Riddick Reviews

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Bryan Bishop
The Verge
January 22, 2014
Maybe the return of Xander Cage will be better.
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 9, 2013
Not that it was expected to be a sci-fi masterpiece, but after an absence of nine years, you would expect a result a little better than retreading old ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
September 12, 2013
A vibrant stylistic mishmash that works brilliantly in chunks but is ultimately too scattered to sustain any cohesion.
Eric Eisenberg
CinemaBlend.com
September 4, 2013
Part of me wants to support this franchise on the grounds of how rare it is for an original science-fiction concept to get a full trilogy of theater-released feature films, but Riddick makes that damn near impossible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
September 6, 2013
Forbidding, sun-scorched, deadly. But enough about Vin Diesel's pectorals. Come back. We got more . . .
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
September 5, 2013
As a creature feature, Riddick isn't half bad, though it's far from truly good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shaun Munro
What Culture
September 2, 2013
Riddick lacks the soulless, mechanised groan of the previous film, but even stripping away the excess, this disappointing jaunt has very little meat on its bones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
September 4, 2013
Twohy succeeds in staging moments both tense and funny, but they're fewer and farther between than one would hope, and the dialogue is served up with a heaping helping of cheese, especially when delivered in Diesel's low-frequency growl.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
September 16, 2013
Put simply, it's not a great film but it's still watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2013
A poorly paced, generic action movie with cheap-looking special effects, only a step or two above the sci-fi fare that goes straight to video.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
September 4, 2013
Awww, a heartwarming story about a Diesel and his digital dingo dog...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
September 6, 2013
Gratuitous nudity involving the appropriately-named actress Katee Sackhoff (Dahl) fails to distract from the clunky dialogue and the film's climax is, frankly, Riddickulous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 4, 2013
If you were to make a comedy about an actor who makes cheesy sci-fi action movies, and you needed a hilarious clip of his work that underscored the awfulness of his output, just about any 30-second segment of Riddick would do the trick.
Julian Roman
MovieWeb
September 5, 2013
Riddick disappoints.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
September 6, 2013
Diesel's character never really gets scared. He's just arrogant. Morning, noon and night...he's a horses butt. That doesn't make for an interesting story.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Todd Gilchrist
ScreenCrush
September 4, 2013
'Riddick,' the overdue, and largely unwanted, third installment in Diesel's first big film series, is so full of tough-guy overcompensation that it makes the 'Fast and Furious' movies seem like understated character studies by comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 5, 2013
The first (and one hopes the last) film to borrow heavily from both Alien and Old Yeller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 4, 2013
For a film about a killing machine who can see at night, it's fittingly ironic that the film itself is, both narratively and visually, a dark, muddled mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
September 9, 2013
A derivative disappointment that's more of an uninspired remake than a groundbreaking sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 10, 2013
Like so much in this film, Riddick himself is a special effect, a near-superhuman hero who can withstand just about anything and who not so much gains our sympathy as demands our attention
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