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  • Summary: Just when John Rambo thinks he can finally rest, he finds himself on one last mission to Soviet occupied Afghanistan to save his friend Clononel Trautman.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 9 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Johanna Steinmetz
    75
    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. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    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. Rambo's return is thick with usual thrills. [26 May 1988, p.C1]
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    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]
  6. 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]
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 16, 2012
    10
    This review contains spoilers. 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. Collapse
  2. Mar 19, 2013
    10
    Rambo 3.....why would this be bad?...it's Rambo!
  3. Nov 12, 2014
    8
    7.5
    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
    7.5
    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
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