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The 8 Worst Movie Threequels Of All Time

17 June 2013 | Features, Film Lists | by David Zou

worst movie threequels

Threequels are so tough to get right because not only do you have to surpass the first film, you have a second film to exceed as well. By the time it comes to a third part, ideas for plots and character development are bound to be waning, especially if there is no source material to rely on. Nobody wants to watch the same movie a third time, so pressure is on the makers to deliver an exciting entry into a franchise. In most cases, the end result is a lousy one.

Here are 8 worst movie threequels that not only sucked in its own right, but also ruined the good impressions the first two movies had left us.


8. The Godfather Part 3


Much maligned following its release, largely thanks to Sofia Coppola’s gormless performance, the third Godfather film has had a raw deal in terms of the criticism it’s been forced to weather over the years. In comparison to the original pair of masterpieces, it inevitably suffers, with the cartoonish scenes of violence falling way short of Sonny at the toll booth or Michael in the restaurant.

However, if taken on its own merits, there’s still plenty to enjoy in the third outing, with Andy Garcia and Al Pacino both excellent in the leading roles. Pacino is particularly enjoyable playing a man ravaged by the various evils of his chosen lifestyle, while Garcia more than holds his own as the hotheaded son in law. It might not be heir to the original’s throne, but it deserves better than a bullet in the head and a nap with the fishes.


7. The Matrix Revolutions


After the superbly crafted sci-fi thrills of the original film (when the techno-wizardry of bullet time felt like the shiny icing on the cake, rather than the cake itself), The Matrix Reloaded drifted slightly astray, with a number of heart-stopping action sequences undermined by an unwelcome slab of cod philosophy.

The conversation with The Architect represented the flabby nadir of that film, but The Matrix Revolutions saw things plunge ever further into tedium, with the hero of the franchise playing second fiddle to a giant robot super-war. Bigger and louder it might be, but this is very much a case of less is more…

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  • Tash n Ty

    No mention of the first batman movies? Wasnt that a threequel but just with different actors for batman.

  • Jeroen Ledderhof

    Robocop 3….

  • CComry

    The Godfather III should not be on this list. Whoever wrote this article has no idea what they’re talking about.

    • Jon ‘Jonny’ Preece

      should be number 1 imo

      • CComry

        Well, it’s not for everyone. I think only true fans of The Godfather like it.

  • Jon ‘Jonny’ Preece

    terminator 3