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Parents' Guide to

Rambo III

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Graphic war violence in bombastic, clichéd sequel.

Movie R 1988 102 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+


I find this movie such a chore to get through, it barely feels actiony at all and loses the charm that made the first two and fourth great.
age 10+

Not as good as First Blood

It’s really not that bad

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Most third movies in a film franchise are mediocre at best, and this is no exception. While there are some attempts at being thoughtful, of showing the plight, culture, and fighting spirit of the Afghan people, with even a dedication to the Afghan people at the conclusion of Rambo III, all of this is overshadowed by ludicrous levels of action movie bombast and laughable clichés. For instance, when we first meet the evil Soviet colonel, he's sitting at a desk with both a bottle of vodka and a chessboard, because he's Russian. The third act devolves into Rambo and Trautman wisecracking their way through one ludicrous skirmish after another, to the point where any deeper meaning or message is completely forgotten.

It's a strange movie to watch decades after its release, when the Soviet Union is long gone and so much has transpired in Afghanistan. But even with that contemporary historical baggage, the ultimate problem with Rambo III is that it's just a typical action movie, losing the elements that made the first two Rambo movies stand out.

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