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Resident Evil: Retribution Reviews

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Gareth Simms

Anderson is often mistakenly dismissed as a hack but the artist is actually working within the confines of Hollywood genre cinema, constantly transcending and elevating it through the triumph of his avant-garde visual sensibility.

Full Review Source: Platform | Original Score: 5/5

December 29, 2013

Any unfortunate souls who wander in with no prior Resident Evil experience will wonder how something this anemic and shallow was ever popular. You and me both, friends.

Full Review Source: Twitch

July 17, 2013
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

Looks are absolutely everything in Retribution, which melds stunning 3-D computer-graphics and spectacular sets with a skimpy storyline and zero characterization.

Full Review Source: Georgia Straight | Original Score: 2/5

February 15, 2013
Brent Simon

More high-calorie, low-sense, audiovisual CGI stimulation arrives in the form of this fifth and most roundly unsatisfying entry in the previously lithe and fun videogame franchise.

Full Review Source: Screendaily | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 7, 2013
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

It has a Rolls with spinning hub caps - what more do you want?

Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page

January 18, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

More of the same idiotic swill that Anderson feeds his numbskull fan base.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

January 10, 2013
Rob Gonsalves

It's a funny thing about Jovovich as Alice: she gives the character just enough personality, but not enough to break the somber apocalyptic mood.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

December 17, 2012
Jeremy Wheeler
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The Resident Evil films are not everyone's bag, although they seem to be evolving into their own brand of hyper-stylized cheese, made more extreme with each outing.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 19, 2012
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

"Retribution" has actually got some very decent action and 3D effects. The story is still razor-thin. But, by the end of it all, I was ready for the next sequel, the presumed finale.

Full Review Source: Movie Chambers | Original Score: C+

October 8, 2012
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

For those of us who know what we're in for with the series, the fifth installment is for better or worse, more of the same - albeit with the familiar levels of ridiculousness from its maddeningly inconsistent director/writer

Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files | Original Score: 6.5/10

October 6, 2012

You can put as much gloss on top of the shaky foundations and wooden acting as possible but as soon becomes apparent - you can't varnish a turd.

Full Review Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 2/5

October 5, 2012
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post

If you liked the other Resident Evil films, you'll like this, and the end suggests there'll be plenty more.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 3/5

October 3, 2012
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

The ending threatens yet more. Let's hope the fates intervene and put Paul and Milla in divorce court before then.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

September 30, 2012
James White
SFX Magazine

More than ever, forgoes real attempts at character and story for lots of repetitive zombie skirmishes.

Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

September 28, 2012
Ben Kendrick

Resident Evil: Retribution is style-over-substance in every possible definition of the concept.

Full Review Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 2/5

September 27, 2012
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Even noisier, more incoherent, and more like watching someone play a shooter-style video game than its predecessors.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 1/5

September 27, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

While the last movie felt clean and more character-focused, this one seems a good deal lazier, both in the writing and directing departments.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

September 26, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

'Regurgitation' might be a more appropriate subtitle for this redundant fifth go-round...

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

September 21, 2012
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Containing almost no story, Resident Evil: Retribution shows the series' video-game origin more than ever.

Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Original Score: 2/4

September 21, 2012
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Nobody goes to a Resident Evil movie expecting a classic but this fifth entry in the series is just plain cruddy.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

September 21, 2012
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