Superman III (1983) Movie Review

Title: Superman III.
Rated: PG.
Director: Richard Lester.
Screenplay by: David Newman & Leslie Newman.
Release Date: 1983.
Runtime:  125 min.
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Comedy.
Cast: Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Annette O’Toole, Annie Ross, and many more!
Budget: $39,000,000 (estimated).
Opening Weekend (US & Canada): $13,352,357.
My Overall Rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Previously in Christopher Reeve’s Superman saga:
Superman Extended TV Cut (1978).
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006).


You can find out more about my thoughts by visiting me over on my blog here:

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28 thoughts on “Superman III (1983) Movie Review

  1. Some of the Lana Lang stuff is good, and Christopher Reeves is still great as Superman, but Superman III can be summed up with two words – bad comedy. There are very few types of movies that are harder to sit through than a bad comedy.

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  2. Pryor should NEVER have been put into this movie. His brand of comedy was the worst possible combination conceivable. His character’s tech savvy should have been fused with the Entrepreneur’s evilness. I haven’t watched much Pryor but was he big stuff at the time? I can’t think of any other reason for him to have been cast in this movie.

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    1. Based on what I know, he was very much a recognized comedian since the 70s. I have no idea if his stuff was still funny by 83 but I know I found him painful to watch in the movie today… These screenwriters really tried to create something a la Adam West’s Batman with Superman and it just didn’t feel right at all…

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  3. Oh, Lashaan, why did you have to do this? I’d been completely happy having long ago forgotten this movie even existed. But now you’ve dragged it back from the past and I struggle to get it out of my head. There are times I look very fondly on the past. And other times not so much. 🙂

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    1. Hahahaha I gladly go through these at least once so that we can all vicariously live through these disasters through my reviews. 😛 I doubt I’ll bring it back in the future but there’s still the 4th and last Reeve’s Superman movie though… 😛


  4. Yeah, Lashaan, you go, boy! It’s time to embrace your dark side and unleash the scathing reviews you’ve been holding in for so long!!! 😀
    Seriously, loved it! 😀

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  5. Oh no, this sounds awful! I’ve only watched the first movie with Reeves, and as far as I remember I quite enjoyed it, but that was ages ago. My taste might have changed since then. In any case, I am not going to attempt this one!

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