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The Chronicles of Riddick Review

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

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    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.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    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.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    This is a movie so devoted to metal that it couldn't care less about the flesh it destroys.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

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

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    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.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Too often, it simply makes no sense.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Very violent, brainless explosion movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Chronicles of Riddick is a sci-fi action movie that isn't very good, and has intense and graphic violence, including people getting fried in intense heat and a lot of fighting. Characters are in constant peril and many are killed, there are a few four-letter words, and a character speaks of being forced into prostitution. The movie's few strengths are that there are diverse characters on both sides and the way it makes clear that the good guys stand for tolerance.

  • Families can talk about the inspiration for some of the movie's terms like "Necromancer" and "Crematoria." Where does the movie draw inspiration from? Do you notice any literary or historical references?
  • What is the appeal of intensely violent movies like this one? What kind of emotional experience does it offer viewers?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Some messages of tolerance and diversity among the many battles and explosions.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Riddick is a strong leader with a firm sense of justice, but he's also extremely violent.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Intense and graphic violence, characters in frequent peril, many killed, some blood.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references, including to forced prostitution, some unwelcome groping.

  • language false4

    Language: One "f--k," plus lots of other strong words, like "s--t," "p---y," "ass," "hell," "damn," and a couple uses of "God" and "Jesus" as exclamations.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some background drinking plus characters doing shots.