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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 protectionA 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
Score distribution:
  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
    80
    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
    50
    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
    10
    Possibly the best Science Fiction movie of the 21st century, Pitch Black delivers an astounding sci-fi horror story that chronicles the eventsPossibly 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. MarcusP
    Jul 28, 2009
    10
    Great movie, had a very dark gritty feel to it and, oh yeah Riddick's a Badass.
  3. Jul 10, 2014
    9
    Pitch Black is a thrilling science fiction movie with terrific acting and visual effects. This movie is very underrated and it is one of thePitch 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.
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  4. FredBob
    Oct 15, 2006
    8
    I must say that I think that the character that Vin Diesel plays is the all-time best fictional character ever. Who's cool? The movie in I must say that I think that the character that Vin Diesel plays is the all-time best fictional character ever. Who's cool? The movie in general is good, better then it's follow up film. But it still has it's dull spots. Expand
  5. Nov 19, 2014
    7
    Not going to change the world, but good underrated sci fy thriller. I believe it was pretty much trashed by critics when it first came out.Not going to change the world, but good underrated sci fy thriller. I believe it was pretty much trashed by critics when it first came out. It does seem like it is going to be a mediocre aliens rip off. Surprisingly the script is sharp and the characters are well fleshed out before all the mayhem happens. What also helps is Riddick as an interesting choice for a hero. He is a convict whose choices and moral decisions are blurry. He is well played by Deisel and he is able to carry the film and even elevate to something pretty good. The effects are so so but are good enough, i watched a recent hd version and some of it looks good. Expand
  6. May 20, 2013
    6
    Vin Diesel when he was actually good (I liked Fast Five also), Pitch Black may not be the sci-fi plot everybody's looking for, but the actionVin Diesel when he was actually good (I liked Fast Five also), Pitch Black may not be the sci-fi plot everybody's looking for, but the action is suitable and thrilling enough and so are the performances, so Pitch Black doesn't fail. Expand
  7. LeventeS
    Jun 29, 2009
    1
    A highly derivative action/horror/sci-fi film which completely fails to deliver on the action, the horror, or the science. Forgettable, A highly derivative action/horror/sci-fi film which completely fails to deliver on the action, the horror, or the science. Forgettable, interchangeable stock characters make up the bulk of the relatively small cast. The main characters are bland stereotypes, Riddick himself is only memorable because i've heard his name so many times before. None of the action is exciting, all the horror amounts to the occasional startling due to loud noises (but only two or three times in all), and there is no science to speak of. Ten minutes in I found myself looking for excuses to stop watching, I went to the bathroom, I got a drink, I made some food. Boring, repetitive, extremely underburdened with plot and convincing dialogue, and repetitive. Do not watch this film even once, you'll have more doing exactly what you would do while watching the movie, only with all electronics off. The ambiguity of Diesel's character gets one point, but they could have made it a bigger part of the story. Expand

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