Resident Evil: Retribution Reviews

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

    Clark Collis — Entertainment Weekly

  • A zombie plague may have laid waste the world, but apparently supplies of black leather unitards have yet to be exhausted.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

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

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • Some sequels suggest that no one involved with a franchise really cares anymore.

    Joe Leydon — Variety

  • It's all the same blah-blah carnage as the first four flicks, with 3D effects hurling blood, blades and body parts into the audience amid a non-stop barrage of gunfire and explosions.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • Writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson ... attempts to fill out a flimsy plot structure by making the characters' comings and goings overly convoluted.

    Stephanie Zacharek — Film.com

  • Like an established pizza chain, director Anderson is in thrall to a guarantee: all relationships, of any significance, will be established in three seconds or less.

    Adam Litovitz — Globe and Mail

  • Endless video-game-style, violent mayhem is on display in this latest edition of the mind-numbing apocalypse series.

    Frank Scheck — Hollywood Reporter

  • If they ran these scenes at normal speed, would 95 dreary minutes become a much more expedient 20 to 25?

    Robert Abele — Los Angeles Times

  • 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.

    Eric D. Snider

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

    Steve Newton — Georgia Straight

  • 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.

    Brent Simon — Screendaily

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

    James O'Ehley — Sci-Fi Movie Page

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

    Felix Vasquez Jr. — Cinema Crazed

  • 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.

    Rob Gonsalves — eFilmCritic.com

  • 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.

    Jeremy Wheeler — TV Guide's Movie Guide

  • "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.

    Paul Chambers — Movie Chambers

  • 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

    Jeffrey Lyles — Lyles' Movie Files

  • 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.

    Ross Jones-Morris — HeyUGuys

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