Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 35
  2. Negative: 8 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Sep 5, 2013
    83
    In an era of high-falutin’ tentpole sci-fi, there’s something to be said for a filmmaker still devoted to crafting plain old genre pleasures.
  2. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Sep 6, 2013
    75
    It’s nothing new for sure, but writer/director David Twohy...throws in enough entertaining touches to maintain interest — despite an overlong two-hour running time.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 6, 2013
    75
    Riddick isn't perfect but it's a good high-octane sci-fi tinged action/thriller.
  4. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Sep 5, 2013
    75
    The quickest and easiest way to humanize an unlikeable movie character is to give him a lovable dog, and so it goes with Riddick.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Sep 5, 2013
    75
    It's fun! Extremely violent, cleverly managed fun, full of eviscerating aliens.
  6. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Sep 5, 2013
    70
    There’s one man alone, stranded on a seemingly desolate distant planet with only his wits, his fists and his voice-over. That voice-over is mercifully spare, the landscape atmospherically barren and the action nice and tight.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Sep 4, 2013
    70
    An improbable but very enjoyable sequel that recaptures much of the stripped-down intensity of Diesel and director David Twohy’s franchise starter "Pitch Black."
  8. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Sep 9, 2013
    67
    While "The Chronicles of Riddick" was an overstuffed melange of CGI and unnecessary subplots, Riddick is a far more streamlined affair, and all the better for it.
  9. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Sep 4, 2013
    67
    Riddick, as a character, is best when he's alone, fighting against insurmountable odds, with narratives that serve his singular nastiness.
  10. Reviewed by: Matt Patches
    Sep 4, 2013
    64
    Riddick is a fractured skeleton of a script, with each distinct installment scratching its own itch.
  11. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 30, 2013
    63
    The movie jogs along nicely without ever getting a case of the stupids; far from being a bloated “John Carter,” it’s just a pared-down yarn of survival: “Die Hard” on a planet.
  12. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Sep 6, 2013
    63
    Riddick can be cheesy and silly, not to mention excessively violent, but it’s also fun.
  13. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Sep 6, 2013
    63
    Twohy's script contains macho dialogue so ripe it's embarrassing to hear it.
  14. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Sep 5, 2013
    60
    Riddick taps into a primal well of audience wish-fulfillment, but over the course of its unrelieved, monotonous length, it does its best to suck that well dry.
  15. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Sep 5, 2013
    60
    Riddick aims much lower than the stars and still doesn't quite hit its target. But when you consider a summer overstuffed with disappointing prestige pics that cost the GDP of several island nations to produce, Riddick's more modest (and less expensive) stumbling doesn't seem so bad in comparison.
  16. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Sep 5, 2013
    60
    Watching this see-in-the-dark muscleman brooding against gorgeous otherworldly vistas, all while crafting pointy homemade weapons and befriending a scene-stealing CGI canine (no joke), is a sci-fi aficionado's delight.
  17. Reviewed by: Chris Hewitt (1)
    Sep 4, 2013
    60
    Overlong and often overcooked, this is nevertheless a relative return to form for Diesel as the fiendish Furyan.
  18. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Sep 4, 2013
    58
    At a time when the budgets for sci-fi films are, like the universe itself, expanding at an astronomical rate, Riddick decides to go small.
  19. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Sep 16, 2013
    50
    And that's it, really: two hours of loneliness, interleaved with havoc. The dialogue has been distilled to expletives and grunts. [16 Sept. 2013, p.74]
  20. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Sep 9, 2013
    50
    This is back-to-basics stuff, which turns out to be not such a bad idea.
  21. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 6, 2013
    50
    An alternately kick-ass and clumsy piece of sci-fi claptrap that puts its empty head down and gets the job done.
  22. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Sep 5, 2013
    50
    The result isn't a great film, but it's true to the original brutal vision.
  23. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Sep 5, 2013
    50
    Purely as an action film, Riddick is passable, if grueling. The problem is tonal.
  24. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Sep 5, 2013
    40
    The results are by turns boring and bizarre, although Diesel still has some presence.
  25. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Sep 4, 2013
    40
    Playing it safe with a script that offers Riddick up as a lone avenging hero, Twohy passes on the opportunity to effectively shade the character’s distinctive dimensionality.
  26. Reviewed by:  Kevin Harley
    Sep 4, 2013
    40
    Too stodgy for B-movie suspense, too silly to shock, too sexist to stomach, Diesel’s return misfires.
  27. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Sep 4, 2013
    40
    The aliens are unscary and easily despatched, Vin’s too silent to be interesting, and the other characters – a gang of bounty hunters on Riddick’s trail – are either dull or offensive.
  28. 38
    Like Vin Diesel, it has bulk, lumbering clumsily along as it repeats Diesel’s greatest hits — the ones that don’t require him to drive a fast and furious car.
  29. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Sep 5, 2013
    30
    As a result, we get relatively little insight into the other characters as they react to Riddick. Without an unknown force to spark our own imaginations, the result is mostly dead air.
  30. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Sep 4, 2013
    30
    The only reason to root for Riddick is that his name is on the ticket stub. But he's so dull and the hunters so weird that we're literally cheering for the movie to kill off its personality, one throat slash at a time.
  31. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 5, 2013
    25
    Move along, there's nothing to see and no one to root for in this murky franchise reboot.
  32. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Sep 5, 2013
    25
    It's the film, though, that remains handcuffed. The early part of the story -- with Riddick stranded on an unfriendly planet -- is taut enough, but hampered by flagrantly unreal effects and Diesel's punch-drunk narration.
  33. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Sep 5, 2013
    25
    The entire movie bears the whiff of a vanity project — a modestly budgeted bone Universal Pictures threw at Diesel so he would keep starring in Fast and Furious pictures. Those movies are bank; Riddick is rank.
  34. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 4, 2013
    25
    For a film about a killing machine who can see at night, it's fittingly ironic that the film itself is, both narratively and visually, a dark, muddled mess.
  35. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 5, 2013
    20
    The story feels like quicksand. Riddick, which couldn’t even qualify for proper summer movie placement, moves like Martian molasses and can’t present an action scene to save its life. You’ll wish you had Uncle Martin’s ability to speed people — not to mention awful movies — up.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 348 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 107
  2. Negative: 14 out of 107
  1. Sep 6, 2013
    10
    dont believe the critics. They are wrong as often. If u liked part 1 an 2 u will love part 3. Not an academy award candidate but a typical vin diesel riddick and highly entertaining. I luved the movie. go and watch it! Full Review »
  2. Sep 6, 2013
    10
    I saw this at the 8pm Premiere in RPX Regal Theaters. Firs toff, the uptight, liberal and politically correct critics are very wrong about this movie. He plays Riddick as Riddick has always been and it shows how wimpy a socidety we have become for this to "offend" so many delicate sensibilities. You can't go to a Riddick movie and fairly judge it if you are a "The Notebook," type of person.

