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The Chronicles of Riddick Reviews

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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
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Toronto Star
June 19, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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Robert Abele
L.A. Weekly
June 17, 2004
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.
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Benjamin Strong
Village Voice
June 15, 2004
A preening outer-space costume drama staged as a backdrop for its leading man's muscles.
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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.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 12, 2004
I enjoyed it immensely, but not because it was any damn good.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 11, 2004
The muddy, convoluted story revolves around the star's cool-guy poses and one-liners.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 11, 2004
The Chronicles of Riddick doesn't hark back merely to the classic horror or science fiction canon but to nearly every single cinematic genre in the book, from westerns to film noir to sword-and-sandal epics.
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
June 11, 2004
Diesel makes a fine action star, and some of the fight scenes are cool, but resistance is recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 11, 2004
An inane film rendered sometimes laughable by an atmosphere of dead-serious reverence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 11, 2004
A static-filled space opera that is less thrill-a-minute than thrill-an-hour.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
June 11, 2004
Writer-director David Twohy has a much bigger budget than he did for Pitch Black, but he makes the all-too-common mistake of believing money can substitute for imagination.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
June 11, 2004
Despite a few goofily entertaining moments that are so over the top they are instant camp, the movie suggests that the hero's name derives from 'ridiculous.'
| Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 11, 2004
There's nothing here you haven't seen before, especially if you own a PlayStation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
June 11, 2004
Sprawling and ponderous.
| Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 11, 2004
Hyper-assaultive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 11, 2004
Aside from its dark vision and operatic flourishes, Chronicles of Riddick doesn't have much else going for it.
| Original Score: C-
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June 11, 2004
A big, cheesy sci-fi flick tailor-made for a young male audience looking for things that go boom.
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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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 11, 2004
A hodgepodge of Lord of the Rings, Starship Troopers, and the more recent Star Wars films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
June 11, 2004
The script is terrible -- a confounding mish-mash of action-thriller chases, sci-fi travelogue and phony political intrigue.
| Original Score: 2/4
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David Rooney
Variety
June 10, 2004
The Chronicles of Riddick may not quite gain entry to the hallowed pantheon of interstellar cheese of a Battlefield Earth, but it's not far behind.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 10, 2004
The movie is less than two hours but feels three times as long.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 10, 2004
Bears no resemblance to the movie that spawned its namesake.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 10, 2004
In bodybuilding terms, this overmuscled sequel to Pitch Black is all bulk and no definition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 10, 2004
Plot? Character? Tension? Purpose? Sorry, wrong auditorium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 10, 2004
An overstuffed, ponderous affair that sends its anti-hero on an epic excursion into dullsville.
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
June 10, 2004
An enjoyably pulpy sci-fi saga that has rough patches.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 10, 2004
The Chronicles of Riddick is many things, but it's never dull.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
June 10, 2004
In terms of idiotic, incoherent plot progression, David Twohy's spacey follow-up is in a class by itself. Think John Travolta's Battlefield Earth and then drop a couple of rungs.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 10, 2004
Essentially a long-winded excuse for action sequences and Diesel making menacing faces, mostly over his left shoulder.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
June 10, 2004
The tightness of the Pitch Black horror-movie structure has been replaced by sprawl and lots of back story, geography and interstellar politics.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 10, 2004
A sci-fi disaster on a par with the notorious John Travolta bomb Battlefield Earth.
| Original Score: F
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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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 9, 2004
Mostly a ponderous chronicle.
Full Review | Original Score: C