Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Riddick is Decent Action Fare

Plus, Red Obsession, Fire In The Blood, and I Am Breathing are strong documentaries.

by | September 5, 2013 | Comments

This week, we’ve only got one new film in wide release: Riddick, starring Vin Diesel and Karl Urban in the continuing adventures of the titular 28th Century soldier. What do the critics have to say?



Nearly a decade after The Chronicles of Riddick, everyone’s favorite intergalactic survivalist is back — but is he better than ever? Critics say Riddick is weighted down by bad dialogue and some generic plotting, but if you’re in the market for a decent meat-and-potatoes action flick, you could do much worse. This time out, Riddick finds himself trapped on an inhospitable planet crawling with aliens. So he sends out a distress signal to the bounty hunters on his trail, with the hope of commandeering a craft and escaping to a safer place in the universe. The pundits say Riddick is strictly genre fare, and as such, it offers bone-crunching sci-fi thrills and a muddled narrative in nearly equal measure. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Diesel’s best-reviewed movies.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Red Obsession, a documentary about the wild world of counterfeit wine, is at 100 percent.
  • Fire In The Blood, an activist documentary about the high cost of prescription drugs, is at 94 percent.
  • I Am Breathing, a documentary about a man suffering from ALS who works to make his last days as fruitful as possible, is at 94 percent.
  • The Future, starring Rutger Hauer in a psychological thriller about a group of young people who hatch a plot to rob an aging movie star, is at 86 percent.
  • Populaire, a period romantic comedy about the relationship between a slick insurance agent and his fast-typing secretary, is at 69 percent.
  • My Father and the Man in Black, a doc about the relationship between Johnny Cash and his manager Saul Holiff, is at 58 percent.
  • 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film, a crowdsourced doc on the recent protest movement, is at 57 percent.
  • La Maison De La Radio, a documentary portrait of the inner workings of Radio France, is at 50 percent.
  • Adore, starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright in a drama about two women with disturbingly close relationships with each other’s sons, is at 44 percent.
  • Hell Baby, starring Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb in a horror comedy about the strange things that happen when expectant parents move into a creepy old house in New Orleans, is at 40 percent.
  • A Teacher, a thriller about a high school teacher who has an affair with one of her students, is at 38 percent.
  • Salinger, a documentary about the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye, is at 36 percent.
  • Bounty Killer, a dystopian action flick about rival killers of white-collar criminals, is at 33 percent.
  • Touchy Feely, starring Rosemarie DeWitt and Ellen Page in a dramedy about a masseuse who develops a phobia to touching skin, is at 32 percent.
  • Winnie Mandela, starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard in a biopic of the South African first lady, is at six percent.

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