Julian Roman - MovieWeb
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.
Keith Staskiewicz - Entertainment Weekly
The dust churns, the clouds gather, the bullets fly, the men fall. The Diesel rises.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Move along, there's nothing to see and no one to root for in this murky franchise reboot.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
"Riddick" can be cheesy and silly, not to mention excessively violent, but it's also fun.
Stephanie Merry - Washington Post
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.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
There's no expiration date for movie characters. But there are certainly some who, if they went missing, we'd never even notice.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
David Twohy's film is scarcely original, but the sheer survivalist grind of our hero, against comical odds, becomes appealingly mad ...
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
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.
- Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
A vibrant stylistic mishmash that works brilliantly in chunks but is ultimately too scattered to sustain any cohesion.
Drew Hunt - Chicago Reader
The first (and one hopes the last) film to borrow heavily from both Alien and Old Yeller.
David Hiltbrand - Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
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.
Barbara VanDenburgh - Arizona Republic
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."
Scott Foundas - Variety
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.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
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.
Bruce Demara - Toronto Star
A hybrid of D&D adventuring, ;Pitch Black'-style close quarters mayhem, and a dash of 'Heavy Metal' for spice.
Matt Patches - Film.com
In lieu of blockbuster spectacle, Twohy spins wittily choreographed scenes of small-scale carnage, most of it initiated by Riddick himself.
Adam Nayman - Globe and Mail
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Faithful to the template if not the spirit of previous installments, this flabby second sequel barely manages to advance Riddick's considerable personal mythology.
Justin Lowe - Hollywood Reporter
''Sloppy'' is a kind word, actually, for the ridiculously clumsy dialogue in ''Riddick,'' the third and latest installment of the sci-fi saga.
Jocelyn Noveck - Associated Press
Riddick, an alternately kick-ass and clumsy piece of sci-fi claptrap that puts its empty head down and gets the job done.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Seems like a side adventure.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Diesel's a guy who orders everything with extra cheese. Especially his dialogue.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
If you are a fan of sci-fi, of horror, and/or of the mix of the two genres, you should find plenty to enjoy here and I recommend the film to you.
Maybe the return of Xander Cage will be better.
- The Verge
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.
A general scuzziness and dinginess starts to creep over the picture like a mold ... soon, it's hard to get your heart-rate up over whether or not the coming wave of scorpo-aliens kill these scowling, sneering bags of man-meat.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Too Riddick-ulous to recommend, although a few of the more outlandish effects are a hoot (gorehounds will dig what the captive Riddick does with that machete).
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Riddick turns out to be one of the most pleasantly surprising multiplex films so far this year...bizarre as it sounds, the film essentially shapes up as a quality chamber piece set in the dusty wastes of an alien planet.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
This is the real sequel to 'Pitch Black,' although it took about nine years for star Vin Diesel to accomplish it. The stories of Richard Riddick need to be R-rated fare, not the PG-13 stuff of 'The Chronicles of Riddick.'
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
The third installment in Vin Diesel's adventures as uber-badass, glowing contacts-wearing murderer Riddick begins like the original Pitch Black, then turns into something like a low-grade slasher movie with tedious Chronicles Of Riddick-like dialogue.
David 'Mad Dog' Bradley - Rip It Up
Twohy gets back to basics, returning the character to his B-movie roots in a stripped-down tale of competition and survival.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Put simply, it's not a great film but it's still watchable.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
An economical and solidly entertaining film that recaptures everything that made Pitch Black such a cult favorite.
Riddick brings the character back to what people enjoyed about Pitch Black; Twohy's Diesel idolatry aside there's entertaining sci-fi action thrills to be had, once.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
"Riddick" a Bit of B-Movie Heaven
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
A step up from the 2004 slumber party The Chronicles of Riddick but still a few rungs down the ladder from 2000's pitch-perfect Pitch Black.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
It isn't a string of polished sci-fi pearls, but it does deliver pretty much what fans expect: action, creatures, effects, dry humor, and a grown-up mix of skin, blood and language.
