The Chronicles of Riddick Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 10, 2004
Makes you long for the days when all Twohy wanted to do was make a decent scary movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 11, 2004
A messy, messianic slasher/blaster in the Matrix Half-Loaded tradition, all nonsense plot and baroque costumes, sets and special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
June 14, 2004
It would have been more apropos had the filmmakers titled this confusing sci-fi epic 'The Chronicles of Ridiculous.'
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 11, 2004
An exercise in computer-generated effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 10, 2004
Although The Chronicles of Riddick offers its share of solidly entertaining moments, it doesn't hold together as a single, coherent motion picture experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 10, 2004
Thandie Newton swings her hips until they almost smack into the walls on both sides as the scheming wife of Lord Marshal's space-age-mullet-sporting henchman.
| Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Very violent, brainless explosion movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
June 11, 2004
Much like a William S. Burroughs novel, the film could be cut up and reassembled and make just as much sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
June 10, 2004
Pitch Black sequel tries to make a condiment a main course -- and offers action fans a meager meal in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
June 10, 2004
Clearly Twohy intended Riddick to be a big, flashy, comic-book affair, but the lure of Franchise Filmmaking seems to have dulled his genre-loving sensibilties.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 14, 2004
The Chronicles Of Riddick is never dull, but it's far, far, far too pretentious.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 11, 2004
Whereas Pitch Black served up witty, elegant suspense, the new one is dull, blunt gun-and-run.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
June 11, 2004
With Riddick, audiences finally have the kind of movie for which terms like blockbuster were born.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
June 9, 2004
...stomps onto screens with an attitude that's somehow both obtuse and far too simplistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christian Toto
Washington Times
June 11, 2004
Chronicles packs too much story into what should be another Diesel shoot 'em up
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 16, 2004
Eschewing the claustrophobic minimalism of its predecessor Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick is an extravagant orgy of used sci-fi parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
June 13, 2004
More than mere ambition is required to pull off something as bombastic and bloated as this without it looking, you know, bombastic and bloated.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
June 10, 2004
Weighted down with money, pretension and Diesel's tenuous importance -- and not enough story story story -- the follow-up to Pitch Black inverts nearly everything that made the first film an effective-enough shocker.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 11, 2013
Makes absolutely no sense in its theatrical cut and still feels awfully messy in Twohy's director's cut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011

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June 19, 2004
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