Pitch Black is so jaunty, so limber, and so visually self-assured that art peeks through where crap has traditionally made its home.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
[David Twohy] tweaks this formulaic escape-from-hell story with just enough original touches to give it a lift.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Pitch Black is one of those annoyingly noisy outer-space thrillers where you can't figure out the characters' names at first, and when you finally do, they are either dead or you hate them.
Susan Wloszczyna - USA Today
We've seen this movie before.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Barely intermittent, reminding us that the B-movie is still very much with us.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
Director David Twohy, who made the aliens-among-us thriller The Arrival, keeps things moving.
Justine Elias - Village Voice
The screenplay, credited to Twohy with Jim and Ken Wheat, for a scary movie hasn't a scary idea on any of its pages.
Jeff Millar - Houston Chronicle
Made to please those who can't get enough rote, cheesy sci-fi, Pitch Black promises to make us long for the glory days of Species 2 and Deepstar Six.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Director and co-writer David Twohy has stolen from so many other movies in order to cobble together the paltry Pitch Black.
Barbara Shulgasser - Chicago Tribune
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Ferocious attacks by the planet's monstrous creatures manage only partially to alleviate the tedium that defines the movie.
Emanuel Levy - Variety
A mediocre but nonetheless entertaining copy of the Alien films.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
Worth sitting in the dark for.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Dumb, direct and derivative.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Proving that low-budget genre-based entertainment can be just as easily ferociously inventive and character-driven as its big-budget competition can be lazy and boring.
Gemma Files - Film.com
The film works because it's strong on fundamentals: fear of the dark, fear of helplessness, fear of the unknown, and fear of unpredictable human behavior.
Tom Keogh - Film.com
The script is a compendium of science-fiction cliches, familiar in Hollywood movies since the early fifties.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Pitch Black is the movie of the season for sci-fi and horror fans!
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
It's not an especially challenging part, but Diesel handles it with aplomb.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A routine sci-fi/horror action-adventure, takes us where we've been countless times before.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
Dean Essner - Sight and Sound
contains unpredictable nuances that make for thrilling amusement
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
...your typical run-for-your-life-the-monsters-are-coming science fiction adventure that requires one to park his brain at the front door of the theater before entering.
Blake French - Filmcritic.com
Very simple and basic plot with a lot of bad acting...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
A fairly efficient science fiction monster film, somewhat in the mold of an old 1950s B-movie.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
If only there had been as much time spent on creating believable aliens as there obviously was on the landscape.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Under the circumstances it's not really fair to blame the actors, whose amateurishness seems appropriate to the material (although Diesel's stolid machismo is so over-the-top as to be pretty laughable).
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A smart, suspenseful sci-fi movie from director Twohy, whose underrated 1996 film, The Arrival, also brought visual imagination and intelligence to the genre.
Derek Adams - Time Out
Manages to surprise and delight, thanks to its small-scale attitude.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Hey man, it's February. You've already picked through all the leftover Oscar-bait you can take, so it's no time to be picky.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
PITCH BLACK deserves to be recommended as a solid piece of genre entertainment.
Dragan Antulov - Draxblog Movie Reviews
The derivativeness of the script keeps any tensions from building into any kind of scariness.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Lackluster both as science-fiction and horror.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
One of the best of the sci-fi spectacles cut from the Alien cloth.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
A solid entry in the genre of science fiction horror.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
The action scenes are good, if sparse.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Some hard-core science-fiction fans might nit-pick over details in Pitch Black, but for the average moviegoer looking to be entertained, this roller-coaster of a film should not be missed.
Ted Murphy - Hollywood.com
At least as much as The Blair Witch Project before it, Pitch Black shows us how disconcerting total darkness can be.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
By no means an excellent movie, or even a reasonably good one, but it is much better than most of its sic-fi brethren today.
Sarah Heim and David Weld - Palo Alto Weekly
Pitch Black is action science-fiction that barely qualifies as action and not at all as either science or fiction.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
Features some lovingly crafted effects -- notably director of photography David Eggby's bleached colour palette -- and some vivid characterisation.
Daniel Etherington - Sight and Sound
[A] derivative, plot-hole ridden sci-fi flick, redeemed only by the blazing star-in-the-making quality of Vin Diesel.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Against all odds, Pitch Black hit me in the right places, and I believe that those who are lucky enough to give it a chance won't forget it either for at least one reason...VIN DIESEL.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
[It] may be another Alien rip-off, but it's a rip-off with class, style and a lot of heart.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
It may not be original, but it is smart. More importantly, it's scary.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
The alien and space-flight FX are impressive, and Diesel and fly girl Radha Mitchell are likable, but the cheap cinematography and a story line that's been pitched too many times already signal a career in eclipse.
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
With a witty script and a cool sense of building dread, Pitch Black is a surprisingly entertaining sci-fi thriller.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Pitch Black is relentless in its integrity; it's lean and mean and it doesn't waste time.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
It is an entertainment and quite a good one too.
Anwar Brett - BBC
A cut-above the B-movie fare which pollutes the genre.
Andrew Howe - Film Written Magazine
An enjoyably tense sci-fi horror show from David Twohy...
