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Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 10 out of 25

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  1. Jul 9, 2013
    While Christopher Reeve continues to soar as Superman here, the rest of the movie is nothing but a failed, crash landing. Awful plot, laughable characters and villains, a ridiculous sense of humor, a plot free from logic, and lackluster action make Superman III an awful sequel, especially after the acclaimed Superman II.
  2. Aug 20, 2013
    Replacing its light comical material for slapstick, digressing in exciting action, and having a plot that's dry on and feasible ideas, Superman III is an unfortunate downfall for the series.
  3. Mar 2, 2014
    Umm how about no? I'm getting so sick and tired of these pointless remakes and sequels to great movies. Superman was a good movie but this sequel just threw away my appetite to ever watch another superhero movie again.
  4. Aug 29, 2014
    (Glad to know I lower the user score from 4.0 to 3.9 :D)

    For a movie that relies on dull slapstick and rehashed points from previous Superman movies, the third installment knows how to provoke a complete boredom and scenes who are supposed to be funny, but they are not. Not as bad as Superman IV (or Abomination) but it's still pretty bad.
  5. May 8, 2014
    One or two good scenes... the rest.. unwatchable.. Nothing interesting going on in the plot, stupid jokes and humor, mostly bad acting. No i don't want to watch it again.. not even to laugh at its stupidity.

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Pauline Kael
    Mar 25, 2013
    What's strange about the movie is that the best things in it aren't developed, and what Superman and the other characters do doesn't seem to have any weight. [11 July 1983, p.90]
  2. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    Mar 25, 2013
    This is a cute, clever "Superman," without the epic audacity of Richard Donner's Supe I, one of the most underrated of movies, despite the $300 million it grossed. [20 June 1983, p.83]
  3. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Mar 25, 2013
    Superman III emerges as a surprisingly soft-cored disappointment. Putting its emphasis on broad comedy at the expense of ingenious plotting and technical wizardry, it has virtually none of the mythic or cosmic sensibility that marked its predecessors.