Pitch Black Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A smart, suspenseful sci-fi movie from director Twohy, whose underrated 1996 film, The Arrival, also brought visual imagination and intelligence to the genre.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
The script is a compendium of science-fiction clichés, familiar in Hollywood movies since the early fifties.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The film works because it's strong on fundamentals: fear of the dark, fear of helplessness, fear of the unknown, and fear of unpredictable human behavior.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
In the movie's last hour, writer-director David Twohy pretends to explore his stick figures' moral choices, and he forgets to deliver the thrills.
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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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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Pitch Black is the movie of the season for sci-fi and horror fans!
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
A mediocre but nonetheless entertaining copy of the Alien films.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Barbara Shulgasser
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Director and co-writer David Twohy has stolen from so many other movies in order to cobble together the paltry Pitch Black.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
Dumb, direct and derivative.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Barely intermittent, reminding us that the B-movie is still very much with us.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
A routine sci-fi/horror action-adventure, takes us where we've been countless times before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Worth sitting in the dark for.
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Gemma Files
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Proving that low-budget genre-based entertainment can be just as easily ferociously inventive and character-driven as its big-budget competition can be lazy and boring.
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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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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A tiresome experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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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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Sara Wildberger
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
Despite far too many video-game moments and annoying taglines, the scifi thriller Pitch Black just may be the most entertainingly derivative movie of the millennium so far.
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Ferocious attacks by the planet's monstrous creatures manage only partially to alleviate the tedium that defines the movie.
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
A step backward from The Arrival.
Full Review | 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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Pitch Black is so jaunty, so limber, and so visually self-assured that art peeks through where crap has traditionally made its home.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
It's not an especially challenging part, but Diesel handles it with aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The screenplay, credited to Twohy with Jim and Ken Wheat, for a scary movie hasn't a scary idea on any of its pages.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Decent, suspenseful entertainment.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
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Justine Elias
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Director David Twohy, who made the aliens-among-us thriller The Arrival, keeps things moving.
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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.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
[David Twohy] tweaks this formulaic escape-from-hell story with just enough original touches to give it a lift.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5