Riddick

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It may not win the franchise many new converts, but this back-to-basics outing brings Riddick fans more of the brooding sci-fi action they've come to expect.

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Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, fugitive Riddick (Vin Diesel) fights for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he has yet encountered. His only hope for escape is to activate an emergency beacon, but that brings with it a different problem: mercenaries. The first ship carries an especially violent and lethal group; the second is led by a man from Riddick's past. With time running out, Riddick realizes that neither group will leave without his head as trophy.

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All Critics (170) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (97) | Rotten (73)

  • He's spent the bulk of his career hiding in franchises, hypermasculinizing himself. We can live with this. But this new movie makes you wonder whether Diesel can.

    January 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • David Twohy's film is scarcely original, but the sheer survivalist grind of our hero, against comical odds, becomes appealingly mad ...

    September 16, 2013 | Full Review…
  • A vibrant stylistic mishmash that works brilliantly in chunks but is ultimately too scattered to sustain any cohesion.

    September 12, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Riddick, an alternately kick-ass and clumsy piece of sci-fi claptrap that puts its empty head down and gets the job done.

    September 6, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Fans of lean, mean, testosterone-steeped sci-fi action are likely to find Riddick kind of a blast, however -- even though it offers few surprises.

    September 6, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie's cheap but has a sense of humor, and it's smart enough to let Riddick just get back to being a badass.

    September 6, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

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  • 12h ago
    The third Pitch Black film "Riddick" is much more focused than its predecessor and a welcome return to the formula that worked so well for the original movie. Riddick is a bad-ass survivalist fighting an extinction level event that threatens everybody, with an assembly cast that is colorful and fun to watch.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2016
    After it looked like The Chronicles Of Riddick had killed off any chance of a sequel with bad reviews and low box office numbers we finally got a third part and I'm so glad we did, I liked the first two but never really got me that interested, But this one is the best yet, Its story is good and gripping with some great action scenes plus this time the effects were pretty good, It's nothing new but breathes new life into the Riddick films, It won't win over any new fans but it will more than make loyal fans happy.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2016
    The definition of "nothing to write home about": pretending way too much to be cool while being entirely predictable and set in a really fake environment. There are glimpses of decent world-building and it's overall never boring, but not particularly interesting either.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2014
    Just so very average.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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