YMMV: Jurassic Park III

  • Big Lipped Velociraptor Moment:
    • Alan's bad dream. Sure it's Foreshadowing but it's still pretty random.
    • While retrieving the phone, a Ceratosaurus approaches to the group. It's a pretty big predator and the audience expects to attack, but it merely sniffs the heroes, smells the Spinosaur dung on them, then leaves.
  • Badass Decay: When the T-Rex shows up to fight the Spinosaurus, two enter, one wins...and the T-Rex goes down in less than a minute, it's attacks barely even damaging the Spinosaurus.
  • Base Breaker: The Spinosaurus in spades. He's either The Scrappy or an Ensemble Dark Horse.
    • Ellie marrying someone else and having kids with him. Granted, in the books she didn't have a romance with Alan.
  • Contested Sequel: Where Lost World is more hotly-contested, III tends to more often be dismissed as So Okay, It's Average.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Much like Velociraptor, Spinosaurus became one of the best-known dinosaurs because of this movie.
  • Fanon: Most fans believe that the raptors in this film are a separate sub-species from the raptors in the previous films. This is due to the difference in their appearance, and how the raptors in III seem to be more intelligent and cooperative than in previous films. A similar theory is also used for the Pteranodons in order to explain how one was seen free from its enclosure at the end of The Lost World.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Spinosaurus hunting the team underwater becomes this due to later evidence suggesting that the real Spinosaurus was primarily an aquatic predator.
  • Ho Yay: There's some between Alan and Billy.
  • Never Live It Down: The T. rex vs. Spinosaurus scene. Dear, god. In every conversation having to do with this movie, someone will always bring up the scene and complain non stop about it.
  • Older Than They Think: The Spinosaurus has been in Jurassic Park merchandise before — as a raptor-like predator in a spin-off fighting game, and a toy — but both had completely different designs from this film's spinosaur.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Pteranodons only play a major role in one (admittedly lengthy) scene, but they were among the most popular creatures in the film and certainly less controversial than the Spinosaurus.
  • Only The Creator Does It Right: III is the only movie in the franchise which was not directed by Steven Spielberg or directly based on one of the Michael Crichton novels, and was also the most poorly received by critics. However, many fans prefer this installment over the second film.
  • Replacement Scrappy: The Spinosaurus for the T. rex.
  • The Scrappy: Amanda Kirby is probably the least popular character in the series for her frequent screaming and general idiocy on an island full of predatory dinosaurs. Paul isn't much better. Not to mention, both are outright liars who deceive Dr. Grant into taking them to the island.
    • The Spinosaurus for being a Replacement Scrappy for the T. rex and a Villain Sue.
    • Depending on your interpretation of the "Barney" scene, either Barney himself for distracting Ellie's son while Grant and company are in mortal danger...or Ellie's son for being distracted by Barney while Grant and company are in mortal danger. Or both.
  • Sequelitis
  • Signature Scene: Again, the controversial Spinosaurus vs. T. rex scene.
    • The entirety of the "bird cage" scene, which is the only part of the film people can unanimously agree was good.
  • Special Effects Failure: As if the Spinosaurus wasn't hated enough, for about half the movie it's a blatantly obvious animatronic. The CGI model however, fares a little better.
    • As a whole, the effects, both practical and digital, are a bit weaker than the previous two.
  • Villain Sue: It may not be evil, but the Spinosaurus is this in a downplayed sort of way. It easily kills the all time favorite T. rex (which is unlikely in real life and the way the Spinosaurus won is even less likely), constantly finds the main group, survives being shot at and being hit by a plane, and it doesn't die at the end of the movie.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The effects that brought the Pteranodons to life weren't half bad. The practical effects used for them are particularly praised, especially with the little baby Pteranodon puppets and the adult suits/animatronics whose movements are scarily birdlike.