The Chronicles of Riddick Reviews

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June 5, 2019
The script is heavy-handed and cheesy, the acting is leaden (Dench nonwithstanding), the special effects are overblown, and the costumes are truly ridiculous.
August 24, 2017
I've been patiently waiting for the sequel for years and now this.
September 11, 2013
Makes absolutely no sense in its theatrical cut and still feels awfully messy in Twohy's director's cut.
December 28, 2010
Very violent, brainless explosion movie.
April 29, 2009
There are many plot holes, an inappropriately overly complicated plot, and a lot of pointless aspects that never even bother to make the least bit of sense.
March 30, 2009
Vainly attempts to elevate Riddick into a mythological hero in a political-intrigue contest meant to be Dune in an action context, though it's a lot more like Stargate in a crap context. [Blu-ray]
September 22, 2006
Like the heat on Crematoria, little is fleshed out. But I suppose it really doesn't matter because -- wow, isn't Riddick cool?
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.
July 5, 2005
June 26, 2005
The plot of THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK could be properly understood only after watching DVD extras.
April 2, 2005
April 1, 2005
Riddick starts the way that all great storytelling should: with a voiceover by an old British woman.
December 2, 2004
Just because you want to create a universe doesn't mean you'll be able to present it well, and The Chronicles of Riddick is a case in point.
October 14, 2004
The immense sets look matte-drawn, reminiscent of the decades-old 'This Island Earth.'
August 31, 2004
Diesel is an imposing screen presence even when growling risible dialogue.
August 28, 2004
Overblown, badly written, poorly edited and just downright boring, this is, in a word, Riddickulous. Good special effects, though.
August 28, 2004
It's no Battlefield Earth, but it's no Dune either. And, no, before you ask, it's not destined to be a cult classic.
August 22, 2004
This is deluded filmmaking at best, an idea taken too far, too fast.
August 21, 2004
All the stunning visuals in the world can't raise Chronicles above the level of a ridiculous Rambo-in-space flick.
August 8, 2004
Unwieldy porridge of effects and idiocy.
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