Rambo III


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 9 out of 15

Where To Watch

Stream On
Stream On

Critic Reviews

  1. Chicago Tribune
    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. 70
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    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. Chicago Sun-Times
    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. 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. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Rambo's return is thick with usual thrills. [26 May 1988, p.C1]
  9. USA Today
    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]
  10. 30
    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").
  11. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    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]
  12. Time
    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]
  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. Boston Globe
    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. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Julie Salamon
    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 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  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. Jan 19, 2015
    Rambo 3 has lots of action but it can't beat my personal favorite First Blood Part 2. I don't like Afghanistan as the main setting as much asRambo 3 has lots of action but it can't beat my personal favorite First Blood Part 2. I don't like Afghanistan as the main setting as much as Vietnam. Rambo is just as badass as ever. If you liked the first two, chances are that you'll like this one as well. Full Review »
  3. Dec 30, 2015
    Stupidly underrated same as Rambo II (1985), And the story about that the film don't have story & plot is **** like Stallone action films ofStupidly underrated same as Rambo II (1985), And the story about that the film don't have story & plot is **** like Stallone action films of 80's, Van Damme action films 90's, and other actions films of 80's 90's and Michael Bay movies Full Review »