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Riddick Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 6, 2014
He's spent the bulk of his career hiding in franchises, hypermasculinizing himself. We can live with this. But this new movie makes you wonder whether Diesel can.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
September 16, 2013
David Twohy's film is scarcely original, but the sheer survivalist grind of our hero, against comical odds, becomes appealingly mad ...
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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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 6, 2013
Riddick, an alternately kick-ass and clumsy piece of sci-fi claptrap that puts its empty head down and gets the job done.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
September 6, 2013
Fans of lean, mean, testosterone-steeped sci-fi action are likely to find Riddick kind of a blast, however -- even though it offers few surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 6, 2013
The movie's cheap but has a sense of humor, and it's smart enough to let Riddick just get back to being a badass.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 6, 2013
Much of the film is over-the-top, but that won't be a surprise to those who saw the previous two installments. Diesel is in fine form, growling his lines and being the most menacing person on screen even when he's in chains.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
September 6, 2013
Twohy is trying to do something with his original character. It's just not clear what that something is anymore. Maybe it's time this franchise fades to black for good.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 6, 2013
A modestly budgeted bone Universal Pictures threw at Diesel so he would keep starring in "Fast and Furious" pictures. Those movies are bank; "Riddick" is rank.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 6, 2013
The dark palette and extreme close-ups turn every fight into a muddy blur; the staging, which should feel claustrophobic, is too often set in vast (and unconvincing) landscapes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 6, 2013
The movie jogs along nicely without ever getting a case of the stupids; far from being a bloated "John Carter," it's just a pared-down yarn of survival: "Die Hard" on a planet.
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
September 6, 2013
In lieu of blockbuster spectacle, Twohy spins wittily choreographed scenes of small-scale carnage, most of it initiated by Riddick himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
September 5, 2013
"Riddick" can be cheesy and silly, not to mention excessively violent, but it's also fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 5, 2013
Move along, there's nothing to see and no one to root for in this murky franchise reboot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 5, 2013
The dust churns, the clouds gather, the bullets fly, the men fall. The Diesel rises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
September 5, 2013
It's B-grade cinema made with A-level intelligence and imagination -- skillfully directed, surprisingly well acted and gratifyingly preposterous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
September 5, 2013
Riddick's at his most fun when the pressure's on, and he retreats to plan something special for his new visitors. All the build-up pays off with tense showdowns in the dark, thrilling restraint and ominous suggestion giving way to slasher gore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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September 5, 2013
In an era of high-falutin' tentpole sci-fi, there's something to be said for a filmmaker still devoted to crafting plain old genre pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
September 5, 2013
The lack of imagination in Riddick, the third installment in director/writer David Twohy's increasingly forgettable sci-fi franchise, is so stunning that it's almost like a special effect in itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 5, 2013
There's no expiration date for movie characters. But there are certainly some who, if they went missing, we'd never even notice.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 5, 2013
This is not one of those Johnny-come-lately sequels preoccupied with getting a new audience up to speed on where the story was. It's about living in the moment, in the now, and killing in the now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly
September 5, 2013
We must pan for scraps of pleasure -- a scene where Diesel poses naked on a cliff like a truck stop coyote, the way half of his attacks look like rhythmic gymnastics
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 5, 2013
Imagine Alien, only told from the perspective of the alien, and he's played by a movie star, and at heart he's an okay dude. A cute idea, perhaps, but kind of a wash when it comes to narrative tension.
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
September 5, 2013
The CGI-created landscape is impressively rendered and detailed, there are loads of cool gadgetry and, of course, plenty of action and "ghosting" - i.e. killing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 5, 2013
Watching this see-in-the-dark muscleman brooding against gorgeous otherworldly vistas, all while crafting pointy homemade weapons and befriending a scene-stealing CGI canine (no joke), is a sci-fi aficionado's delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press
September 5, 2013
''Sloppy'' is a kind word, actually, for the ridiculously clumsy dialogue in ''Riddick,'' the third and latest installment of the sci-fi saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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+
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
September 4, 2013
Faithful to the template if not the spirit of previous installments, this flabby second sequel barely manages to advance Riddick's considerable personal mythology.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
September 4, 2013
An improbable but very enjoyable sequel that recaptures much of the stripped-down intensity of Diesel and director David Twohy's franchise starter "Pitch Black."
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Matt Patches
Film.com
September 4, 2013
A hybrid of D&D adventuring, ;Pitch Black'-style close quarters mayhem, and a dash of 'Heavy Metal' for spice.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.4/10
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
September 4, 2013
It's flavourless: the aliens are unscary and easily despatched, Vin's too silent to be interesting, and the other characters are either dull or offensive.
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.