Riddick 3 || Movie Reviews
Tom Huddleston of Time Out gave the film two out of five stars, saying “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.” Scott Foundas of Variety gave the film a positive review, saying “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.” Justin Lowe of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a negative review, saying “Faithful to the template if not the spirit of previous installments, this flabby second sequel barely manages to advance Riddick’s considerable personal mythology.” Keith Staskiewicz of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a C+, saying “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.”
Jocelyn Noveck of the Associated Press gave the film one and a half stars out of four, saying “Sloppy is a kind word, actually, for the ridiculously clumsy dialogue in Riddick, the third and latest installment of the sci-fi saga.” Keith Uhlich of Time Out New York gave the film three out of five stars, saying “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.” Bruce Demara of the Toronto Star gave the film three out of four stars, saying “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.” Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune gave the film three out of four stars, saying “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.” Soren Anderson of The Seattle Times gave the film two out of four stars, saying “As a creature feature, Riddick isn’t half bad, though it’s far from truly good.” Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News gave the film one out of five stars, saying “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.”
Barbara VanDenburgh of The Arizona Republic gave the film three out of five stars, saying “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.” Rafer Guzman of Newday gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying “It’s B-grade cinema made with A-level intelligence and imagination—skillfully directed, surprisingly well acted and gratifyingly preposterous.” David Hiltbrand of The Philadelphia Inquirer gave the film two out of four stars, saying “Somehow along the way, in the film’s only attempt to humanize him, Riddick acquires a pet. That makes Riddick the first (and one hopes the last) film to borrow heavily from both Alien and Old Yeller.” Claudia Puig of USA Today gave the film one out of four stars, saying “Move along, there’s nothing to see and no one to root for in this murky franchise reboot.” Stephanie Merry of The Washington Post gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying “Riddick” can be cheesy and silly, not to mention excessively violent, but it’s also fun.” Kyle Smith of the New York Post gave the film a mixed review, saying “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.”
Stephen Whitty of the Newark Star-Ledger gave the film one and a half stars out of four, saying “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.” Rene Rodriguez of The Miami Herald gave the film one out of four stars, saying “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.” Adam Graham of Detroit News gave the film a C–, saying “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.” James Berardinelli of ReelViews gave the film three out of four stars, saying “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.” Amy Nicholson of The Village Voice gave the film a negative review, saying “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.” Nick Schager of Slant Magazine gave the film one out of four stars, saying “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.”
Riddick grossed $42,025,135 in North America, and $56,312,160 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $98,337,295. In North America, the film opened to number one in its first weekend, with $19,030,375. In its second weekend, the film dropped to number three, grossing an additional $6,841,800. In its third weekend, the film dropped to number eight, grossing $3,656,620. In its fourth weekend, the film dropped to number 13, grossing $1,607,145.
Riddick was released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 14, 2014. The film grossed an additional $23,026,441 through domestic Blu-ray and DVD sales.
On January 29, 2014, Vin Diesel announced on his Facebook page that Universal Pictures wishes to develop a fourth Riddick film, again prompted by robust DVD sales of the most recent film in the series.