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Overall Rating

Awesome: 15.05%
Worth A Look: 21.51%
Average: 18.28%
Pretty Bad: 13.98%
Total Crap31.18%

2 reviews, 81 user ratings

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Superman III
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by Ryan Arthur

"Tar? Tar is the secret weapon?"
1 stars

Who came up with this idea?

The Man of Steel reduced to sharing screen time with Richard Pryor and his painfully unfunny mugging? What the fuck?

Pryor's a computer genius who synthetically creates Kryptonite for bad guy Robert Vaughn, adding tar because he's missing an element. The new Kryptonite turns Superman into a louse. He starts to put the moves on Lana Lang (Annette O'Toole) and every other woman. and appears to have a drinking problem. He also doesn't shave, and sneers a lot, so you know something's up. When Superman's not clean cut, strange things are indeed afoot.

It all comes to a head when Superman splits into two people and they fight each other. In a junkyard. Superman beats Superman (or Clark beats Superman or whatever), then goes after Pryor and Vaughn, who've set up a bigass supercomputer in the Grand Canyon. Superman fights computer and wins. Yay. Everyone goes home happy.

Except for the audience.

Superman III is the distant cousin of Batman & Robin, an unsuccessful blend of superheroes and would-be comedy. Action played for laughs. Horribly unfunny and devoid of action, this clipped the franchise (Superman IV would bury it completely).

Just watch the first one over.