Neil Pond - American Profile
I'm not sure that Riddick is an effective argument in favor of continuing Riddick's solo adventures, but it's a more fitting conclusion to his chronicles than the previous movie.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Once again, the film is so over-serious that it's faintly ridiculous, but it's packed with nerve-jangling moments.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Riddick justifies its existence purely through a good sense of violent fun.
Tony Stamp - Flicks.co.nz
"Riddick" is a big step up from "Chronicles," with Twohy abandoning the failed epic scope of that movie and somewhat recapturing what made "Pitch Black" the cult hit it is.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
The film regains its footing in a pretty terrifically-executed, if generic, final sequence.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Vin Diesel is hot again thanks to "Fast and Furious 6" and has the physique and force of personality necessary to carry this action film
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
One would suspect that a man who took such audacious risks in the second film would have a few more surprises up his sleeve for the third round, but I guess not.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Viscerally ferocious, delivering brawny, low-octane Diesel.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
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
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
This sequel is less like a video game than the grandiosely titled Chronicles, offering a gritty, boy's own adventure that is a bit like Outward Bound with no instructors... The film's main appeal lies in the hulking form of Vin Diesel
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
an acceptable sci-fi actioner, though after all this time, it ultimately rates as a safe return for the title character, rather than one that really grabs the audience by the throat and goes in for the kill.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
So disconnected from its previous installments - the 2000 survival thriller "Pitch Black" and the 2004 fantasy "The Chronicles of Riddick" - that maybe they should have started from scratch.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Not a great movie, but it is a decent summer action film, and there haven't been many of those this year.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
I will not be giving anything away by saying that the final frames of "Riddick" blatantly sets us up for "More Adventures of Riddick."
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
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.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Riddick! Because one name says it all - and not nearly enough - all at the same time! Riddick! Because "Riddikulous" has too many syllables.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
A derivative disappointment that's more of an uninspired remake than a groundbreaking sequel.
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
The script promptly shoots itself in the equal-ops foot with some repellently ill-judged rapey "humour", promptly undermining any residual goodwill.
Mark Kermode - Observer [UK]
Riddick returns to its B-movie roots.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
a delightful bit of wish-fulfillment by proxy as Riddick takes the better equipped and cocksure mercenaries down several pegs with a decisive finality
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
It's unlikely Riddick will leave the world demanding a further chronicle of the character's adventures but that hasn't stopped him returning before. Not goodbye then but until next time.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Hey, if you're going to remake Pitch Black, you might as well get the original writer/director and star.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
The third Riddick film in the series is not the charm.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Diesel has resurrected Riddick and even though I didn't know what the hell was going on, it was terrific.
Victoria Alexander - Las Vegas Informer
With a standard "Action Film 101" script and some impressive visual effects, "Riddick" is everything you think it is.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
The best action film of the year.
Michael Nordine - Willamette Week
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.
Paul Chambers - Movie Chambers
Riddick delivers the bottom-line stuff viewers want from this series. Diesel is as charismatic as ever, the action is exciting and nasty, and the wicked humor helps create a vibe of tongue-in-cheek fun.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Fun, in some ways, but a really crappy-looking movie.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
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.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Forbidding, sun-scorched, deadly. But enough about Vin Diesel's pectorals. Come back. We got more . . .
Tara Brady - Irish Times
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.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
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.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
"Riddick" is a routine, testosterone-driven action movie, the type that is released this time of year to fill multiplex screens while the studios gear up for their big Academy Award hopefuls.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Riddick ends with the possibility of future adventures, which is easy to do: Writer-director David Twohy just has to invent another preposterous planet, stick Vin Diesel there and unleash the computerized effects.
Jay Stone - Canada.com
Pitch Black director David Twohy is at the helm and he's savvy enough to revert to formula: a fearsomely inhospitable planet, hordes of ferocious monsters and a small cast of disposable supporting characters to be whittled down in bursts of gory action.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Should this universe get expanded on the creators' terms, I'm game for more - but would prefer it not be yet another variation on monsters in the dark with a token blonde.
Luke Y. Thompson
If the last few months have left you jaded and spent, then Riddick will do wonders for your exhausted spirit. We needed popcorn this tasty to show up just a little bit earlier.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
It's Twohy and Diesel having fun and when it's great through fun dialogue or a great kill it builds a lot of mileage for the lesser moments.
