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Riddick (2013)


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

Critics Consensus: 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.

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

Critics Consensus: 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.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 94,733


Movie Info

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. … More

R (for strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
David Twohy
In Theaters:
Jan 14, 2014
Box Office:
Universal Classics - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Riddick

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.

Full Review… | January 6, 2014
Top Critic

David Twohy's film is scarcely original, but the sheer survivalist grind of our hero, against comical odds, becomes appealingly mad ...

Full Review… | September 16, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

A vibrant stylistic mishmash that works brilliantly in chunks but is ultimately too scattered to sustain any cohesion.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Riddick, an alternately kick-ass and clumsy piece of sci-fi claptrap that puts its empty head down and gets the job done.

Full Review… | September 6, 2013
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 6, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 6, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 5, 2014

Maybe the return of Xander Cage will be better.

Full Review… | January 22, 2014
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.

Full Review… | December 27, 2013
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).

Full Review… | October 24, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 29, 2013

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.'

Full Review… | September 28, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013

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

Full Review… | September 18, 2013
Q Network Film Desk

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

Full Review… | September 16, 2013
ABC Radio Brisbane

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

Full Review… | September 15, 2013

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.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013
2UE That Movie Show

"Riddick" a Bit of B-Movie Heaven

Full Review… | September 14, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 14, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 13, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 13, 2013
Television Without Pity

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

Full Review… | September 13, 2013
Shadows on the Wall

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

Full Review… | September 12, 2013

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.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


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.

Everett Johnson
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.

Al S

Super Reviewer


Pretty damn awful to be honest

Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

Riddick Quotes

You're all scared of the wrong thing.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 months ago)
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 (2 months ago)
Boss Johns:
A stressed animal is gonna run to ground it knows.
– Submitted by Fenky G (9 months ago)
Good color. Matches your nipples.
– Submitted by In Your D (13 months ago)
I want to tell you something. Sweet-like.
– Submitted by In Your D (13 months ago)
Boss Johns:
– Submitted by In Your D (13 months ago)

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