    This is hardcore SCIFI(thankfully as it has been too long since we have had one), it is Adventure, Action, and even has a bit of comedy. I give it a 10 to offset the pathetic people slamming it because it has too much "machismo."

    Put simply, if you enjoyed Pitch Black(especially) as this is more like that) and like the Riddick character, then do yourself a favor and go watch this! If you don't like exciting scenes with monsters, gratuitous violence, men acting like men(hey they even had PC scenes for the feminist crowd- a woman beats a guy down improbably several times, but he really deserved it.

    So it is simply, if you like Pitch black, if you like horror, thrillers, scifi, and action then do yourself a favor and go see this. Don't listen to biased critics whose own reviews impeach themselves as being against this movie before they saw it.

    I would give this an 8.5 btw and Pitch Black a 9.5 were it not for the horrible and FALSE reviews, so I gave it a 1.05+ to tr and even out these BS reviews.

    Thanks to Metacritic though for allowing people to speak out when the critics unfairly target their hated genres/actors, or whatever political beliefs they have that remove all impartiality from their reviews and make it about feminism and such.

    To me, this wasn't as good as Pitch Black, but it was GOOD. Remember this too, Vin put his own money on the line because he wanted his fans to have this movie.

    A tip: this isn't a spoiler, but hopefully will save you some time: there is nothing after the credits so don't feel stupid like I did and sit there until the credits end. :)

    SCIFI IS BACK BABY!!
    Full Review »
  3. Sep 6, 2013
    9
    Wow, what a well crafted movie. My only critique is that I was hoping for an even more dramatic ending. If you liked Pitch Black but not Chronicles of Riddick, this is more like a direct sequel to the first movie, but don't worry, they acknowledge the continuity from Chronicles of Riddick very well. Karl Urban! Anyway, it was really good, not for younglings though. Good sci-fi. Diesel and his crew are clearly a devoted fan to Riddick and the genre. Full Review »