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Pitch Black Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
A step backward from The Arrival.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
If only there had been as much time spent on creating believable aliens as there obviously was on the landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Pitch Black is action science-fiction that barely qualifies as action and not at all as either science or fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: D
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Was everyone so gung-ho on making a stylish sci-fi flick that it never occurred to anyone how nonsensical and even amoral the whole thing was?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
It is easy to root for the aliens to possibly, against all odds for such formulaic films, pick off all the survivors of the spacecraft.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Susan Granger
January 1, 2000
A noisy, nightmarish waste of time and money, the producers' and yours.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
The derivativeness of the script keeps any tensions from building into any kind of scariness.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Pitch Black is one of those annoyingly noisy outer-space thrillers where you can't figure out the characters' names at first, and when you finally do, they are either dead or you hate them.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
We've seen this movie before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
Dumb, direct and derivative.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
Neither scary nor exciting nor much of anything, save eyestrain.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
[The actors] are graduates of the Arnold Schwarzenegger School of Emoting.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Made to please those who can't get enough rote, cheesy sci-fi, Pitch Black promises to make us long for the glory days of Species 2 and Deepstar Six.
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
There's lots of promise for this Twohy guy, assuming he gets hold of a more audacious story (maybe not his) next time around.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 5, 2014
Pitch Black is such a stinker that it makes Twohy's previous sci-fi thriller, The Arrival, look halfway decent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
David Keyes
January 1, 2000
To say the movie could have been great is most accurate; unfortunately, neither the characters nor the story have anywhere to go once the nightfall has settled in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
The dialogue and performances are flat when not laughably bad.
Sarah Heim and David Weld
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
By no means an excellent movie, or even a reasonably good one, but it is much better than most of its sic-fi brethren today.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
[A] derivative, plot-hole ridden sci-fi flick, redeemed only by the blazing star-in-the-making quality of Vin Diesel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 4, 2004
Lackluster both as science-fiction and horror.
| Original Score: C
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Andrew Howe
Film Written Magazine
April 2, 2001
A cut-above the B-movie fare which pollutes the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

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