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Despite the scientific and logical lapses, it is a pretty good adventure yarn with some interesting twists and turns.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
This movie is so disposable and indistinctive that I don't want to review it -- I want to briefly mention it in a conversation about silly sci-fi and then forget it forever.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
makes a better platform for a beginning astronomy class than action-packed thriller.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Despite far too many video-game moments and annoying taglines, the scifi thriller Pitch Black just may be the most entertainingly derivative movie of the millennium so far.
Sara Wildberger - Miami Herald
Though highly derivative of Alien, this handsomely photographed, briskly directed sci-fi fright picture is enjoyable enough on its own limited terms.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Lowbrow story line.
Nick Carter - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
There's lots of promise for this Twohy guy, assuming he gets hold of a more audacious story (maybe not his) next time around.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
A visual winner.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
In the thrills department, Pitch Black is a hands-down winner. It has a good setup, and all of the suspense sequences are perfectly paced.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
Hmm, where have I seen this kind of thing before?
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
To say the movie could have been great is most accurate; unfortunately, neither the characters nor the story have anywhere to go once the nightfall has settled in.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
It may not linger in the memory any longer than your last Nintendo session, but it's an exhilarating two hours.
Gary Mairs - culturevulture.net
The dialogue and performances are flat when not laughably bad.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Neither scary nor exciting nor much of anything, save eyestrain.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
If Pitch Black is a likable sci-fi thriller, it's because it has the heart of a cheeseball '70s disaster movie beneath the horror trappings of computer-generated mutant bats and winged demon aliens.
Randall King - Winnipeg Sun
You won't waste your time watching Pitch Black. But there are better things to do.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Catch it on cable.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
A very streamlined exercise in interplanetary mayhem and the logistics of the body count.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Vin Diesel rocks!
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Even though it's riddled with some of the lamest, dumbest dialogue imaginable, Pitch Black is a total guilty pleasure.
Paula Nechak - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Although this script never met a cliche that didn't fit like a glove, there are potent moments to send your popcorn flying.
Dean Essner - E! Online
While Pitch Black offers plenty in terms of cheap thrills and jolting scares, there's little else to justify it as a worthy moviegoing experience.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Despite its rip-offs (mostly of Alien), Pitch Black delivers not only on thrills and suspense, but on artistic direction and clever plotting.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
As seat-jumping popcorn movies go, it's pretty cool.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
A flashy, moderately creepy sci-fi monster flick.
Arthur Salm - San Diego Union-Tribune
Pitch Black will leave you with the sudden urgency to leave the hall light on.
Max Messier - Filmcritic.com
Moviegoers rejoice! The first fun movie of the year has arrived.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
A filmmaker just can't have it both ways when he decides he wants to make Aliens meets Les Miserables.
Scott Renshaw - Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
This is filmmaking that's lean, mean and (in Diesel) boasts one hell of a fighting machine.
Darren Bignell - Empire Magazine
Logic is definitely not the strong suit of Pitch Black. But then, neither is consistent characterization, smart dialogue, originality, subtlety or any of the other benchmarks of quality filmmaking.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Vin Diesel's demeanor is refreshing and the combination of his voice and physical build make his character memorable.
Dwayne E. Leslie - Boxoffice Magazine
A step backward from The Arrival.
Roger Ebert - At the Movies
[The actors] are graduates of the Arnold Schwarzenegger School of Emoting.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
Sadly, Pitch Black was directed by the man who made the best science fiction movie of 1996, The Arrival.
Bob Stephens - San Francisco Examiner
It is easy to root for the aliens to possibly, against all odds for such formulaic films, pick off all the survivors of the spacecraft.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
We are living in a world populated by 'Alien' knockoffs, you know it...the good news is that this is a knockoff with style.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Decent, suspenseful entertainment.
Kevin Maynard - Mr. Showbiz
A better example of this type of movie than most.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
In the movie's last hour, writer-director David Twohy pretends to explore his stick figures' moral choices, and he forgets to deliver the thrills.
Steve Murray - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A tiresome experience.
Bob Graham - San Francisco Chronicle
Was everyone so gung-ho on making a stylish sci-fi flick that it never occurred to anyone how nonsensical and even amoral the whole thing was?
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The latest film from writer/ director David Twohy, a man whose career seems aimed at proving that low-budget genre-based entertainment can be just as inventive and character-driven as its big-budget competition can be lazy and boring.
Gemma Files - eye WEEKLY
Nothing here breaks any new ground.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Laughable plot points.
Laura Kelly - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Full of such illogical moments.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Don't take Pitch Black too seriously, and it will scare you silly.
Bob Thompson - Jam! Movies
A noisy, nightmarish waste of time and money, the producers' and yours.
Susan Granger - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Pitch Black is the kind of B-movie you hope to discover regularly but find only once every few years.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Flawed and ambitious, Pitch Black's murky challenge to SF-action heroic conventions is its most redeeming feature.
Cynthia Fuchs - Nitrate Online
It has no aspirations to be more than what it is, yet another ALIEN ripoff with a half-baked premise. It just wants to be a really good ALIEN ripoff with a half-baked premise.
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
Even those who shun the gripping effect of horror films might find Pitch Black a challenge worth taking on.
Cornell & Petricelli - CinemaSense.Com
Infinitely more watchable than the bloated, baffling Supernova.
Maitland McDonagh - Film Journal International