect anything else from sly
    it´s so savage and over the top that make you laugh
    Full Review »
  3. Mar 19, 2013
    Rambo 3.....why would this be bad?'s Rambo!