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Worth A Look: 21.25%
Average: 25%
Pretty Bad: 5%
Total Crap: 11.25%

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Back to the Future Part 3
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by Ryan Arthur

"You're not thinking fourth dimensionally, Marty!"
3 stars


I really wanted this movie to rock, but alas, it doesn't.

There are some interesting bits, as Marty (Michael J. Fox, duh), now stuck in 1955, has to go back to 1885 to see Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd, still), who's been sent back when the time machine got zapped by a bolt of lightning. Marty gets a 100-year-old letter from Doc, telling Marty he wanted to be left there, and gave Marty the location of where he hid the time machine so Marty could get back to 1985, then destroy the thing. But Marty finds out Doc was killed a week after the letter was written, so he finds the time machine where Doc left it (in 1885), and heads back to save him.

But it's a bit of a letdown. Most of the action takes place in the old west, and while it's interesting to see ZZ Top as a band in the old west, or Marty meeting his ancestor Seamus McFly (Fox, in a dual role) and Biff's (Thomas F. Wilson) ancestor "Mad Dog" Tannen (Wilson as well), the heart of the first (and even the second) movie seems to be missing. It's nothing more than a standard Western film with better special effects. The gimmick doesn't seem to work as well the third time around.

Plus, I'm not big on Mary Steenburgen's character.

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User Comments

8/30/19 Suzanne OK movie;, but "Clint Eastwood" was fun. 3 stars
9/13/17 morris campbell IT SUCKS 3rd time NOT the charm 1 stars
9/19/16 Yaz One of the very best third movies. Fox and Lloyd still have great chemistry, and it's l 5 stars
8/11/15 Cal L A fitting end to the trilogy and a fun homage to the western genre. 5 stars
9/04/14 David Marsden Great ending to a fantastic trilogy. Love all three. 5 stars
12/11/12 Nellie Awesome stuff!! 5 stars
11/26/09 the dork knight Slow in the middle, but enough good scenes to warrant a watch. 4 stars
7/02/07 mrsinister I don't even like westerns. 2 stars
2/15/07 johnnyfog The weakest of the three, but could be worse I guess 3 stars
12/31/06 R.W.Welch Wraps us the series on exactly the right note. 4 stars
5/20/06 chienne I loved this one, clever and funny, but why do films pick on the Irish accent? 5 stars
1/30/06 WiseMan Great, Better than the 2nd one 5 stars
8/27/05 EZ Great Scott, this film kicks ass 5 stars
6/12/05 Manu Ginobli Great end to a great trilogy. 5 stars
4/15/05 Chris Frint its ok, but a real let down from the first two 3 stars
3/27/05 indrid cold The western setting annoyed me, but it still blows away most mainstream stuff. 4 stars
2/08/05 Jeff Anderson NOW THIS IS MORE LIKE IT, A GREAT(after the depressing 2nd)CONCLUSION TO THIS FILM SERIES!! 5 stars
11/23/04 alien assassin Great fun from start to finish !!! If only "Return of the Jedi" was this good !!! 5 stars
7/30/04 American Slasher Goddess Better then 2, and a fun ride. 4 stars
6/01/04 Nobody Not as good as #1 but still entertaining 4 stars
5/03/04 I Would A step up from the shite that was Part 2, but still not up to much good. 2 stars
3/28/04 john great conclusion - original, funny with good action sequences 5 stars
3/25/04 Gray intense good morals and funny 5 stars
1/16/04 Littlepurch Brilliant. Really satisfying end to the trilogy & a really worthy successor to the first 2. 5 stars
12/27/03 Dr. Egon Spengler BEST DAMN MOVIE EVER 5 stars
9/28/03 JJ This sequel is very good but not quite as good as the first. 4 stars
2/11/03 Ubu the Ripper Script spends more time on "Doc Brown" instead of MJ Fox's whining. Nice effort. 5 stars
12/30/02 John Aster Habig see the review to the original 5 stars
12/17/02 ben this movie is horrendous yeah i love marty with the accent 1 stars
10/10/02 chris the music is schweet, and the ending is perfect 5 stars
9/24/02 CVJ A disappointing conclusion to the trilogy but still alright 4 stars
8/07/02 Abe Martin This movie is friggin' awesome, just like the rest of the trilogy!! 5 stars
7/11/02 Flounder Not as good as the previous two, but I believe it is still entertaining enough. 4 stars
6/06/02 I'm in (L) wth a Jedi the best outta the 3 of dem 5 stars
6/03/02 Charles Tatum They redeem themselves after the awful Part II 4 stars
4/10/02 Butterbean See this only for Green Acres"Mr. Hinkley" say "Run for fun? Who the hell want to do that?" 2 stars
3/15/02 Zargo entertaining, but certainly the weakest, and I'm not a fan of the romance 4 stars
1/27/02 Geo7654 The beginning and end are very good, but the scenes in the old west are uneven. 3 stars
11/30/01 The $1.98 Pyramid Still the little details are still sthere (The Eastwood Ravine) but the old west is not. 5 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk I loved it. My little brother cried when the car got trashed! That's good filmmaking! 5 stars
6/22/01 Dave there's just something missing 3 stars
6/13/01 Sexy Gotta Love that Time Machine it's ssssssswwwwwwweeeeeeeetttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt!!!!! 5 stars
6/05/01 Sam The BTTF films make up such a great trilogy, you can't hate any part of the series. 5 stars
4/05/01 Andrew Carden Totally different then the first two, extremly badly made, boring, unimaginative. 1 stars
3/01/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) The moral of the trilogy?? TIME TRAVEL IS A REAL BIIIIAAAAATCH!!! 4 stars
12/27/00 Turtle A bit disappointing, but still okay. 4 stars
8/23/00 zall fantastic end 5 stars
8/12/00 Justin Terrific ending to the best trilogy, not the best but still great fun! 4 stars
6/18/00 Gen loved the future part! 5 stars
5/30/00 perverted pixie Sci Fi meets spagetti western- always works for me! 5 stars
3/25/00 Richard Wright The Western cliches mount up, and the romance is predictable, but its fun most of the time. 3 stars
1/20/00 Jedi15 A nice conclusion to the trilogy. Not AS great as the others, but worth a watch. 4 stars
11/23/99 Ralf Behet The series is already running out of steam. Still a funny movie. 4 stars
10/01/99 Doug Paulsen As good as the first 2. 5 stars
4/08/99 Ah Dooey not bad, not too bad at all 4 stars
11/06/98 Lord Of The Dunce Gee, come on guys. This thing just had no real originality. It was okay... 3 stars
10/05/98 Negative Creep A rehash of the first. But that's a good thing. It was fun watching the roles turned around 5 stars
10/03/98 Johny My favorite of the trilogy 5 stars
9/16/98 J-Guy a strong finally for this trilogy. makes you leave wanting more. damn good flick. 5 stars
9/09/98 MikeF I liked it a lot in 1990. it's still good. I was sad when the doc didn't stay with marty. 4 stars
9/06/98 Kid Pee-Pee Nobody remembered to tell the producers that the gag was over. 2 stars
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