Back to the Future Part III (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Back to the Future Part III (1990)



Critic Consensus: Back to the Future Part III draws the trilogy to a satisfying close with a simpler, sweeter round of time-travel antics.

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The final installment in the Back to the Future trilogy picks up where the second film left off, but it casts off the dizzying time travel of the first two films for mostly routine comedy set in the Old West. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) receives a 70-year-old letter from his inventor friend, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), who tells Marty that he has retreated a century in time to live out a relatively quiet life in the Old West. Doc Brown reveals that he hid his DeLorean car/time machine in an abandoned mine outside town, and when Marty does some research and discovers that the Doc died shortly after writing the letter, he decides to find the car, travel back in time, and warn the Doc about his demise. Meanwhile, the Doc, who has fallen in love with a local woman (Mary Steenburgen), realizes he can't hide in the past from the problems he has caused to the time flow in the previous two adventures. He reluctantly decides to return to the present with Marty, but first, they have to find a way to get the DeLorean up to time-travel velocity with a broken fuel line and no gasoline. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

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Michael J. Fox
as Marty McFly
Christopher Lloyd
as Dr. `Doc' Emmett Brown
Mary Steenburgen
as Clara Clayton
Thomas F. Wilson
as Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen
Lea Thompson
as Lorraine McFly, Maggie McFly
Matt Clark
as Bartender
Richard Dysart
as Barbed Wire Salesman
James Tolkan
as Marshal Strickland
Marc McClure
as Dave McFly
Wendie Jo Sperber
as Linda McFly
Jeffrey Weissman
as George McFly
Burton Gilliam
as Colt Gun Salesman
Bill McKinney
as Engineer
as Needles
Kaleb Henley
as Strickland's Son
Michael Watson
as Buford Tannen's Gang
Leslie A. Prickett
as Celebration Man
Dean Cundey
as Photographer
Pat Buttram
as Saloon Old-Timer #3
James A. Rammel
as Festival Dance Caller
Brad McPeters
as Eyepatch
Phinnaes D.
as Toothless
Rod Kuehne
as Ticket Agent
Leno Fletcher
as Conductor
Rick Logan
as Needles' Gang
Larry Ingold
as Train Fireman
Tim Konrad
as Barbed Wire Salesman's Companion
Glenn Fox
as Boy with Gun
Kevin Holloway
as Marty Photo Double
Harry Carey Jr.
as Saloon Old Timer
Michael Higgins
as Marty Dance Double
Dub Taylor
as Saloon Old Timer
Christopher Wynne
as Buford Tannen's Gang / Needles' Gang
Sean Gregory Sullivan
as Buford Tannen's Gang
Mike Watson
as Buford Tannen's Gang
J.J. Cohen
as Needles' Gang
Ricky Dean Logan
as Needles' Gang
Steve McArthur
as Festival Man #1
Michael Mills
as 2nd Townsman
John Ickes
as Festival Man #2
Michael Klastorin
as Townsman #1
Michael John Mills
as Townsman #2
Kenny Myers
as Townsman #3
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Critic Reviews for Back to the Future Part III

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (11)

It satisfyingly ties up the various plot strands that were flapping in the breeze from the last installment.

October 21, 2015 | Full Review…

The only true surprise of this movie is how lazy it is.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: D+

A clever and enjoyable wrapping-up of the time-travelling adventures.

May 5, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The simplicity of plot, and the wide expansiveness of its use of space, are a refreshing change from the convoluted, visually cramped and cluttered second part.

May 5, 2008 | Full Review…

This is a good deal more likable than part two because the product plugs have been held back, and Zemeckis is clearly having fun alluding to his favorite westerns; there's also a certain sweetness and charm in the Lloyd-Steenburgen romance.

February 26, 2007

Affectionate, innovative, and vaguely lunatic.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Back to the Future Part III


This time they go back to the wild west. Has plenty of action, and a nice change to the first two.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

The third installment of Robert Zemeckis' fun-filled time-travel franchise tones down on its futuristic charm, and though different in many different ways, still is able to provide a fun ride for its audience. Back to the Future Part III presents Fox and Lloyd once again in their strongest form, possibly, in the entire series. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Entertaining and well put together but nothing special. Unlike the original entry, "Part III" doesn't warrant a repeat viewing. You watch it once, you're amused and there's no need to watch it again - or remember anything about it. It's not a bad film, it's one of the better "Part III" in the grand scheme of things. It's an extraordinary showcase for Christopher Lloyd - and the Western plot works better than "Part II"'s future plot. It could have used a bit more originality. Instead it just takes the earlier films construct and adds Western clichà (C)s to it. This final installment of the "Back to the Future" trilogy is a good wrap up it just not one that warrants a second watch.

Tony Gandía
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

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