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  • Summary: Vin Diesel reprises his star-making Pitch Black role of enigmatic anti-hero Richard B. Riddick in this science fiction action-adventure epic. (Universal Pictures)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 34
  2. Negative: 11 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Devin Gordon
    70
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    Like everything in this humorless new genre, "Chronicles" comes with its own snap-together mythology.
  3. It's fun stuff, but nowhere near as cool as it should be.
  4. This is a movie so devoted to metal that it couldn't care less about the flesh it destroys.
  5. 40
    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.
  6. Like so many sequels, The Chronicles of Riddick demonstrates Hollywood's law of diminishing returns: Its quality is inversely proportional to its budget.
  7. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    20
    May not quite gain entry to the hallowed pantheon of interstellar cheese of a "Battlefield Earth," but it's not far behind.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 96
  2. Negative: 20 out of 96
  1. MikeH
    Aug 24, 2009
    10
    Much better than the first one, and the first one was pretty good too. Anyone giving this movie a score under 7 is obviously a complete and Much better than the first one, and the first one was pretty good too. Anyone giving this movie a score under 7 is obviously a complete and utter idiot. Plus, the acting was surprisingly GOOD, and that's one of the main things i look for in a movie. Vin Diesel played the part perfectly, and David Twohy is an absolute genius!!! Expand
  2. Apr 20, 2014
    10
    critics, you suck. Just saying, you know... this is not ok. This movie is completely awesome! Everything in it amazes me! Riddick is so badcritics, you suck. Just saying, you know... this is not ok. This movie is completely awesome! Everything in it amazes me! Riddick is so bad ass! And I just... wow. This critics really need to think better. Expand
  3. Sep 11, 2011
    10
    Though the Riddick films are so under appreciated (it's a crime) I speak for real si-fi fans when I say that the Riddick series (video gamesThough the Riddick films are so under appreciated (it's a crime) I speak for real si-fi fans when I say that the Riddick series (video games included) is one of the greatest series of its genre. Collapse
  4. Oct 23, 2011
    8
    On my top 10 list of movies. Both myself and my wife LOVE it. Neither of us understand why everyone else on the planet hates on it so much.On my top 10 list of movies. Both myself and my wife LOVE it. Neither of us understand why everyone else on the planet hates on it so much. Characters are interesting, the movie sets are gorgeous, the action ranges from good to great. Expand
  5. Sep 19, 2013
    7
    Watching it for the second time. First one I didn't like it much, the second one either. All of the stuff happening seems pretty stupid to me.Watching it for the second time. First one I didn't like it much, the second one either. All of the stuff happening seems pretty stupid to me. The characters seem pretty bland. Necromongers do not look like the race capable of destoying the whole universe, they are just some dudes in helmets, they do not scare, they do not look convincing! There are some good points Riddick himself is a pretty cool character, Vin Diesel is cool too, the visual design/computer animation/scenery are very beautiful and the ending is a bit unexpected but logical (though he whole story is weak). For me this is a step back from Pitch Black, which was more like a Sci-Fi horror in vein of Alien and this is some kind of Sci-Fi fantasy or adventure or action (by the way the battle scenes seem pretty lame). Expand
  6. Sam
    Dec 22, 2005
    7
    The biggest problem with this sequel, which is hardly a problem with sequels, is that the plot is too involved. Pitch Black had a good plot, The biggest problem with this sequel, which is hardly a problem with sequels, is that the plot is too involved. Pitch Black had a good plot, creative, sci-fi horror. Chronicles on the other hand, tries to be an art movie about war, which it fails in. Expand
  7. 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 lookDavid 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

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