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The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 163
Fresh: 47
Rotten: 116

Critics Consensus: As an action movie, Riddick offers some thrills, but as a sequel to Pitch Black, it's a disappointment.

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 33

Critics Consensus: As an action movie, Riddick offers some thrills, but as a sequel to Pitch Black, it's a disappointment.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 328,128


Movie Info

Vin Diesel returns as the nocturnally gifted antihero Riddick in this sequel to the 2000 cult item Pitch Black. Riddick, on the run from the law and evading mercenaries eager to claim the price on his head, seeks refuge on the planet of Helion, only to discover he's walked into a world in chaos. Helion has been seized by the Lord Marshall (Colm Feore), leader of the Necromongers, a race of bloodthirsty warriors determined to wipe out humanity throughout the universe. Aereon (Judi Dench), leader … More

PG-13 (for intense sequences of violent action and some language)
Action & Adventure , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
David Twohy
In Theaters:
Nov 16, 2004
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Chronicles of Riddick

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (116) | DVD (38)

The sequel baton pass at the finale is pretty nifty, but it's surely asking too much to think the filmmakers could leave us wanting more. Come to think of it, much, much less would have been best.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

With writer-director David Twohy's mega-budget follow-up to his Pitch Black, what was once a purring engine has become a gas-guzzling, accident-prone Humvee.

Full Review… | June 17, 2004
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

A preening outer-space costume drama staged as a backdrop for its leading man's muscles.

Full Review… | June 15, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

The Chronicles Of Riddick is never dull, but it's far, far, far too pretentious.

Full Review… | June 14, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

I enjoyed it immensely, but not because it was any damn good.

Full Review… | June 12, 2004
Top Critic

The muddy, convoluted story revolves around the star's cool-guy poses and one-liners.

Full Review… | June 11, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Makes absolutely no sense in its theatrical cut and still feels awfully messy in Twohy's director's cut.

Full Review… | September 11, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

Big, bloated and surprisingly uninspired, The Chronicles Of Riddick is everything that Pitch Black wasn't.

Full Review… | September 11, 2013
Flix Capacitor

Very violent, brainless explosion movie.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

There are many plot holes, an inappropriately overly complicated plot, and a lot of pointless aspects that never even bother to make the least bit of sense.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Vainly attempts to elevate Riddick into a mythological hero in a political-intrigue contest meant to be Dune in an action context, though it's a lot more like Stargate in a crap context. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | March 30, 2009
Groucho Reviews

Twohy gives the film a vehement comic-book energy, and the eye-popping production design by Holger Gross is like Boris Vallejo's Greatest Hits come to life.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

Riddick is a loner, Dottie, a rebel. He's a simple man, like Pee-Wee Herman, who is not concerned with getting the girl. But, unlike Pee-Wee, poor Riddick doesn't even have a bicycle for companionship.

Full Review… | September 29, 2006

Like the heat on Crematoria, little is fleshed out. But I suppose it really doesn't matter because -- wow, isn't Riddick cool?

September 22, 2006
Christianity Today

It's been a long time since anyone bothered to create a new, big budget cinematic mythos out of scratch, and Twohy has poured a great deal of money into the look of his movie.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

The plot of THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK could be properly understood only after watching DVD extras.

Full Review… | June 26, 2005

Riddick starts the way that all great storytelling should: with a voiceover by an old British woman.

Full Review… | April 1, 2005
Freeze Dried Movies

Just because you want to create a universe doesn't mean you'll be able to present it well, and The Chronicles of Riddick is a case in point.

Full Review… | December 2, 2004
Window to the Movies

The immense sets look matte-drawn, reminiscent of the decades-old 'This Island Earth.'

Full Review… | October 14, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Diesel is an imposing screen presence even when growling risible dialogue.

Full Review… | August 31, 2004

Overblown, badly written, poorly edited and just downright boring, this is, in a word, Riddickulous. Good special effects, though.