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User Comments

2/21/17 morris campbell trash dumb & boring 1 stars
10/08/13 Steve M Reeves' best performance as Clark. Not as bad as you've heard. Evil Superman is fun. 3 stars
7/21/13 Gurd Singh It has Great scenes, Pryor is funny, Reeve is at his best. 5 stars
6/18/13 mark rickert i agree! i love this movie. The fight between clark and Supes is a classic scene! 4 stars
12/11/12 Andrea I loved this movie. 5 stars
9/28/12 Marcus Just seen this for this time in ages. I have always liked this film, it's a lot of fun! 4 stars
8/13/11 Terence A. Martell Fact: It is Comedy. Fact: Pryor Great Comic Guest Star. Problem: unbalanced editing. 4 stars
7/18/11 bill rankin i was a great extra in the reunion scene 4 stars
7/11/11 art vera webster looked like the bride of frankenstein,in that one scene! 3 stars
7/06/10 art ross webster and gus makes you forget about luthor and otis,LORELAI BURRIES miss teshmaker! 4 stars
6/21/10 Sarah They should have stopped here. The scrapyard scene is the best scene ever! 5 stars
5/06/09 Apex what really scares me is that some people actualy like this, the end is near people. 1 stars
3/11/09 Jamie Thunder Fun movie in the truest sense of the word, with Reeve at his peak as Superman, magical! 4 stars
7/07/08 art SUPERJUNK 1 stars
6/09/08 Arcane Cripes. A whole load fo cow-shit. Counterpart to the Batman Forever movie. Damn. 1 stars
3/02/08 Pamela White not as good as the others 4 stars
10/01/07 Andrew Kercher Not as good as 2, more awkward, goofy. Downhill from here til Smallville & Superman Returns 3 stars
2/03/07 Vip Ebriega Welcome entry in the superhero genre. Make sure you stopher, part 4 is a stinker. 3 stars
12/22/06 David Pollastrini not great, not terrible 3 stars
12/07/06 Gary On par with Jaws 4. SHAMELESS DIOHRREOQ 1 stars
12/03/06 David It was utter crap. 1 stars
8/25/06 David Cohen Alot of people take Superman very seriously, it is a shame the director could not 1 stars
7/25/06 Doubledown1138 It's not that bad - check it out again 4 stars
7/19/06 Michael Better than Superman Returns 4 stars
7/11/06 Dez WHo made this CRAP of a movie?? 1 stars
6/25/06 George Another example of what the hell people can think they can do to make a great film 2 stars
6/13/06 Armin Tanzarian Strangely endearing in retrospect. 4 stars
6/05/06 drydock54321 Pryor just didn't belong here 2 stars
5/05/06 dionwr You will believe a franchise can tank 2 stars
5/05/06 Uri Lessing Mad magazine" It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Richard Pryor on skis." 2 stars
5/03/06 MP Bartley Brilliant fight in scrapyard...otherwise a stinker. 2 stars
5/02/06 Ryan_A Oh, Dave. You make me sad. Love Pryor, but eegah. 1 stars
5/02/06 PaulBryant With Mr. Arthur on this one. 1 stars
5/02/06 David Cornelius Ahem. Review above. 4 stars
5/02/06 William Goss Haven't seen it, and perhaps it's for the best. 3 stars
5/02/06 Alex Paquin I keep on getting this one confused with the others, so let's say average 3 stars
5/02/06 EricDSnider Oh, it's fine. Sort of. 3 stars
5/02/06 HBS-SH I'm cracking skulls! 2 stars
1/10/06 JM Synth Does everything wrong the 1st 2 got right, but easily likeable and Pryor is fun 3 stars
12/29/05 tony Ummmmmmm no. This is pure garbage 1 stars
11/10/05 BarronFuckoff What the FUCK where you guys watching?!?! This is PURE FUCKING SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
8/30/05 ES Liked it, the Super/Kent fight still entertains today & Pryor was fun as the computer nerd 4 stars
6/23/05 Eric Rollins Annette O'Toole & red kryptonite make this very watchable. 3 stars
6/22/05 Carolyn Rathburn boy does that half a cent add up. Enjoyed it, better than two 5 stars
5/11/05 Indrid Cold Very bizarre in plot and tone, almost devoid of any comic-book action. 2 stars
1/20/05 Laurian Diaconescu Don't compare it to the frist two treasures. Just enjoy it. It has its moments. 4 stars
10/27/04 RANDY ALAN loved superman 3! why not a superman comedy in addition to "serious" super movies? 5 stars
9/04/04 T.B. This one is Dumb 2 stars
7/29/04 American Slasher Goddess The movie that ruined the series. 1 stars
7/11/04 David Fowler Pryor in a Superman movie?!?! Lester should be ashamed! Still hasn't finished sucking. Sad. 1 stars
12/07/03 john the opening promises a good movie but it goes absolutely nowhere 2 stars
3/22/03 Jack Sommersby Pretty damn idiotic, but it has some good moments and entertains well enough. 3 stars
10/15/02 Charles Tatum A real loser, until part four 1 stars
9/04/02 Tar Mac Richard Lester fucked up this series the way Joel Shoemaker fucked up Batman 1 stars
8/16/02 Shaun eh, Superman VS Superman 3 stars
2/27/02 jubb loved it 5 stars
10/31/01 Andrew Carden Extremly Well Made Adventure With Alot Of Great Humor. 5 stars
9/09/01 Butterbean Pryor did his best, but that didn't save this rediculous movie. See Superman II instead! 2 stars
8/07/01 Mr. Hat Richard Pryor's okay, but the rest is total crap. 2 stars
5/22/01 Monster W. Kung Not nearly as bad as they say. 3 stars
5/08/01 David Alexander McDonald Arrrrrgh. There are some good moments, but the bad sections are so bad they overwhelm all. 1 stars
1/02/01 Terry Wrong to cut out Louis Lane, inferior to first 2, but watchable. 3 stars
9/17/00 total a complete mess. The divine Richard Pryor is wasted. Skip it. 1 stars
6/05/00 Super PENIS SHITTY 1 stars
4/10/00 punkass Noone I know can remember this one, although I have a vague memory of Pryor skiing 2 stars
3/16/00 Sammy Well Made 5 stars
3/15/00 Jeremy All the Superman films were excellent and this film was no exception 5 stars
3/12/00 August Gorman Superman versus Evil Superman What more could you want!!! 5 stars
3/11/00 Don Humour and Action with a Twist An Excellent Movie. 5 stars
3/09/00 Kal El Not as good as 4 but none the less excellent 5 stars
2/29/00 Jack Donald Sheer family entertainment at its best 5 stars
1/16/00 Godroth Best Superman, combines comedy and action perfectly. Very entertaining, recommended. 5 stars
12/19/99 adrian kiaser average film,dissapointing Superman entry! 3 stars
8/21/99 SaMhaiaN This is the best Superman of all! Maybe not as heartfelt as first 2,but series neededchange 4 stars
8/11/99 Japtalian How did Pryor get sucked into so many piece of shit movies 2 stars
6/22/99 Hubbard Underrated. True, not enough effort but inane comedy (e.g. drinking scene) make up for it. 3 stars
10/24/98 Kwyjibo I'd forgotten how utterly awful this one was. Reeves almost deserves the chair. 1 stars
10/01/98 Johny A real piece of dung 1 stars
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