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The Chronicles of Riddick Reviews

Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
June 19, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
June 15, 2004
A preening outer-space costume drama staged as a backdrop for its leading man's muscles.
June 14, 2004
The Chronicles Of Riddick is never dull, but it's far, far, far too pretentious.
June 12, 2004
I enjoyed it immensely, but not because it was any damn good.
June 11, 2004
The muddy, convoluted story revolves around the star's cool-guy poses and one-liners.
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.
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
June 11, 2004
An inane film rendered sometimes laughable by an atmosphere of dead-serious reverence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 11, 2004
A messy, messianic slasher/blaster in the Matrix Half-Loaded tradition, all nonsense plot and baroque costumes, sets and special effects.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
June 11, 2004
A static-filled space opera that is less thrill-a-minute than thrill-an-hour.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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.'
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 11, 2004
There's nothing here you haven't seen before, especially if you own a PlayStation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 11, 2004
Sprawling and ponderous.
Read More | Original Score: C
June 11, 2004
Hyper-assaultive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 11, 2004
Aside from its dark vision and operatic flourishes, Chronicles of Riddick doesn't have much else going for it.
Read More | Original Score: C-
June 11, 2004
A big, cheesy sci-fi flick tailor-made for a young male audience looking for things that go boom.
June 11, 2004
An exercise in computer-generated effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
June 11, 2004
The script is terrible -- a confounding mish-mash of action-thriller chases, sci-fi travelogue and phony political intrigue.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
June 10, 2004
The movie is less than two hours but feels three times as long.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 10, 2004
Bears no resemblance to the movie that spawned its namesake.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 10, 2004
In bodybuilding terms, this overmuscled sequel to Pitch Black is all bulk and no definition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 10, 2004
Plot? Character? Tension? Purpose? Sorry, wrong auditorium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 10, 2004
An overstuffed, ponderous affair that sends its anti-hero on an epic excursion into dullsville.
June 10, 2004
An enjoyably pulpy sci-fi saga that has rough patches.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 10, 2004
The Chronicles of Riddick is many things, but it's never dull.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 10, 2004
Essentially a long-winded excuse for action sequences and Diesel making menacing faces, mostly over his left shoulder.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 10, 2004
A sci-fi disaster on a par with the notorious John Travolta bomb Battlefield Earth.
Read More | Original Score: F
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
June 9, 2004
Mostly a ponderous chronicle.
Full Review | Original Score: C