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Riddick Review Critics


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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 25

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Move along, there's nothing to see and no one to root for in this murky franchise reboot.

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  • 30

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    Village Voice Amy Nicholson

    The only reason to root for Riddick is that his name is on the ticket stub. But he's so dull and the hunters so weird that we're literally cheering for the movie to kill off its personality, one throat slash at a time.

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  • 40

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    The Hollywood Reporter Justin Lowe

    Playing it safe with a script that offers Riddick up as a lone avenging hero, Twohy passes on the opportunity to effectively shade the character’s distinctive dimensionality.

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  • 58

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    Entertainment Weekly Keith Staskiewicz

    At a time when the budgets for sci-fi films are, like the universe itself, expanding at an astronomical rate, Riddick decides to go small.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Scott Foundas

    An improbable but very enjoyable sequel that recaptures much of the stripped-down intensity of Diesel and director David Twohy’s franchise starter "Pitch Black."

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Bruce Ingram

    It’s nothing new for sure, but writer/director David Twohy...throws in enough entertaining touches to maintain interest — despite an overlong two-hour running time.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Riddick isn't perfect but it's a good high-octane sci-fi tinged action/thriller.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    It's fun! Extremely violent, cleverly managed fun, full of eviscerating aliens.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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Riddick returns in violent sequel with more sex content.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Riddick is the third movie in the Vin Diesel sci-fi/action series that began with Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick. There's strong sci-fi violence, with lots of fighting, shooting, stabbing, blood, and gore, including alien guts and a scene in which a blade goes through a man's head, and the top portion of his skull slides off. Human characters die, and a lovable alien dog is shot and killed. This installment amps up the sexual content, too; there's toplessness and full-frontal female nudity, as well as strong sexual innuendo. Language includes several uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as other words. Minor drinking and smoking are quickly shown in some scenes. It's been a long time since the last Riddick movie, so many teens may not be familiar with the franchise, but you don't have to have seen the previous movies to understand what's going on.

  • Families can talk about Riddick's violence. Is it necessary to the story? Is it scary or thrilling? How does its impact compare to that of more realistic violence you've seen in other movies?
  • What did you think of the movie's sexual content? Why do you think filmmakers chose to include more of that in this movie than they did in the previous installments?
  • Is the movie scary? Is that because of sudden shocks or because of long, drawn-out suspense? Are the monsters scary?
  • What's so interesting about Riddick, even though he's such a bad guy? Can he be considered a role model?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Though Riddick is still OK with killing anyone and everyone in order to get what he wants, he does get the humans to work together to survive a much greater threat.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Nearly everyone here -- except a young priest-like character -- is a tough guy, a bounty hunter, or a killer. They're colorful characters, but they're all rude and selfish -- at least until the end, when they try to work together to survive a greater threat.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Very strong sci-fi and fantasy violence, with lots of blood and death. Several human characters die. A blade goes through a man's head, and the top portion of his skull slides off, revealing some teeth, a tongue, and lots of gore. Many characters are stabbed or shot -- and, in one case, gored to death by a steel trap. An alien dog is shot and dies. An innocent woman is shot and killed. Lots of fighting. Lots of alien creatures die, with plenty of alien blood and guts shown. The main character sets his own broken leg and cauterizes a huge, gaping wound in his stomach.

  • sex false5

    Sex: In a flashback to Riddick's days as a ruler, four naked women are shown on his bed while he watches from a chair. One is full frontally naked for several seconds. A second woman is shown showering; one breast is visible. In a later shot, another breast is partially visible in a mirror's reflection. This character and Riddick exchange some strong sexual innuendo; she's a lesbian, but Riddick is so powerful that she's willing to "switch" for him. Riddick climbs a mountain with no clothes on (no graphic nudity).

  • language false4

    Language: Many uses of "f--k" (in various permutations) and "s--t," as well as "bitch," "d--k," "whore," "damn," "ass," "balls," "retard," "crap," "goddamn," and "a--hole," as well as the insult "jamoke."

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Riddick is seen swigging from a bottle of something during a flashback; a secondary character smokes.