"Riddick" -- the third sci-fi film to star
In the Los Angeles Times, for example,
Diesel, Phillips says, "has discovered what it means to be a certain kind of movie star, working hard but not too, serving material that, here, does what it's supposed to do."
On the other hand,
Twohy, Dargis says, "has smartly gone back to genre basics with this installment, which serves as an effective reboot. Gone are the silly costumes and wigs, the overstuffed plot and exotic-sounding villains .… Now, there's one man alone, stranded on a seemingly desolate distant planet with only his wits, his fists and his voice-over."
Lowe continues: "Plenty of bone crunching and blood gushing, along with some selective nudity, have boosted the movie's rating up to an 'R,' but lacking the distinctive visual style, robust production design and planet-hopping pace of its predecessor, 'Riddick' feels mired in stasis."
Stephanie Merry of the
The AP's Jocelyn Noveck calls the screenplay "lethally inadequate" and the dialogue "ridiculously clumsy," but also writes, "Not all is bleak. The bald and beefy Diesel, whose sturdy commercial appeal is proven again and again with the huge success of the 'Fast & Furious' franchise, is always fun to watch. But his presence alone, comfortably durable as it is, can't make up for the total lack of other interesting characters."
Perhaps she forgot about the computer-generated pet dingo?