Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. If the original Bat Out Of Hell was Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run as scored by Richard Wagner, this is even more theatrical. [Nov 2006, p.140]
  2. The whole thing is, of course, ridiculous. But Meat's beat manifesto should be treasured as the last chapter of a remarkable rock trilogy.
  3. This is a musical just waiting to be staged.
  4. Amid all the pomp and circumstance, Loaf delivers an album fans are going to love. [4 Nov 2006]
  5. There are moments on Bat Out of Hell III to convince even die-hard minimalists that behemoth is better.
  6. More a pop orchestral mishmash than a well-defined rock opus, Bat III is dark, seemingly hopeless at times, and ├╝ber dramatic. Oddly enough, that's also its saving grace.
  7. 40
    [It] lacks conceptual cohesion. [Nov 2006, p.112]
  8. 40
    Producer Desmond Child trips up the Meatman by valuing metal flash over the altruism of want-you-need-you humanity.
  9. That he fails is not the fault of his individual performance; it's the fault of botched execution.
  10. For the most part, the old magical feeling sure ain't coming back. [2 Nov 2006, p.78]
  11. 40
    Meat's voice is there, the cover art rules, but something vital is missing. [Nov 2006, p.102]
  12. The Diane Warren and Desmond Child faux-Steinman stuff is far worse, but the inescapable message of Bat III is that even Meat's former partner hasn't been at peak strength for at least a decade.

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