Riddick Reviews

  • Riddick disappoints.

    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

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