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The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)



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

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


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

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



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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

Nov 16, 2004


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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.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

June 17, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A preening outer-space costume drama staged as a backdrop for its leading man's muscles.

June 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The Chronicles Of Riddick is never dull, but it's far, far, far too pretentious.

June 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comments (3)
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I enjoyed it immensely, but not because it was any damn good.

June 12, 2004 Full Review Source:
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The muddy, convoluted story revolves around the star's cool-guy poses and one-liners.

June 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Makes absolutely no sense in its theatrical cut and still feels awfully messy in Twohy's director's cut.

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Very violent, brainless explosion movie.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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]

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Comment (1)
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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.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
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.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source:

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.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

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

June 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews | Comment (1)

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

April 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Freeze Dried Movies | Comment (1)
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.

December 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

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

October 14, 2004 Full Review | Comment (1)

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

August 31, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC

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

August 28, 2004 Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Comments (2)

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.

August 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

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.

August 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

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

August 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Audience Reviews for The Chronicles of Riddick

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.
December 6, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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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.
September 21, 2013
Drake Tsui

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September 7, 2013
Directors Cat
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Pitch Black was a fun, entertaining sci-fi flick. The Chronicles of Riddick, with its budget ballooned to $105 million, an even more high profile cast, and an epic visual style that desperately wants to be the next Star Wars, we now have.....a fun, entertaining sci-fi flick. Pitch Black was a cult film with a niche fan base. The Chronicles of Riddick is an attempt to expand that fan base into a summer blockbuster franchise where sequels could potentially generate hundreds of millions of dollars in box office returns as the general public embraces this series like The Lord of the Rings or The Matrix.
Unfortunately, there may not enough here that will make such an attempt work. The dialogue is cheesy and the attempts at humour too often fall flat. Diesel doesn't have much to do other than look tough and say bad one-liners, which is great for fans of Arnold and Stallone movies but probably no one else. The script is also very convoluted. In trying to make this universe have as much depth, religious references, and culture as a galaxy far far away, it throws too much at the viewer, resulting in undeveloped subplots and a story that just rushes through everything.
Having said that, if you turn off your brain and just sit back, it's not a bad film. The design of the planets are visually fascinating and the fight scenes are well choreographed. The film is also well paced, so you never feel too bored or easily distracted. Call this the Star Wars for the ADD generation.
September 5, 2013

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