Pitch Black is such a stinker that it makes Twohy's previous sci-fi thriller, The Arrival, look halfway decent.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
A solid creature feature, but not at all a revelatory one.
| Original Score: 7/10
Original Riddick pic is violent, with teamwork rewarded.
| Original Score: 3/5
contains unpredictable nuances that make for thrilling amusement
| Original Score: B
...your typical run-for-your-life-the-monsters-are-coming science fiction adventure that requires one to park his brain at the front door of the theater before entering.
| Original Score: 2/5
One of the better sci-fi movies to come around in a very long time.
A fairly efficient science fiction monster film, somewhat in the mold of an old 1950s B-movie.
If only there had been as much time spent on creating believable aliens as there obviously was on the landscape.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Under the circumstances it's not really fair to blame the actors, whose amateurishness seems appropriate to the material (although Diesel's stolid machismo is so over-the-top as to be pretty laughable).
| Original Score: F
A smart, suspenseful sci-fi movie from director Twohy, whose underrated 1996 film, The Arrival, also brought visual imagination and intelligence to the genre.
Manages to surprise and delight, thanks to its small-scale attitude.
Hey man, it's February. You've already picked through all the leftover Oscar-bait you can take, so it's no time to be picky.
PITCH BLACK deserves to be recommended as a solid piece of genre entertainment.
| Original Score: 6/10
The derivativeness of the script keeps any tensions from building into any kind of scariness.
| Original Score: D+
Lackluster both as science-fiction and horror.
| Original Score: C
One of the best of the sci-fi spectacles cut from the Alien cloth.
| Original Score: 3/4
A solid entry in the genre of science fiction horror.
| Original Score: 8/10
The action scenes are good, if sparse.
Some hard-core science-fiction fans might nit-pick over details in Pitch Black, but for the average moviegoer looking to be entertained, this roller-coaster of a film should not be missed.
At least as much as The Blair Witch Project before it, Pitch Black shows us how disconcerting total darkness can be.