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
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
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
If you liked the other Resident Evil films, you'll like this, and the end suggests there'll be plenty more.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
The ending threatens yet more. Let's hope the fates intervene and put Paul and Milla in divorce court before then.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
More than ever, forgoes real attempts at character and story for lots of repetitive zombie skirmishes.
James White - SFX Magazine
Resident Evil: Retribution is style-over-substance in every possible definition of the concept.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
Even noisier, more incoherent, and more like watching someone play a shooter-style video game than its predecessors.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
While the last movie felt clean and more character-focused, this one seems a good deal lazier, both in the writing and directing departments.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
'Regurgitation' might be a more appropriate subtitle for this redundant fifth go-round...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Containing almost no story, Resident Evil: Retribution shows the series' video-game origin more than ever.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Nobody goes to a Resident Evil movie expecting a classic but this fifth entry in the series is just plain cruddy.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Milla Jovovich is still a great action heroine, but the movie is just more of the same old stuff.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Uwe Boll gets most of the scorn, but has anyone done more to destroy hope of a decent movie being made from a video game than Paul W.S. Anderson?
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
It takes a while for the film to start being bad.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
A mildly entertaining piece of eye-candy.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Dreary,loud and uber-violent but, having grossed nearly $700 million worldwide, there's no stopping this franchise.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
'Resident Evil: Retribution' does feel like a miniscule improvement over 'Afterlife,' but should still be considered overkill for a franchise that has already run its course.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
A visually-captivating fantasy for teenage males with raging hormones, the demographic most apt to enjoy watching an invincible vixen in spandex waste wave after wave of mindless mutants.
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
The script is incoherent and the acting is terrible -- avatars would have been an improvement.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
"Resident Evil: Retribution" brings us to the fifth entry in a series that ran out of steam a long time ago.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Resident Evil : Retribution is the first of the series that feels like a video game
D.K. Holm - Cinemonkey
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.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
Nao tem historia; tem fases.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
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.
Matt Donato - We Got This Covered
Anderson's action chops are undeniable - but Resident Evil: Retribution might be one of the dumbest things ever crafted by human hands.
Matt Singer - ScreenCrush
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.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Sci-Fi Movie Page
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.
Jaime N. Christley - Slant Magazine
Director Paul W.S. Anderson really nails the feeling of a character walking into a room and opening fire upon a horde of nondescript bad guys, then walking into another room and doing the exact same thing, ad nauseum.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The acting is sometimes shockingly bad, but generally the script doesn't ask much of the actors, and the combat is effectively staged and often thrilling.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Most franchises which make it to 5 movies start to run out of ideas by then, but if Retribution has one glaring problem it's that it has far too many of them.
Joshua Tyler - Giant Freakin Robot
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
David Ehrlich - Boxoffice Magazine
"At last," Alice narrates, "we thought we had survived the horror." But no.
We don't go to video game movies for plot, of course, but there has to be something to hold onto; otherwise, why would we care if our protagonist were in danger?
Jennifer Miller - Hollywood.com
The film's extravagant action scenes have not a whiff of consequence to them, and other than Alice, the foremost quality of all of the characters is their disposability.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
Resurrecting some dead characters from the previous films doesn't do much from moving this lifeless film to an exciting action film fans want to enjoy.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
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.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
The horror sequel equivalent of a "clip show" episode of Friends.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
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.
Brad Miska - Bloody Disgusting
It doesn't help to have Jovovich, Guillory, and Rodriguez in charge of the acting here. The three anti-Streeps slog through Anderson's god-awful dialogue with a peculiar drowsiness.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
Proves without a shadow of a doubt that this franchise is just jerking viewers around as it paces in circles. At some point, even Alice is going to have to admit that she's been wasting her time.
Resident Evil: Retribution can't even pass muster for the simple standards of this series.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
I half-believed this movie was, indeed, a video game that Paul W.S. Anderson was playing in his underwear while smoking a bong.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
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.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Lacks inventiveness in any single fibre of its being - and worse, it's dull.
Liam Maguren - Flicks.co.nz
Easily the worst outing in an already mediocre movie series.
Katherine Monk - Vancouver Sun
The movie is convoluted, of course, but it is also slick, savage and thrilling.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies