The Chronicles of Riddick

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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 266 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 30 out of 266

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  1. DawnB.
    Jun 16, 2004
    0
    Worst sci-fi film I have ever seen. There comes a point where you can't figure out what's going on and the bad new is, you don't care. Way too long.
  2. CraigS.
    Sep 8, 2004
    1
    It takes more than vague references to historical (holocaust) and contemporary (Iraq) disasters to make a great film. It takes more than a charismatic lead to make a great film. It takes more than huge CGI backdrops to make a great film. As such, this is definitely not a great film. In fact, it's not even an OKAY film. Twohy's original lo-fi masterpiece has been completely It takes more than vague references to historical (holocaust) and contemporary (Iraq) disasters to make a great film. It takes more than a charismatic lead to make a great film. It takes more than huge CGI backdrops to make a great film. As such, this is definitely not a great film. In fact, it's not even an OKAY film. Twohy's original lo-fi masterpiece has been completely eclipsed by Vin Diesel's ego-maniacal insistance on turning the genuinely brilliant one-off Pitch Black into a big-budget franchise. Maybe it's just sour grapes after he lost the Fast/Furious and xXx gigs... Hollywood doesn't like a smart alek and somebody is getting too big for his damn boots. Collapse
  3. ChrisM
    Aug 6, 2004
    1
    Wow. This movie is really, really, really crap. A laughable story, a stupid ending and some of the worst special effects I have seen in a film for some time. What the heck were they thinking!?!?!? ARGH! I want my money back...
  4. BillyS.
    Jun 13, 2004
    0
    One word...SUCKS.
  5. LawrenceR.
    Sep 5, 2004
    1
    Boom! Boom! Bang! Stab! Slice! Punch! this review is as good as the film.
  6. MarcW.
    Jun 10, 2004
    0
    Nothing to say about this trash.
  7. GerronK
    Oct 3, 2004
    0
    I loved "Pitch Black". I would have given it at least a 9. This film, which is supposed to be the sequel to "Pitch Black" is an utterly stupid, laughable science fiction that never makes any sense. I pretty much hated this film. Nothing was useful in this film. Vin Diesel was annoying and bitter. Judi Dench is the strongest performer in the movie and even she lacks substance in her I loved "Pitch Black". I would have given it at least a 9. This film, which is supposed to be the sequel to "Pitch Black" is an utterly stupid, laughable science fiction that never makes any sense. I pretty much hated this film. Nothing was useful in this film. Vin Diesel was annoying and bitter. Judi Dench is the strongest performer in the movie and even she lacks substance in her character. Dumb, utterly dumb! Expand
  8. VinceH.
    Jun 12, 2004
    3
    I give this movie a 3 for very good special effects and Vin Diesel. Not to say the guy is Olivier or Pacino, but he has the "IT" quality that very few American action stars have, like The Rock. The guy is utterly watchable and he plays his role here with conviction. This movie on the otherhand suffers from the "Van Helsing" syndrome...i.e. lethargic pacing, goes on too long, nonstop dull I give this movie a 3 for very good special effects and Vin Diesel. Not to say the guy is Olivier or Pacino, but he has the "IT" quality that very few American action stars have, like The Rock. The guy is utterly watchable and he plays his role here with conviction. This movie on the otherhand suffers from the "Van Helsing" syndrome...i.e. lethargic pacing, goes on too long, nonstop dull and repetitive action scenes, etc. I mean honestly people how many of you can take watching more bad guys shooting guns at the good guys, them fighting each other, punching each other into the ground, and all that. If you are looking for a good action movie that is entertaining without being completely dull and repetitive, try Troy. Expand
  9. JoshE.
    Oct 31, 2005
    2
    Ludicrously silly to say the least, Chronicles is chock full of terrible dialogue and some of the most laugh inducing names in movie history. I can't imagine someone naming a planet Crematoria and the bad guys Necromongers with a straight face, and not in a total parody or the worst of the worst B movie prodution, but someone surely did here. The sets and costumes look straight out Ludicrously silly to say the least, Chronicles is chock full of terrible dialogue and some of the most laugh inducing names in movie history. I can't imagine someone naming a planet Crematoria and the bad guys Necromongers with a straight face, and not in a total parody or the worst of the worst B movie prodution, but someone surely did here. The sets and costumes look straight out of some kind of bad S&M fantasy and the story itself is just above retarded. It's pretty funny to see the script writers introducing all of these "shocking" habits of the Necromongers but not really explaining any one of them, so they really are meaningless and not that shocking at all since we never really find out what being "half dead and half alive," what being a necromonger, or anything else of what this mess of a movie really means. There are occasional slivers of decent production values in Chronicles, but that's about it. The idea behind Riddick's anti-hero has potential too, but it's also handled pretty poorly. The bad guys look like death metal band members and their women look like vampires godesses or something like that. It's so bad it's funny. Expand
  10. BenR.
    Dec 4, 2004
    3
    It had iight action but overall the movie sucked!!
  11. JB
    Aug 11, 2006
    3
    This film is hilarious! It's too bad they didn't bill it as a comedy. Riddick suffers from poor acting, an unbelievable story, bad set and costume design, uninspiring music and, it would seem, even bad directing. Ignore the Variety quote ... this film is worse than Battlefield Earth in every way except special effects.
  12. Mar 7, 2012
    0
    David Twohy took his solid Pitch Black film and spun it off into... complete and utter crap. With horrendous dialogue and tiny sets that look like they were built by elementary school kids for a school play, you're inclined to think that this is supposed to be a comedic parody of the first film. But no... the film presents the material with the same seriousness as a production of HamletDavid Twohy took his solid Pitch Black film and spun it off into... complete and utter crap. With horrendous dialogue and tiny sets that look like they were built by elementary school kids for a school play, you're inclined to think that this is supposed to be a comedic parody of the first film. But no... the film presents the material with the same seriousness as a production of Hamlet or GlenGarry Glen Ross. Whatever. After slogging your way through one awful "action" set piece after another, the final battle turns out to be a joke where the universe-conquering, death-defying bad guy turns out to be a pathetic wet noodle who crumbles under Riddick's unstoppable awesomeness. Yawn. Expand
  13. JoeyD.
    Jun 15, 2004
    2
    Vin Diesel completionists need only see this film. It's a mess. The plot is pretty much non-existent and there is NO character development whatsoever. So much is left unexplained and the fight scenes are choppy and shot too close up. Vin Diesel has the emotional delivery of a baked potato. Hell, why not just replace him with one? They look pretty much the same.
  14. Constatine
    Jun 18, 2004
    2
    Vin Diesel glowers behind his dark goggles; vin diesel is charitable enough to his legion of fans to speak a few lines of dialogue; vin deisel dices up the baddies like only a fame-crazed non-talent can. the story ? well, vin deisel kills, flexes his body-by-jake in various poses, and ends up lording over a cgi-universe that has been passed around since the late 1970s. the whole film is Vin Diesel glowers behind his dark goggles; vin diesel is charitable enough to his legion of fans to speak a few lines of dialogue; vin deisel dices up the baddies like only a fame-crazed non-talent can. the story ? well, vin deisel kills, flexes his body-by-jake in various poses, and ends up lording over a cgi-universe that has been passed around since the late 1970s. the whole film is tailored like a candy bar with all too specific demographic in mind. ouchy. Expand
  15. Jok`RdeMo
    Jul 4, 2004
    3
    It is like XENA, but in future. Effects are great, but why the heck everybody is fighting with spears and knifes, when they have laser guns etc. And also armor - wow its kinda cool, very useless and you can see that it is not comfortable. Pitch black was good sci-fi, but Chronicles are bad fantasy movie.
  16. KevinR.
    Jun 12, 2004
    1
    Admittedly this movie is only intended as a bit of mindless summer fun--well, they got the mindless part right anyway! I'm not sure which was my most favorite part, the fact that the Necromongers had the technology to wipe out the defenses of entire planets in moments but couldn't seem to deal with a guy who had--gasp--a knife (well, admittedly, it did have a curved blade), or Admittedly this movie is only intended as a bit of mindless summer fun--well, they got the mindless part right anyway! I'm not sure which was my most favorite part, the fact that the Necromongers had the technology to wipe out the defenses of entire planets in moments but couldn't seem to deal with a guy who had--gasp--a knife (well, admittedly, it did have a curved blade), or the scene on planet Crematoria with the sunrise that superheated the planet's surface into a boiling cauldron of fire and ash only survivable if you--wait for it--crouched behind a big rock! I give it one point for the look of the sets which was faintly reminiscent of the old Flash Gordon movies. Expand
  17. EfeB.
    Aug 30, 2004
    3
    Vin diesel's voice and presence can sell ice to eskimos and raincoats to african bushmen perhaps but even he cannot salvage this film from being a flop. one of the reasons for this is that this film has no story, but if you think cool looking outfits and spaceships count as a story; then we differ in opinion and you shall enjoy yourself. the direction of this movie is one of the very Vin diesel's voice and presence can sell ice to eskimos and raincoats to african bushmen perhaps but even he cannot salvage this film from being a flop. one of the reasons for this is that this film has no story, but if you think cool looking outfits and spaceships count as a story; then we differ in opinion and you shall enjoy yourself. the direction of this movie is one of the very worst i have seen. the cameras are doing close ups almost the entire film, not only giving us motion sickness but we cannot see what the hell is going on either. the reality is...nothing is going on, at least give us a larger view of nothing rather than an enlarged one. the director thinks that a woman in a prison should be sexy and lara croftesque...he thinks she will balance diesel well, he is wrong again; the heroine makes childish evil faces and shows skin to grab our respect and love...it truns into a stupid mess mainly because she cannot act and her whole persona doesn't make any sense. vin diesel looks very tired in the film from start to finish, he lacks the awesome spurkyness he delivered in his movie "xxx", maybe because they used blue-screens which made him confused or maybe he did not have any idea what the hell was going on either (like the audience). whatever the case, he blew this one big. could have been a far better film because it seems the art department did their homework and made some cool things here and there...oh well, here goes a multi million in to the bottomless pit. this movie is a good example of the absence of filmmakings first rule SCRIPT!!!!!!! Expand
  18. ChadS.
    Jun 29, 2004
    2
    Any sentence with the term "Necromonger" is automatically funny and/or stupid. You keep waiting for the next exchange of dialogue, because the difference between bad writing and bad action, is that the former can be entertaining. Incredibly, the gap between the last two Matrix sequels and this Vin Diesel vehicle, isn't that wide, since both franchises are weak in narrative, are Any sentence with the term "Necromonger" is automatically funny and/or stupid. You keep waiting for the next exchange of dialogue, because the difference between bad writing and bad action, is that the former can be entertaining. Incredibly, the gap between the last two Matrix sequels and this Vin Diesel vehicle, isn't that wide, since both franchises are weak in narrative, are darkly lit, have capable actors defeated by silly costumes, and contain no character development that could lead to a laugh or two, or even a smile. You can't cite Van Diesel's skills as an actor for the film's failure to work, not with Judy Dench flickering all over the place and Thandie Newton having her Thandie Newton qualities blanched out by the modern screenplay, the screenplay by committee. David Twohy directed the underrated "The Arrival". Expand
  19. MardyR.
    Jul 18, 2004
    0
    I think Josh C. needs to visit Cremetoria in the day time, and have a good talk with the Necromongers. Vin foo evah, P-E-A-C-E!
  20. May 20, 2013
    1
    Riddick feels all but the same way every video game adaptation feels, action packed without a point but to copy the video game. To add on to that, it makes the sci-fi thriller Pitch Black look silly.
Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 34
  2. Negative: 11 out of 34
  1. This is a movie so devoted to metal that it couldn't care less about the flesh it destroys.
  2. 25
    There's nothing here you haven't seen before, especially if you own a PlayStation.
  3. 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.