Nick Nunziata - CHUD
Riddick works. As a mid-range scifi action movie it's fun enough, if it never quite reaches the potential of that first act.
[Twohy has] gone back to the modest-budget genre movies he excels at and delivers another winner. RIDDICK is great fun.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
What's so bizarre is that [Diesel] feels such loyalty toward a character who isn't very likeable, not to mention a world comprised of run-of-the-mill science fiction, and stunts that have all been done before.
Vanessa Farquharson - National Post
What it all comes down to is that Riddick is the film you expect it to be and not much more.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Director Twohy gets plenty of ferocious mileage out of stranding a weaponless Riddick on an inhospitable planet and then letting the character do what he does best: seek and destroy. And destroy. And destroy.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Riddick will have no problem pleasing longtime fans of the series while also delivering an accessible and entertaining sci-fi action experience for casual moviegoers.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
Sweaty, swaggering, sci-fi / action / horror with a bad attitude and a dirty mouth. I liked it.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
All hail Riddick, killer of everything that moves - poorly-drawn cartoon or not - sayer of smooth, t-shirt-worthy bravado and romancer of lesbian Starbuck.
'Riddick' is just the movie that space cadets have been waiting for.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Riddick taps into a primal well of audience wish-fulfillment, but over the course of its unrelieved, monotonous length, it does its best to suck that well dry.
Tasha Robinson - The Dissolve
What "Riddick" lacks in production values it makes up in sheer entertainment value and badassery.
Not as ghastly as 'Chronicles of Riddick,' but just as unnecessary.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
The effects are good and fans should enjoy some healthy gore.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Stripped-down survivalist sci-fi showcases Vin Diesel's laconic anti-hero, retina-scorching planetary vistas and fearsome creature designs.
Nigel Floyd - Film4
If Forrest Gump were a movie reviewer, he would not characterize Riddick as a box of chocolates. After all, you know exactly what you're gonna get with this movie.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
"Riddick" is better than I expected, and it does provide a decent amount of fun for fans of the genre.
Odie Henderson - RogerEbert.com
The worst movie of the year, and this is the year The Lone Ranger was released.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
I found 'Riddick' surprisingly good at the onset but with diminishing returns as it then plodded through familiar territory and a far too long, two hour running time. (Full Parental Review also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Ignore the parts that trouble you and there are plenty of nonsensical sci-fi moments of idiotic monster bliss to lull you into a B-movie stupor.
Dave White - Movies.com
The entire experience has a pulp feel to it, like they're channeling old science fiction serials.
Matthew Razak - Flixist.com
As a creature feature, Riddick isn't half bad, though it's far from truly good.
Soren Anderson - Seattle Times
Riddick chugs along on Diesel's raw charisma. It's a popcorn movie that seldom takes itself seriously and never minds being Riddick-ulous.
As you're watching this third Riddick installment, you can actually feel the character's potential being wasted, along with precious minutes of your time.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Vin Diesel and filmmaker David Twohy wrestle their iconic intergalactic character back to his leaner, meaner roots in this bluntly titled thriller.
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
It's pretty fun, and it doesn't really matter if you don't recall what happened in the previous "Riddick" films.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Franchises don't work if the movie improves when the main character is offscreen.
Matt Pais - RedEye
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
Amy Nicholson - L.A. Weekly
Diesel seems to have gradually figured out his strengths over the years...
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
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.
Riddick understands the appeal of its eponymous antihero and embraces his dark, anything-to-survive ways.
Mark Dujsik - Sci-Fi Movie Page
While expectations for stellar thespian contributions are minimal, the laziness of the writing coupled with the decibel level of the acting invites cringes, not cheers. At this point, Riddick is better off as a solo act.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
RIDDICK is a fun, old-school, nerdy , R-Rated, Sci-Fi action film that succeeds at being an entertaining and well crafted B-movie.
Austin Kennedy - Film Geek Central
Though it explores overtly familiar territory, Riddick shows that there's life in this franchise yet, improving on its predecessors with a potent blend of suspense, humor and newfound vitality.
- We Got This Covered
...Riddick undoes much of the cumbersome mythology that made Chronicles of Riddick such a laborious slog, and instead returns it to the meat-and-potatoes format of the first film. The results are much more satisfying, if not wholly so.
Drew Taylor - The Playlist
As violent, macho fantasies go, this one is surprisingly engaging, a throwback to '80s sci-fi actioners like Predator in its striking visual approach...its juicy pulp dialogue...and its unabashed hard-"R" gusto.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Tests one's patience while basically boiling down to a lot of squabbling between characters not worth caring about. "Riddick" is a blah effort, sinking into mediocrity when all involved are capable of so much more.
Offers predictable popcorn flick fun amidst all the CGI and brutish behavior.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
Wisely takes things back down a notch, returning to Pitch Black's simple formula of scary creatures, scarier humans, and a barren planet
Eric D. Snider
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.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
I wanted to love this movie with all my heart...
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
There's a difference between taut and dynamically confined, like Twohy's original film, and cramped, sluggish and unimaginative, like this one.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
We've seen it all before, and frankly, don't need to see it again.
Bill Gibron - Film Racket
I expected more originality after nine years.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Dispenses with all pretense that the modern action blockbuster is anything other than the confused, terrified power fantasy of a particularly sheltered and emotionally stunted teenaged boy.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Always bet on Diesel - especially when he's doing what he's most average at, which happens to be starring in sci-fi "Conan the Barbarian" knock-offs.
Graham Killeen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It's B-grade cinema made with A-level intelligence and imagination -- skillfully directed, surprisingly well acted and gratifyingly preposterous.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
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.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - AV Club
The film is ultimately let down by repetitive action sequences, some appalling dialogue and a deeply unpleasant streak of violent misogyny.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
By turns boring and bizarre, although Diesel still has some presence.
In his third and best "chronicle," Vin Diesel's tough, gruff deep-space rogue does what he does best: fighting hordes of hungry aliens in a hostile extraterrestrial environment.
Michael Sauter - Film Journal International
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.
Cary Darling - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
A mostly competent but utterly mediocre exercise in outer-space mayhem.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
There's a pretty damn good piece of entertainment buried in Riddick if you're willing to dig through the bloat to find it.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
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.
Awww, a heartwarming story about a Diesel and his digital dingo dog...
The suspense and involving tone of "Riddick" make it a solid first entry for fall and a credit to the sci-fi genre in an impressive 2013 campaign.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
The clear talent in this cast is Diesel and Sackhoff, but while Vin gets his star due I felt that Sackhoff was underused. The problems in Riddick never subjugate the enjoyment of a sci-fi ride that should help re-energize fans of Pitch Black.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
Even 80 minutes of this hokey macho hogwash would have been too much.
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
'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.
Todd Gilchrist - ScreenCrush
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.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
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.
If you're willing to accept Riddick for what it is, a three-star movie, you will find that it is in fact a four-star three-star movie.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
Where's Xander Cage when you need him?
Kevin Harley - Total Film
Bow down before Riddick as he is our new god.
David Jenkins - Little White Lies
Twohy gets the Pitch Black saga back where it belongs: at the B-movie end of the sci-fi universe.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
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.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
A dark and bloody genre film that delivers in terms of monsters, knives and a healthy bit of gore.
Mark Adams - Screen International
For all its obvious flaws and stupidity, Riddick consistently entertains.
Rob Carnevale - The List
Pitch Black still represents the high point of the series, but Riddick is an entertaining and efficient sci-fi flick.
Jon Lyus - HeyUGuys
Overlong and often overcooked, this is nevertheless a relative return to form for Diesel as the fiendish Furyan.
Chris Hewitt (UK) - Empire Magazine
In a year when big-budget sci-fi flicks have played it safe or pandered to Asia, this hones in on old-school action fans.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
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.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
While this third chapter borrows a little too liberally from Pitch Black to surprise in the same way, it's a step up from The Chronicles Of Riddick.
Jordan Farley - SFX Magazine
Riddick manages to flit effortlessly between moments of humour and menace, with Vin Diesel at his best in the role that propelled him to stardom.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
An obvious throwback to the stripped-back, small-scale sci-fi of Pitch Black... a fun flick with all the right intentions.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk