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  • Summary: A space transport crashes on an apparently deserted planet, leaving the crew to reckon with the likes of fellow passenger Riddick, a serial murderer. The true threat to the crew turns out to be a virtual sky full of flying, flesh-eating creatures who come out to play under the protection of darkness. Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29
  1. 91
    Between the tart dialogue, the compelling lead performances, the vivid violence and the stunning cinematography, it's complete and satisfying all on its own.
  2. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    Ferociously inventive.
  3. 50
    Stylishly realized, but its striking cinematography, nontraditional editing, and consistently reflexive use of genre conceits add up as methodically as a math problem.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    The B-movie is still very much with us.
  5. It's just a familiar bore, offering chills and thrills only to those who have never seen a movie before.
  6. This half-baked sci-fi horror film, filled with jerky, washed-out, highlighted, blurred and toned imagery, is a tiresome experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. May 26, 2012
    Possibly the best Science Fiction movie of the 21st century, Pitch Black delivers an astounding sci-fi horror story that chronicles the events surrounding survivors of a space transport crash on a different planet. Each character flourishes in their well-defined personality, their movements, and behavior. The way they clash and the manner in which the story is told is brilliant. This is easily one of the greatest movies in the last fifty years. Expand
  2. Apr 20, 2014
    wait what? The critics don't like this movie too? Oh my God! Since the first time I saw this movie i never forgot it, I always loved it.. when I found out that it was Riddick, I saw the two movies that existed and I became completely addicted! It's such a good storyline, amazing characters. I've always loved sci-fi but this? Is another level. I love it. it's amazing. Very creative. Too good, seriously. Expand
  3. Jul 10, 2014
    Pitch Black is a thrilling science fiction movie with terrific acting and visual effects. This movie is very underrated and it is one of the few movies to take place in space. Every aspect of the movie was
    well made and it is a work of art and skill.
  4. Apr 16, 2012
    An incredibly fun and intense sci-fi thriller that shows Vin Diesel has real character that fits him outside of The Fast and the Furious. The first ten minutes are so full of white-knuckle insanity that, with a good crowd sitting in front of a sweet entertainment center/home theater, you'll likely be clutching the sides of the sofa to find any mental stability. When all is said and done, Pitch Black is an gem that's unpolished in all the right places to give it plenty of character and isn't any longer than it needs to be with its near two hour run-time. Expand
  5. Sep 12, 2013
    Movie is good for what it is. Some plot holes here and then but the writing was good with some surprises. Obviously its about vin diesel killing things. Expand
  6. Jul 6, 2014
    Dark, thrilling, and more intense horror of the first. pitch black brings audiences vin diesel into the big screen which is the first installment of the chronicles of riddick franchise. So I must say that this made me interested in the franchise of the series. So first reason is that it the alien design were pretty interested to audiences. Second Is that the performances of vin diesel were pretty impressive in it. Third is that the dark action sequences were impressive. So I would recommend this is that it's a classic vin diesel film if the series. During the action, the aliens maybe frighten audiences under 11 or 12 years old. So that's the reasons why I would support this movie. Expand
  7. Oct 28, 2011
    I liked the costumes, tabla-music every two seconds and the filming location (desert). Other than that, the story (concept) was too sci-fi for me. I did not follow along with this movie. It failed at keeping me entertained. It was a long drag of nearly 2hrs from the very beginning. How this movie had sequels is beyond me. Expand

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