‘Riddick’ Reviews: Critics Are Divided On Vin Diesel’s Latest Adventure

Vin Diesel’s latest cinematic adventure Riddick opens in theaters today (September 6). Unfortunately, it would appear that critics aren’t overly impressed with the endeavor.

Director David Twohy’s latest effort follows the exploits of an intergalactic ruffian (Diesel) and his encounter with a group of bounty hunters on a distant planet. However, the hunters will have to join forces with their prey to battle a legion of blood-thirsty monsters.

Although Vin Diesel is extremely proud of Riddick, some reviewers weren’t completely sold on the character’s most recent cinematic journey. The film currently sports a Rotten Tomatoes score of 55 percent. At the moment, the sequel doesn’t have a high enough score to be considered fresh.

Her review of the film may not have been glowing, but Arizona Republic movie critic Barbara VanDenburgh seemed to appreciate the film for what it is.

“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,” the reviewer explained.

Soren Anderson of the Seattle Times was also a little underwhelmed with the movie. While he seemed to enjoy the tale Riddick was attempting to tell, he admitted that the flick wasn’t exactly top-notch entertainment.

“As a creature feature, ‘Riddick’ isn’t half bad, though it’s far from truly good,” Anderson wrote.

However, Time Out New York film critic Keith Uhlich clearly enjoyed what Vin Diesel and David Twohy have put together. Moviegoers who thrive on this sort of late-summer nonsense will clearly get a kick out of Riddick. This writer is definitely counted among that group.

“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,” Uhlich explained.

Be sure to check out the trailer for the flick if you haven’t already.

Vin Diesel’s Riddick is in theaters right now. Are you planning to catch the character’s latest cinematic adventure on the big screen this weekend?

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