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Based on 34 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Just about everything in The Chronicles of Riddick is impenetrable, from the convoluted story to the dark and baroque art direction. It's an inane film rendered sometimes laughable by an atmosphere of dead-serious reverence. show more

  • 38
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Has a riddick-ulous sci-fi plot, overblown and numbing video game-style special effects and a going-through-the-motions lead performance by Vin Diesel. show more

  • 38
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Chronicles of Riddick is half cheesy, brawny adventure and half … something else. That something else involves a lot of leather, bondage, studded armor and heavy machinery. show more

  • 40
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Unfortunately, Twohy has tried to turn the Riddick enterprise into a sprawling, Tolkien-powered epic, jamming the screen with too many historical parallels and a confusion of new characters. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Too often, it simply makes no sense. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Chronicles doesn't pause for much character development, and is in such a hurry that even the fight scenes are abbreviated chop-chop sessions. show more

  • 50
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    Despite being positioned as a mold-breaker, Riddick now blends in with a sizable crowd of reluctant loner cinematic heroes, just as the movie fails to convince that it's going where no movie has gone before. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Like everything in this humorless new genre, "Chronicles" comes with its own snap-together mythology. show more

  • 50
    Aaron Hillis Premiere

    With his latest, the sci-fi–action–adventure The Chronicles of Riddick, Vin Diesel has established himself as the new face of morally ambiguous anti-heroes. show more

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