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Riddick (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 155
Fresh: 91 | Rotten: 64

It may not win the franchise many new converts, but this back-to-basics outing brings Riddick fans more of the brooding sci-fi action they've come to expect.

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 19

It may not win the franchise many new converts, but this back-to-basics outing brings Riddick fans more of the brooding sci-fi action they've come to expect.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Riddick, the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000's hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy. The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless.

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Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy

David Twohy

Jan 14, 2014

$42.0M

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All Critics (155) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (91) | Rotten (64)

He's spent the bulk of his career hiding in franchises, hypermasculinizing himself. We can live with this. But this new movie makes you wonder whether Diesel can.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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David Twohy's film is scarcely original, but the sheer survivalist grind of our hero, against comical odds, becomes appealingly mad ...

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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A vibrant stylistic mishmash that works brilliantly in chunks but is ultimately too scattered to sustain any cohesion.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Riddick, an alternately kick-ass and clumsy piece of sci-fi claptrap that puts its empty head down and gets the job done.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
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Fans of lean, mean, testosterone-steeped sci-fi action are likely to find Riddick kind of a blast, however -- even though it offers few surprises.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie's cheap but has a sense of humor, and it's smart enough to let Riddick just get back to being a badass.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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If you are a fan of sci-fi, of horror, and/or of the mix of the two genres, you should find plenty to enjoy here and I recommend the film to you.

August 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Forbes
Forbes

Maybe the return of Xander Cage will be better.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: The Verge
The Verge

A general scuzziness and dinginess starts to creep over the picture like a mold ... soon, it's hard to get your heart-rate up over whether or not the coming wave of scorpo-aliens kill these scowling, sneering bags of man-meat.

December 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Too Riddick-ulous to recommend, although a few of the more outlandish effects are a hoot (gorehounds will dig what the captive Riddick does with that machete).

October 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Riddick turns out to be one of the most pleasantly surprising multiplex films so far this year...bizarre as it sounds, the film essentially shapes up as a quality chamber piece set in the dusty wastes of an alien planet.

September 29, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

This is the real sequel to 'Pitch Black,' although it took about nine years for star Vin Diesel to accomplish it. The stories of Richard Riddick need to be R-rated fare, not the PG-13 stuff of 'The Chronicles of Riddick.'

September 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The third installment in Vin Diesel's adventures as über-badass, glowing contacts-wearing murderer Riddick begins like the original Pitch Black, then turns into something like a low-grade slasher movie with tedious Chronicles Of Riddick-like dialogue.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Rip It Up

Twohy gets back to basics, returning the character to his B-movie roots in a stripped-down tale of competition and survival.

September 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Put simply, it's not a great film but it's still watchable.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

An economical and solidly entertaining film that recaptures everything that made Pitch Black such a cult favorite.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Putting the fury back into the Furyan, Riddick recaptures the stripped-back edge of Pitch Black, opting for an R-rated, back-to-basics survivalist romp that suits the character far better.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Riddick brings the character back to what people enjoyed about Pitch Black; Twohy's Diesel idolatry aside there's entertaining sci-fi action thrills to be had, once.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

"Riddick" a Bit of B-Movie Heaven

September 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Illinois Times
Illinois Times

A step up from the 2004 slumber party The Chronicles of Riddick but still a few rungs down the ladder from 2000's pitch-perfect Pitch Black.

September 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

It isn't a string of polished sci-fi pearls, but it does deliver pretty much what fans expect: action, creatures, effects, dry humor, and a grown-up mix of skin, blood and language.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

I'm not sure that Riddick is an effective argument in favor of continuing Riddick's solo adventures, but it's a more fitting conclusion to his chronicles than the previous movie.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

Once again, the film is so over-serious that it's faintly ridiculous, but it's packed with nerve-jangling moments.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Riddick justifies its existence purely through a good sense of violent fun.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

Audience Reviews for Riddick

After the odd and unpopular side-step that was The Chronicles of Riddick, David Twohy decided to give the people what they want and that is more of the same that made Pitch Black so popular. When I say more of the same I mean exactly the same. Instead of the beasties coming out when it is dark, they now come out when it's wet and guess what, there's a rain coming. It's silly and mindless, fun and entertaining. The beginning of the film shows Riddick in solitude, he tames a Dog and lives a simple life of survival. This part of the story is strong and gives David Twohy's vision of the character some weight. He then gets on with what we want, a silly horror with Aliens that have sharp tails. It's Pitch Black 2, forget that The Chronicles of Riddick ever happened and enjoy.

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May 12, 2014
SirPant

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First things first, I really liked "Pitch Black", but hated "Chronicles of Riddick". "Black" was a fantastic, original sci-fi movie that when I saw in the theater, I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was. "Chronicles" on the other hand was a bloated sci-fi epic movie that missed the mark in a lot of ways. Here, "Riddick" goes back to it's roots and has much more in common with "Black" than "Chronicles", and that's a good thing. The plot is very basic, Riddick(Vin Diesel) has been left for dead on a weird planet. Bounty hunters show up to capture him, when they have to team up to battle some pretty crazy looking alien monster things. It has good action, and the effects aren't great(they had a low budget), but they aren't the worst I've ever seen either. As for the acting, if you were expecting award worthy performances, then you're at the wrong movie. It is what it is, which is fine. I don't think this is better than "Pitch Black", but a big step in the right direction if this franchise is going to continue. Worth a watch? Sure. It's a perfect rental if your in the mood for a sci-fi action flick.
January 28, 2014
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

It's an exhilarating adrenaline-rush. It goes back to the basics of the original, getting back into Riddick's dark and menacing side and just adds to the tension. It's Die Hard on a Alien planet. Vin Diesel is back in pure form as his true signature character, Riddick. Diesel brings a great physical presence as usual and delivers something unique and intimidating, and dose not fail to make him entertaining to fill two hours. It delivers enough heart-pounding action, hair-raising tension and breakneck suspense to keep your satisfied. It's not an original sequel but it does do well with what it has and is fun. Director, David Twohy's film is too recycled and dose not add anything new or unique to the table but still is thrilling and entertaining enough too keep things moving. Diesels performance as Riddick is the only thing worth noticing. Urban is in like three minutes and Katee Sackoff is gorgeous, she and Diesel have no chemistry and apparently almost plays the same character as she does in Battle star.
January 15, 2014
allan913

Super Reviewer

Pretty damn awful to be honest
December 28, 2013
stuartb1234

Super Reviewer

    1. Riddick: You're all scared of the wrong thing.
    – Submitted by Frances H (25 days ago)
    1. Riddick: Don't know how many times I've been crossed off a list and left for dead. Guess when it first happens the day you were born, you're going to lose count.
    – Submitted by Frances H (26 days ago)
    1. Boss Johns: A stressed animal is gonna run to ground it knows.
    – Submitted by Fenky G (8 months ago)
    1. Riddick: Good color. Matches your nipples.
    – Submitted by In Your D (11 months ago)
    1. Dahl: I want to tell you something. Sweet-like.
    – Submitted by In Your D (11 months ago)
    1. Boss Johns: Reload!
    – Submitted by In Your D (11 months ago)
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