Resident Evil: Retribution Reviews

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Gareth Simms
Platform
December 29, 2013

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 | Original Score: 5/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 18, 2013

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

Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
December 17, 2012

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Jeremy Wheeler
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 19, 2012

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
October 8, 2012

"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 | Original Score: C+
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
October 6, 2012

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 | Original Score: 6.5/10
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
October 3, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 18, 2012

A mildly entertaining piece of eye-candy.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
D.K. Holm
Cinemonkey
September 16, 2012

Resident Evil : Retribution is the first of the series that feels like a video game

Jim Schembri
3AW
September 15, 2012

Giving their growing fanbase exactly what it expects, director W.S Anderson and Milla Jovovich deliver another thick slice of slick, glossy, futuristic action pulp.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012

Paul W.S. Anderson's writing may not have blown minds and our characters may not be up for any awards, but Resident Evil: Retribution showcases tantalizing big budget action on a stylistically provocative level.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Daniel M. Kimmel
Sci-Fi Movie Page
September 15, 2012

You either enjoy buff female and male characters in tight, form-fitting outfits shooting at zombies and each other, or you don't. It's really that simple.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
September 14, 2012

a work so completely removed from lucidity or linearity that if it bore the signature of Luis Bunuel or Seijun Sezuki instead of that of Paul W.S. "The Other Master" Anderson, it would be celebrated as a masterpiece of experimental cinema.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine
September 14, 2012

At this point in the franchise, Anderson is content to alight the saga on a perpetual rewind loop, ever-ending, ever-rebooting, all subsidized by his nonpareil compositional sense.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
September 14, 2012

During the film's final sequence the director explains all while also suggesting that the franchise's nuttiest days are, remarkably, yet to come.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Ehrlich
Boxoffice Magazine
September 14, 2012

Resident Evil movies don't tell stories so much as they provide variations on a theme, and that theme is: a pubescent boy's wet dream recast as an antiseptic dub-step nightmare

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
Top Critic
September 14, 2012

Diagramming every revolution of Jovovich in wheeling and whirling action, however, Anderson is pitch-perfect when singing the body electric.

William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
September 14, 2012

We do not expect quality from Resident Evil any longer. We expect our brains to be expunged of common sense and pumped full of endorphins wearing fetish costumes.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Brad Miska
Bloody Disgusting
September 14, 2012

As far as a Paul W.S. Anderson 'Resident Evil' goes, ['Retribution' is] a mind-melting popcorn film gelled with insane amounts of action-packed eye-candy.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
September 13, 2012

The movie is convoluted, of course, but it is also slick, savage and thrilling.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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