Excerpt: If the rest of the RIDDICK franchise is as abysmal as the third installment in the series, I’m glad I never made the choice to catch up with the previous two efforts. Maybe there is some benefit of the doubt to be given, as clearly someone enjoyed PITCH BLACK and CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK enough for Vin Diesel to push to make #3… but after suffering through an incredibly lifeless RIDDICK for two hours, I wouldn’t even know where to begin looking for such generosity.
Excerpt: Riddick is the type of cheesy schlock you’d expect to see premiering on the Syfy channel, not in nationwide multiplexes where one pays $12 a ticket, but it doesn’t even muster up enough so-bad-it’s-good appeal for Mike and the Bots to heckle on “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”
Excerpt: Basically, Riddick strays and strains while never serving up a throbbing storyline to justify why the audience wants to reacquaint themselves with the pumped-up planetary bad boy…merely coasting on the roguish reputation of Diesel’s screen alter ego…
Excerpt: For a movie about a fearsome convict on the loose, one that’s the third entry in a series about said convict, and one that’s produced by the actor playing said convict, Riddick is awfully shy about letting its title character show up on screen as much as might be desired.
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
Excerpt: A mostly competent but utterly mediocre exercise in outer-space mayhem.