Mostly a ponderous chronicle.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
In bodybuilding terms, this overmuscled sequel to Pitch Black is all bulk and no definition.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
The movie is less than two hours but feels three times as long.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
The Chronicles of Riddick doesn't hark back merely to the classic horror or science fiction canon but to nearly every single cinematic genre in the book, from westerns to film noir to sword-and-sandal epics.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
The muddy, convoluted story revolves around the star's cool-guy poses and one-liners.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
A hodgepodge of Lord of the Rings, Starship Troopers, and the more recent Star Wars films.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
A preening outer-space costume drama staged as a backdrop for its leading man's muscles.
Benjamin Strong - Village Voice
Despite a few goofily entertaining moments that are so over the top they are instant camp, the movie suggests that the hero's name derives from 'ridiculous.'
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
Sprawling and ponderous.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
An enjoyably pulpy sci-fi saga that has rough patches.
Gary Dowell - Dallas Morning News
An exercise in computer-generated effects.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The tightness of the Pitch Black horror-movie structure has been replaced by sprawl and lots of back story, geography and interstellar politics.
Mark Caro - Chicago Tribune
Bears no resemblance to the movie that spawned its namesake.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Plot? Character? Tension? Purpose? Sorry, wrong auditorium.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Chronicles of Riddick is many things, but it's never dull.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
The Chronicles of Riddick may not quite gain entry to the hallowed pantheon of interstellar cheese of a Battlefield Earth, but it's not far behind.
David Rooney - Variety
Writer-director David Twohy has a much bigger budget than he did for Pitch Black, but he makes the all-too-common mistake of believing money can substitute for imagination.
Megan Lehmann - New York Post
A messy, messianic slasher/blaster in the Matrix Half-Loaded tradition, all nonsense plot and baroque costumes, sets and special effects.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Dean Essner - Toronto Star
The script is terrible -- a confounding mish-mash of action-thriller chases, sci-fi travelogue and phony political intrigue.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
I enjoyed it immensely, but not because it was any damn good.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Although The Chronicles of Riddick offers its share of solidly entertaining moments, it doesn't hold together as a single, coherent motion picture experience.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
An overstuffed, ponderous affair that sends its anti-hero on an epic excursion into dullsville.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Weighted down with money, pretension and Diesel's tenuous importance -- and not enough story story story -- the follow-up to Pitch Black inverts nearly everything that made the first film an effective-enough shocker.
Manohla Dargis - Los Angeles Times
Jennie Kermode - Movie Gurus
Very violent and brainless explosion movie.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Vainly attempts to elevate Riddick into a mythological hero in a political-intrigue contest meant to be Dune in an action context, though it's a lot more like Stargate in a crap context. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Twohy gives the film a vehement comic-book energy, and the eye-popping production design by Holger Gross is like Boris Vallejo's Greatest Hits come to life.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Riddick is a loner, Dottie, a rebel. He's a simple man, like Pee-Wee Herman, who is not concerned with getting the girl. But, unlike Pee-Wee, poor Riddick doesn't even have a bicycle for companionship.
Eric Melin - Lawrence.com
Like the heat on Crematoria, little is fleshed out. But I suppose it really doesn't matter because -- wow, isn't Riddick cool?
Todd Hertz - Christianity Today
The sequel baton pass at the finale is pretty nifty, but it's surely asking too much to think the filmmakers could leave us wanting more. Come to think of it, much, much less would have been best.
Dean Essner - Time Out
It's been a long time since anyone bothered to create a new, big budget cinematic mythos out of scratch, and Twohy has poured a great deal of money into the look of his movie.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
The plot of THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK could be properly understood only after watching DVD extras.
Dragan Antulov - Draxblog Movie Reviews
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Riddick starts the way that all great storytelling should: with a voiceover by an old British woman.
Brian Juergens - Freeze Dried Movies
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
Just because you want to create a universe doesn't mean you'll be able to present it well, and The Chronicles of Riddick is a case in point.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
The immense sets look matte-drawn, reminiscent of the decades-old 'This Island Earth.'
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
Diesel is an imposing screen presence even when growling risible dialogue.
Nev Pierce - BBC
Overblown, badly written, poorly edited and just downright boring, this is, in a word, Riddickulous. Good special effects, though.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's no Battlefield Earth, but it's no Dune either. And, no, before you ask, it's not destined to be a cult classic.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
This is deluded filmmaking at best, an idea taken too far, too fast.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
Space opera, a prison breakout, spectral zealots and an anarchist anti-hero - dumb, maybe, but this film has enough in it to make you see the light.
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
All the stunning visuals in the world can't raise Chronicles above the level of a ridiculous Rambo-in-space flick.
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
Unwieldy porridge of effects and idiocy.
Lewis Beale - Film Journal International
Twohy wants Riddick to become a great mythological figure of conflicting goodness and badness, but the character just doesn't have enough weight to sustain all that baggage.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Diesel gives a one-note performance that may be somewhat fitting of his dark and dreary character, but nonetheless grows tiresome rather quickly...
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
...as a proletarian concept artist, David Twohy proves that he has both the imagination and the skill to build exciting worlds for his characters to interact in.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Some may call David Twohy's film pretentious; the target market for this boys' own adventure may not actually care. . . But for me, give me a good story any day.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
In throwing out wit and intelligence for mindless action, Twohy ends up with a noisy, chaotic, over-serious mess.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
A escala grandiosa dos cenarios e das batalhas serve apenas para esconder a fragilidade do argumento.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Should have been called "The Chronicles of Arthritic." The movie is so lame, it needs a cane by the time it lumbers into its final act.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
I really can't call any of the acting good or bad. It was what it was. Vin Deisel threw around some funny one-liners. Everyone else just kinda hung out.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
The Chronicles of Riddick may not be a fully intentional success. But it travels in uncharted waters, and it's a garish, nutty, virtuoso entertainment just the same.
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Riddick's screwed up vision drives the original film, but Chronicles is messier and less compelling,
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
...a turbo-charged, sci-fi action flick with Vin Diesel in kick *** anti-hero form ...
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
The ending leaves open the possibility of a sequel. I don't care one way or another if they make it.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
In Pitch Black (Vin Diesel) made Riddick his own; in Chronicles, nothing has changed but the budget.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
How can so much action be, well, boring?
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Utterly ponderous and as clunky as a crater rock. Twohy forgot to inject his Diesel-fueled narrative with the spunk and drive that made his first installment so palatable
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
[Judi Dench and Vin Diesel] appear in the same movie, and indeed, perform scenes together. Unfortunately, the film is so bad that even this novelty loses its appeal.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Vin Diesel, the star as Neanderthal, returns for a sequel to 2000's Pitch Black.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Too many silly made-up words like "Underverse" and "Furyan" can really kill a serious atmosphere, and some of the CG stuff shows rough edges.
Luke Y. Thompson - Los Angeles CityBeat
Boasting just enough action and wisecracks for summer movie fare, the overall experience is certainly nothing that anyone need bother to write any chronicles about
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
Vin Diesel is perfect as the marquee hero, breathing new life into the muscle-head antihero and looking great in leather chain-links or Necromonger plate-mail
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
With writer-director David Twohy's mega-budget follow-up to his Pitch Black, what was once a purring engine has become a gas-guzzling, accident-prone Humvee.
Robert Abele - L.A. Weekly
Ambitious, sprawling, uninhibitedly goofy and almost great, [it's] a love-it or hate-it affair, mainly because it's courageous enough to have a distinct personality.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
A large portion of Dune, side order of crackpot Shakespeare and a dollop of production design by someone who saw The Scarlet Empress at an impressionable age.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Here's one Diesel-fueled vehicle that's neither fast nor furious.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
...a campy craptacular with elephantitis of the mythology glands, bookended by the most Duneish, Zardozzy nerd-fu since Battlestar Galactica.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Although the story is a little confusing, science fiction fans should enjoy the action and fine special effects.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
The story seems to progress haltingly.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
What might have happened if Frank Herbert had written 'Dune' after a lobotomy.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
The Chronicles Of Riddick is never dull, but it's far, far, far too pretentious.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
It would have been more apropos had the filmmakers titled this confusing sci-fi epic 'The Chronicles of Ridiculous.'
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
A virtuoso exercise in world creation, a plot-heavy epic that's like a breath of fresh air in a time when movie stars and high concepts pass for science-fiction.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Have you ever tried to watch a TV series, like "The Sopranos" or "Twin Peaks," without starting at the beginning? It's disorienting. That's what watching this movie is like.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Bloated-but- enjoyable production.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
More than mere ambition is required to pull off something as bombastic and bloated as this without it looking, you know, bombastic and bloated.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
This utterly superfluous sequel is plotted with pretentious pseudo-religious conflict that makes "The Matrix" sequels look profound
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Impressionnant par moments, enuyeux a d'autres.
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
The last action hero was the one before Diesel.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
A thankless visual spectacle, marvelous to look at but woefully empty where its heart should be.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Good, dirty fun
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Beneath the pseudo-religious undertones and the boomingly ludicrous dialogue, there's a big kid grinning from ear to ear.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
A static-filled space opera that is less thrill-a-minute than thrill-an-hour.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
An inane film rendered sometimes laughable by an atmosphere of dead-serious reverence.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
For people who like this sort of thing, this is just the sort of thing they like.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
There's always something to look at, but the Diesel-fueled action is clogged with backstory.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
But Diesel's one-note tough guy, the oppressive production design... and the overramped special effects crush [the movie] like a trash compactor.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Chronicles packs too much story into what should be another Diesel shoot 'em up
Christian Toto - Washington Times
With Riddick, audiences finally have the kind of movie for which terms like blockbuster were born.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
It's a little strange seeing quirky pianist Glenn Gould in a smackdown with xXx.
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
Soars high above the low-level ambition of its competition and makes us anticipate subsequent installments rather than reminisce about their predecessors.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
Fans of the cult fave will be happy: The story concepts are grander, the scope of the settings are infinitely enlarged, and the casting was kicked up a notch.
Dean Essner - E! Online
An entertaining but shameless mash-up of other escapist fare.
Gemma Tarlach - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
will reestablish Diesel as a major action player..it starts off a little slow but, as its pace picks up, so does your attention
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Dean Essner - Sunday Times (Australia)
While it's impressive in scope and special effects, it comes across as a mish-mash of sci-fi films -- everything from Dune to Star Wars to Battlefield Earth.
Drew McAnulty - Jam! Movies
Writer-director David Twohy has apparently forgotten everything that made his previous movie such an unexpected thrill.
Dan Lybarger - Kansas City Star
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
A big, cheesy sci-fi flick tailor-made for a young male audience looking for things that go boom.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
An incoherent mishmash of ideas swiped from other, better science-fiction sources, chiefly the Star Wars, Star Trek and Matrix movies.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Like so many sequels, The Chronicles of Riddick demonstrates Hollywood's law of diminishing returns: Its quality is inversely proportional to its budget.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Much like a William S. Burroughs novel, the film could be cut up and reassembled and make just as much sense.
Aaron Hillis - Premiere Magazine
As long as you know going in that you're going to see more action than horror/sci-fi, then you won't be disappointed
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
A movie so bad it's baaaaad, in the 1980s sense of the word.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
A tedious, silly, overbudgeted, overwritten popcorn flick
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
This is what one of those cheesy Mortal Kombat movies would be like if it had delusions of grandeur.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
A grandiose, inflated, FX sledgehammer.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
This is purely a movie for fans of elephantine production values and the dwindling number of remaining Diesel enthusiasts.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
[A] disaster of Battlefield Earth proportions, a nightmare of overwrought CGI and grotesquely ornate costumes and hideous sets... and nothing else.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Diesel makes a fine action star, and some of the fight scenes are cool, but resistance is recommended.
Erik Lundegaard - Seattle Times
They leave the ending wide open for the next episode in the chronicle of Riddick. We can only hope that Vin decides to save the universe... from another bad movie.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Amazing-looking sequel to cult fave Pitch Black; unfortunately, the film's wrecked by a surprisingly weak, goofy script.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
If the Terminator went back in time to win a game of Dungeons and Dragons, it'd be a lot like The Chronicles of Riddick.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
For sci-f/horror fans, it's a cool popcorn picture with the conclusion of the trilogy yet to come.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
The dense visuals are the entire story and the only reason to attend.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Aside from its dark vision and operatic flourishes, Chronicles of Riddick doesn't have much else going for it.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
There's nothing here you haven't seen before, especially if you own a PlayStation.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
Whereas Pitch Black served up witty, elegant suspense, the new one is dull, blunt gun-and-run.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The movie veers between looking like a video game and a shaving commercial.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
At last, a good cheesy sci-fi action movie that one can actually enjoy.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
The screenplay is idiotic.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
As a follow-up to a genuinely entertaining movie like 'Pitch Black', it is a very disappointing one.
Peter Sobczynski - Critic Doctor
A sci-fi disaster on a par with the notorious John Travolta bomb Battlefield Earth.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
He's the ultimate badass with the ultimate chip on his shoulder and I couldn't get enough of him.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Makes you long for the days when all Twohy wanted to do was make a decent scary movie.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Rarely has such minor success spawned such major hubris.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
The film is a bit too lumbering to achieve greatness, but it maintains consistent levels of professionalism and creativity that make it a guilty pleasure you shouldn't feel guilty about enjoying.
Mark Keizer - Boxoffice Magazine
...fans won't be disappointed by this big-budget sci-fi opera.
Guylaine Cadorette - Hollywood.com
It may not stand up to earthbound critical demands but there's plenty here to keep the action fan in orbit.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
In terms of idiotic, incoherent plot progression, David Twohy's spacey follow-up is in a class by itself. Think John Travolta's Battlefield Earth and then drop a couple of rungs.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
A crackerjack B-movie sci-fi adventure.
Chauncey Mabe - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Plays like a fabulously outfitted boy's adventure serial.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Clearly Twohy intended Riddick to be a big, flashy, comic-book affair, but the lure of Franchise Filmmaking seems to have dulled his genre-loving sensibilties.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
It seems like dialogue was just an afterthought, or maybe that annoying little d-word that gets in the way of the special effects.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
A Star Wars for grown-ups, with the complexities of Lord of the Rings and the serial adventure quality of Indiana Jones.
Fred Topel - About.com
I hope [Judi Dench] did this for her grandkids or something, because I cried when I saw her in this bad movie.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Thandie Newton swings her hips until they almost smack into the walls on both sides as the scheming wife of Lord Marshal's space-age-mullet-sporting henchman.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The quantum leap from Pitch Black to Riddick is disorienting.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
The open-ended conclusion is intriguing, but the film is destined to join the ranks of Son of Blob if further installments aren't forthcoming.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
"Pitch Black" was a decent action flick that was probably best left as a standalone since the sequel doesn't capture any of the meager charm of its predecessor.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
Pitch Black sequel tries to make a condiment a main course -- and offers action fans a meager meal in the process.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Essentially a long-winded excuse for action sequences and Diesel making menacing faces, mostly over his left shoulder.
John Anderson - Newsday
Aside from a sticky clunky beginning, in which the audience must be taught the rules of this sci-fi adventure, the film shows great discipline in pace and intensity.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
An underwhelming sci-fi flick with Vin Diesel as the muscle-bound anti-hero who speaks with violent actions.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Plenty of interplanetary fighting and outwitting, but mostly it's video-gamish special effects that overwhelm the senses rather than entertain them.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
One can only wish Dame Judi had been allowed to declaim at some point 'Alas, poor Riddick'...let's just hope there are no further chapters to these chronicles.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Necromongers? Underverse? I don't know about you, but when I hear names like that, I start tuning out and thinking about different kinds of pie.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Flawed mythology but the entire production is first-rate and visually stunning.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Combining elements of Hamlet, Dune and Vin Diesel running in slow-motion; Riddick essentially becomes William Shakespeare's first video game.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Riddick is the one of the most unique, original, and exciting movie experiences of the year.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
the result is like Lucas on steroids
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
Fans of "Pitch Black" are likely to find this new film a worthy successor, those who have never seen the first film will be able to jump right into the story and follow along.
Edward Havens - FilmJerk.com
Diesel poses pretentiously like a body builder trying to do a silent version of Hamlet.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
It's all really just a series of episodes where metal weapons clang, firearms spew, and there is much manly grunting of he-men engaged in ferocious combat
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Eschewing the claustrophobic minimalism of its predecessor Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick is an extravagant orgy of used sci-fi parts.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine