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The quickest and easiest way to humanize an unlikeable movie character is to give him a lovable dog, and so it goes with Riddick.
It's fun! Extremely violent, cleverly managed fun, full of eviscerating aliens.
It's nothing new for sure, but writer/director David Twohy...throws in enough entertaining touches to maintain interest - despite an overlong two-hour running time.
Riddick isn't perfect but it's a good high-octane sci-fi tinged action/thriller.
Riddick is a fractured skeleton of a script, with each distinct installment scratching its own itch.
Overlong and often overcooked, this is nevertheless a relative return to form for Diesel as the fiendish Furyan.
San Francisco Chronicle
The result isn't a great film, but it's true to the original brutal vision.
Purely as an action film, Riddick is passable, if grueling. The problem is tonal.
An alternately kick-ass and clumsy piece of sci-fi claptrap that puts its empty head down and gets the job done.
Too stodgy for B-movie suspense, too silly to shock, too sexist to stomach, Diesel's return misfires.
The aliens are unscary and easily despatched, Vin's too silent to be interesting, and the other characters - a gang of bounty hunters on Riddick's trail - are either dull or offensive.
Playing it safe with a script that offers Riddick up as a lone avenging hero, Twohy passes on the opportunity to effectively shade the character's distinctive dimensionality.
Like Vin Diesel, it has bulk, lumbering clumsily along as it repeats Diesel's greatest hits - the ones that don't require him to drive a fast and furious car.
The only reason to root for Riddick is that his name is on the ticket stub. But he's so dull and the hunters so weird that we're literally cheering for the movie to kill off its personality, one throat slash at a time.
The entire movie bears the whiff of a vanity project - 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.
Move along, there's nothing to see and no one to root for in this murky franchise reboot.
The story feels like quicksand. Riddick, which couldn't even qualify for proper summer movie placement, moves like Martian molasses and can't present an action scene to save its life. You'll wish you had Uncle Martin's ability to speed people - not to mention awful movies - up.

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