Mr. Stallone has by now made Rambo parody-proof, since the character is every bit as laughable as he is grandiose; that's part of the fun.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
Stallone scripts the wall-to-wall explosions too haphazardly and unimaginatively.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Rambo may, in fact, have outlived his usefulness. His moment may have passed.
Hal Hinson - Washington Post
Always at ground zero in the chaos is Rambo -- gloriously, inhumanly impervious to fear and danger -- whose character is inhabited by Stallone with messianic intensity.
Variety Staff - Variety
Engages the plight of the Mujahideen with a humanizing, doc-like approach (fascinating to witness, all these years later, when the ally/enemy tables have turned so drastically).
Keith Uhlich - UGO
Lacking the overall mojo of the first two
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
...an entertaining, sporadically electrifying piece of work that makes up in thrills what it lacks in relevance.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A mindless and uninspired effort.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
Strays slightly from the formula and therefore loses some of its mindless fun credentials.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
It's a very bad film, but now has an interesting element when viewed in retrospect -- Rambo goes to Afghanistan to fight with the Mujaheddin against the Soviets.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Saturday Morning Picture Club stuff, only dearer.
- Time Out
Real-life events have rendered this third Rambo adventure the most dated of the series. Still, though, it remains an exciting piece of hardcore action.
Chuck O'Leary - FulvueDrive-in.com
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
At least it helped inspire "Hot Shots Part Deux"
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Leonard Klady - Movie City News
It's just the same crap.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Not any worse than the second, but I still say this series should have ended with the first.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Forget it, still another example of an unnecessary sequel.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
More of the same...but boy it's cool!
Clint Morris - Moviehole
John Urbancich - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
Bob Grimm - Las Vegas Mercury
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
David Poland - Hot Button
The film seems to drop the sinister shroud of the other Rambos--it's lighter, campier; it leaves you pumped-up but unhostile.
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
There are better desert war films that have more style and story, but for brawn and bang, Rambo manages to pump it up.
Elspeth Haughton - Apollo Guide