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The Chronicles of Riddick

Sci-Fi . Science Fiction . Thriller . Action . Adventure

Five years after the events in sci-fi film Pitch Black, escaped convict Riddick finds himself caught in the middle of a galactic war waged by Lord Marshal, the leader of a sect called the Necromongers. Riddick is charged with stopping the Necromonger army, all while rescuing an old friend from a prison planet and evading capture by bounty hunters.

Actors: Linus Roache , Thandie Newton , Keith David , Nick Chinlund , Alexa Davalos , Judi Dench , Karl Urban , Colm Feore , Christina Cox , Vin Diesel
Directors: David Twohy
Country: USA
Release: 2004-06-11
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  • Devin Gordon

    Twohy knows how to shoot tense, bare-knuckle action, and his towering, gunmetal gray world is a fun sandbox to play in for two hours.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    The pleasure of The Chronicles of Riddick comes mostly from the fascinating and outlandishly detailed production design, which sprawls across the screen in nearly every shot, with the Necromonger’s gigantic starships looking similar to those strange stone heads on Easter Island.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Too often, it simply makes no sense.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    Isn't going to win over the art house crowd, but you could do a lot worse for summer entertainment.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Chronicles doesn't pause for much character development, and is in such a hurry that even the fight scenes are abbreviated chop-chop sessions.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mark Caro

    Despite being positioned as a mold-breaker, Riddick now blends in with a sizable crowd of reluctant loner cinematic heroes, just as the movie fails to convince that it's going where no movie has gone before.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    Chronicles of Riddick is half cheesy, brawny adventure and half … something else. That something else involves a lot of leather, bondage, studded armor and heavy machinery.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Like everything in this humorless new genre, "Chronicles" comes with its own snap-together mythology.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Aaron Hillis

    With his latest, the sci-fi–action–adventure The Chronicles of Riddick, Vin Diesel has established himself as the new face of morally ambiguous anti-heroes.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Stephen Cole

    The script is terrible - a confounding mish-mash of action-thriller chases, sci-fi travelogue and phony political intrigue.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    At two hours, The Chronicles of Riddick is way too long for ridiculous.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Where "Pitch Black" relied on shadowy threats and sharply drawn relationships between a small group of stranded victims-to-be, Twohy's bloated space opera is an eye-popping three-ring circus of fabulously freaky costumes, over-ripe declaiming and computer-generated spectacle.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    This is a movie so devoted to metal that it couldn't care less about the flesh it destroys.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    Amazing-looking sequel to cult fave "Pitch Black"; unfortunately, the film's wrecked by a surprisingly weak, goofy script.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Thoroughly enjoyable, but not because it's any good. Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    It's fun stuff, but nowhere near as cool as it should be.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Threatens to become a serious movie, but they're quickly overwhelmed by another indecipherable rampage or outsize visual effect.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    The story is mechanical, but Twohy paces it well enough to showcase the spectacular costumes (by Ellen Mirojnick and Michael Dennison) and production design (by Holger Gross).

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Unfortunately, Twohy has tried to turn the Riddick enterprise into a sprawling, Tolkien-powered epic, jamming the screen with too many historical parallels and a confusion of new characters.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ian Nathan

    It's no "Battlefield Earth," but it's no "Dune" either. And, no, before you ask, it's not destined to be a cult classic.

    Empire Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    As bloated and ponderous as its predecessor was lean and focused, Chronicles ups the stakes along with the budget while jettisoning just about everything that made "Pitch Black" stand out from other thrillers about weary humans battling nefarious space beasties.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Benjamin Strong

    Riddick is a preening outer-space costume drama staged as a backdrop for its leading man's muscles.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    The action is so frenetic that the ominous mood isn't allowed to penetrate, and this time the human factor is all but erased.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    An overblown hodgepodge of volcano-baked desertscapes, Egyptoid-gone-baroque architecture, and gladiator-geared storm troopers with goofy headpieces, The Chronicles of Riddick bears no resemblance to the movie that spawned its namesake.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Has a riddick-ulous sci-fi plot, overblown and numbing video game-style special effects and a going-through-the-motions lead performance by Vin Diesel.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Like so many sequels, The Chronicles of Riddick demonstrates Hollywood's law of diminishing returns: Its quality is inversely proportional to its budget.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Notable actors such as Thandie Newton, Judi Dench, Keith David and Colm Feore are little more than stiff-necked toy figures jostled around to accommodate Twohy's Wagnerian spacescapes, crappy dialogue and CGI-dependent action.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Not since John Travolta sprouted a head of dreadlocks and strapped on platform boots for "Battlefield Earth" has cinematic science fiction been such good-bad fun as in The Chronicles of Riddick.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    The muddy, convoluted story revolves around the star's cool-guy poses and one-liners.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    The special effects are extra special. The screenplay is idiotic, though, and Diesel speaks his dialogue like a Sylvester Stallone clone who never finished third grade.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    There's nothing here you haven't seen before, especially if you own a PlayStation.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Megan Lehmann


    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Just about everything in The Chronicles of Riddick is impenetrable, from the convoluted story to the dark and baroque art direction. It's an inane film rendered sometimes laughable by an atmosphere of dead-serious reverence.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • David Rooney

    May not quite gain entry to the hallowed pantheon of interstellar cheese of a "Battlefield Earth," but it's not far behind.

    Variety Full Review
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