Highlander III: The Sorcerer (Highlander: The Final Dimension) (1993) - Rotten Tomatoes

Highlander III: The Sorcerer (Highlander: The Final Dimension) (1993)



Critic Consensus: Borderline unwatchable and unspeakably dull, Highlander III is a sloppy third installment that still somehow manages to mark a slight improvement over its predecessor.

Movie Info

This theatrical sci-fi action tale is actually the first in a series of direct-to-video features derived from re-edited episodes of the syndicated television show Highlander (1992-1997). Adrian Paul stars as Duncan "Mac" MacLeod, kin of Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert), the main character from three previous Highlander features. The MacLeods are two of a race of Immortals, destined to wander the planet forever, capable of dying only by beheading and battling with swords of those of their ilk that have gone evil. Connor appears to help Mac battle Slan (Richard Moll), a fellow Immortal gone wrong, but Slan gets the best of Connor, hurling him from a bridge, leaving Mac to finish Slan off. Months later, Mac becomes involved with another Immortal, Reinhardt (Christopher Ohrt), and his girlfriend Rebecca (Vanity). Believing Reinhardt dead at Mac's hands, Rebecca seeks vengeance for her lover's death, but Mac discovers that Reinhardt, still alive, is manipulating them both. This revelation leads to a final showdown between Mac and Reinhardt. Highlander: The Gathering (1993) also introduced some of the TV series' regulars, including Mac's best friend Richie (Stan Kirsch) and girlfriend Tessa (Alexandra Van Der Noot). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Adrian Paul
as Duncan MacLeod
Stan Kirsch
as Richie Ryan
Christopher Lambert
as Connor MacLeod
Wendell Wright
as Sgt. Powell
Richard Moll
as Slan Quince
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Critic Reviews for Highlander III: The Sorcerer (Highlander: The Final Dimension)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6)

An unbelievably trashy meltdown of the tartan warrior franchise.

July 22, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Lambert is as uncharismatic as ever, while Van Peebles is as frightening as a wrestler in mock angry mood, and just as ridiculous.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

How could an action-adventure film that cost $34 million, most of which clearly went into pyrotechnics, computerized special effects and scenic locations, end up looking cheap, silly and lifeless?

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

As for Van Peebles, he's quite the ridiculous sight and sound.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

What it can't copy is the first movie's sense of surprise: we're never jolted by any of the sword fights here as we were with the original's broadsword battle in a carpark.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Mostly the film morphs into a block of dullness.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Highlander III: The Sorcerer (Highlander: The Final Dimension)


Ignoring the events of "Highlander 2," this film picks up 9 yrs after the first. We find MacLeod living with his adoptive son in Morocco and satisfied that he is the last immortal and has the coveted "Prize." Soon he receives a cognition that more immortals are alive (revived from "death" by an archaeological dig) and packs for NYC for a duel with the evil sorcerer immortal Kane. Made while the TV show was at its peak, this film benefits from the influence of its narrative and production style that had been refined over the years. Most of the characters and their relationships (especially the love interests) are thin and underdeveloped. The movie relies heavily on nostalgia for the 1st film for the impact of its emotional scenes. It also mirrors it's story to the point of being a near remake. The police hunt subplot simply drops out of the picture near the end and the villains are too silly to be threatening. The special f/x are enjoyable but underused (Kane barely uses his illusions during fights.) Still, the deja vu, and pretension and trickery themes are well handled (though not explored as much as they could have been). Lambert is as appropriately melancholy and good humored as in previous entries, Van Peeples is clearly having fun with his deliciously devilish over the top performance exploiting every villainous cliché in the book, Unger is soild in her role and quite beautiful (even more so in the obligatory sex scene, of course), and Mako's dignified presence is, of course, a welcome addition to the "Highlander" saga. The special f/x were good for its time and are still fairly impressive today. Overall, a competent production and a mildly entertaining, if rehashed, film with some interesting ideas that were not fully realized. This is the best of the sequels

David Ladd
David Ladd

Super Reviewer

The third entry in the series has no discernible plot and suffers greatly from the absence of Sean Connery as the Highlander's mentor.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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We go back to the original premise but it takes on a new level of "What the..."

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

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