A smart, suspenseful sci-fi movie from director Twohy, whose underrated 1996 film, The Arrival, also brought visual imagination and intelligence to the genre.
The script is a compendium of science-fiction clichés, familiar in Hollywood movies since the early fifties.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
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.
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
Pitch Black is the movie of the season for sci-fi and horror fans!
A mediocre but nonetheless entertaining copy of the Alien films.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Director and co-writer David Twohy has stolen from so many other movies in order to cobble together the paltry Pitch Black.
Dumb, direct and derivative.
Barely intermittent, reminding us that the B-movie is still very much with us.
A routine sci-fi/horror action-adventure, takes us where we've been countless times before.
| Original Score: 2/5
Worth sitting in the dark for.
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.
Neither scary nor exciting nor much of anything, save eyestrain.
A tiresome experience.
| Original Score: 0/4
[The actors] are graduates of the Arnold Schwarzenegger School of Emoting.
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.
Ferocious attacks by the planet's monstrous creatures manage only partially to alleviate the tedium that defines the movie.
A step backward from The Arrival.
We've seen this movie before.
Pitch Black is so jaunty, so limber, and so visually self-assured that art peeks through where crap has traditionally made its home.
| Original Score: B+
It's not an especially challenging part, but Diesel handles it with aplomb.
| Original Score: 3/4
The screenplay, credited to Twohy with Jim and Ken Wheat, for a scary movie hasn't a scary idea on any of its pages.
Decent, suspenseful entertainment.
Director David Twohy, who made the aliens-among-us thriller The Arrival, keeps things moving.
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.
[David Twohy] tweaks this formulaic escape-from-hell story with just enough original touches to give it a lift.
| Original Score: 3.5/5