'The Chronicles of Riddick' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   4 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   164 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    Mostly a ponderous chronicle.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    In bodybuilding terms, this overmuscled sequel to Pitch Black is all bulk and no definition.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    38
    The movie is less than two hours but feels three times as long.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    The muddy, convoluted story revolves around the star's cool-guy poses and one-liners.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    The Chronicles of Riddick doesn't hark back merely to the classic horror or science fiction canon but to nearly every single cinematic genre in the book, from westerns to film noir to sword-and-sandal epics.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    A hodgepodge of Lord of the Rings, Starship Troopers, and the more recent Star Wars films.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Benjamin Strong Village Voice (Top Critic)
    A preening outer-space costume drama staged as a backdrop for its leading man's muscles.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Jami Bernard New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    50
    Despite a few goofily entertaining moments that are so over the top they are instant camp, the movie suggests that the hero's name derives from 'ridiculous.'
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Eric Harrison Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    42
    Sprawling and ponderous.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Gary Dowell Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    50
    An enjoyably pulpy sci-fi saga that has rough patches.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    An exercise in computer-generated effects.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Mark Caro Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    The tightness of the Pitch Black horror-movie structure has been replaced by sprawl and lots of back story, geography and interstellar politics.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    38
    Bears no resemblance to the movie that spawned its namesake.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Plot? Character? Tension? Purpose? Sorry, wrong auditorium.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    The Chronicles of Riddick is many things, but it's never dull.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • David Rooney Variety (Top Critic)
    The Chronicles of Riddick may not quite gain entry to the hallowed pantheon of interstellar cheese of a Battlefield Earth, but it's not far behind.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Megan Lehmann New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    Writer-director David Twohy has a much bigger budget than he did for Pitch Black, but he makes the all-too-common mistake of believing money can substitute for imagination.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    20
    A messy, messianic slasher/blaster in the Matrix Half-Loaded tradition, all nonsense plot and baroque costumes, sets and special effects.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    80
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Stephen Cole Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    The script is terrible -- a confounding mish-mash of action-thriller chases, sci-fi travelogue and phony political intrigue.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    I enjoyed it immensely, but not because it was any damn good.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    Although The Chronicles of Riddick offers its share of solidly entertaining moments, it doesn't hold together as a single, coherent motion picture experience.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    An overstuffed, ponderous affair that sends its anti-hero on an epic excursion into dullsville.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    30
    Weighted down with money, pretension and Diesel's tenuous importance -- and not enough story story story -- the follow-up to Pitch Black inverts nearly everything that made the first film an effective-enough shocker.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Jennie Kermode Movie Gurus
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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