Full Review… | August 28, 2004

It's no Battlefield Earth, but it's no Dune either. And, no, before you ask, it's not destined to be a cult classic.

Full Review… | August 28, 2004
Empire Magazine

This is deluded filmmaking at best, an idea taken too far, too fast.

Full Review… | August 22, 2004

Space opera, a prison breakout, spectral zealots and an anarchist anti-hero - dumb, maybe, but this film has enough in it to make you see the light.

Full Review… | August 21, 2004

All the stunning visuals in the world can't raise Chronicles above the level of a ridiculous Rambo-in-space flick.

Full Review… | August 21, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Chronicles of Riddick


Riddick returns to discover that he is a warrior prophesied to end the brutal reign of a race of religious zealots conducting a crusade against the rest of the universe. I was a fan of David Twohy's previous work, particularly the original to this somewhat bloated sequel Pitch Black which was a visually stylish sci-fi horror that inventively transcended it's meagre budget. In this however he has the keys to the toyshop and wantonly plunders from Macbeth, Krull and everything in between. He is clearly trying to do Star Wars in the style of Dune, but falls a little short of the epic scale he was aiming for because the mythology he has created is slightly unconvincing and the somewhat episodic plotting. The story is little more than a series of excuses for spectacular set pieces and some of the dialogue is clunky at best, but it never bores and is always a visual feast; the special effects stand up well today and it has some wonderful production design. In fact this film is guilty of a lot of the same self indulgent excess as the Star Wars prequels, but with one major difference: Twohy can actually direct. It won't be to everyone's taste but if you are a fan of pulpy sci-fi, it should be a fun ride.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Mediocre follow up to Pitch Black, I was very much let down by this sequel, and I felt it was a tiresome, boring movie that tried way too hard at outdoing the original. The biggest problem with that is, Pitch Black was never a great film, and it was a film that boasted impressive action with an average story and an average cast. Overall that film needed a lot of work to make it a memorable outing, and left a lot to be desired. The Chronicles of Riddick is a picture that suffers from an underdeveloped script and it tries to put way too many elements on-screen that don't work. This film is a mess from start to finish and way too long for what it is. I think the film should have been shorter, and that the script should have been reworked significantly. There were a few interesting ideas, but overall, like I said, it's a mess because the film is all over the place. If you've enjoyed the first film, you may be let down by this sequel. The Chronicles of Riddick is yet another follow up that fails to expand and deliver something better than the original. Pitch Black wasn't perfect, and it left a lot to be desired, but it was entertaining and fun. This on the other hand is a strained picture that fails in delivering anything really interesting for the viewer. This movie is purely for Diesel fans, and no one else. Don't go into this one expecting a better film than Pitch Black, you'll be disappointed as The Chronicles of Riddick is all over the map, and you're trying to figure out what's going on, on-screen. Like I said, it's a mess of a picture, and overall it's just boring, dull and ultimately not interesting. This film should have been much better, instead it just falls flat.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer


Whose bright idea was it to put a gritty brawny action hero into some bizarre, convoluted Shakespearean Sci Fi Opera? I seriously can not believe that Pitch Black and this piece of crap was written by the same guy. The style and tone is completely different and not for the better.

I also can't believe the production values on this thing, that's just irresponsible. Not all the badassery in the world could have saved this piece staged rubbish.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

The Chronicles of Riddick Quotes

Richard B. Riddick:
Tea actually.
– Submitted by Brandon V (2 years ago)
If I owned this place and Hell, I'd live in Hell and rent this place out.
– Submitted by David S (2 years ago)
Lord Marshal:
These are his last moments!
– Submitted by D'Army J (3 years ago)
Lord Marshal:
Join him, or join me.
– Submitted by D Edward F (3 years ago)
Lord Marshal:
What do you think of this blade?
Richard B. Riddick:
I think it's a half-gram heavy on the back end.
– Submitted by D Edward F (3 years ago)
Lord Marshal:
Been a long time since I've seen my own blood.
– Submitted by D Edward F (3 years ago)

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