(2013)

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Metascore

Based on 35 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
70
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."
67
Riddick, as a character, is best when he's alone, fighting against insurmountable odds, with narratives that serve his singular nastiness.
64
Riddick is a fractured skeleton of a script, with each distinct installment scratching its own itch.
60
Overlong and often overcooked, this is nevertheless a relative return to form for Diesel as the fiendish Furyan.
58
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.
40
The aliens are unscary and easily despatched, Vin’s too silent to be interesting, and the other characters – a gang of bounty hunters on Riddick’s trail – are either dull or offensive.
40
Too stodgy for B-movie suspense, too silly to shock, too sexist to stomach, Diesel’s return misfires.
40
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
30
Village Voice
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.
25
Slant Magazine
For a film about a killing machine who can see at night, it's fittingly ironic that the film itself is, both narratively and visually, a dark, muddled mess.

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