Pitch Black
Pitch Black (2000)

In this science fiction thriller, a spaceship is transporting a disparate group of people to a far-away galactic outpost called New Mecca. Mechanical failures cause the craft to crash-land on an abandoned planet that has three suns and no… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 24, 2000
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Critic Score
57%
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User Score
77%



Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite an interesting premise (and a starmaking turn from Vin Diesel), Pitch Black is too derivative and formulaic to recommend to sci-fi or action fans.

Derek Adams
Time Out

A smart, suspenseful sci-fi movie from director Twohy, whose underrated 1996 film, The Arrival, also brought visual imagination and intelligence to the genre.

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Tom Keogh
Film.com

The film works because it's strong on fundamentals: fear of the dark, fear of helplessness, fear of the unknown, and fear of unpredictable human behavior.

Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

Pitch Black is such a stinker that it makes Twohy's previous sci-fi thriller, The Arrival, look halfway decent.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The script is a compendium of science-fiction clichés, familiar in Hollywood movies since the early fifties.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Barely intermittent, reminding us that the B-movie is still very much with us.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A solid creature feature, but not at all a revelatory one.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Pitch Black is so jaunty, so limber, and so visually self-assured that art peeks through where crap has traditionally made its home.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In the movie's last hour, writer-director David Twohy pretends to explore his stick figures' moral choices, and he forgets to deliver the thrills.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Original Riddick pic is violent, with teamwork rewarded.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Average action film starring Vin Diesel, that being said, I didn't expect much from Pitch Black, but I was pleasantly surprised. Although lacking in… More
Phil Hubbs
This modest sci-fi thriller pretty much came out of nowhere with hardly any big names and an unknown director (to me). The small fry cast (apart from Keith… More
Al S
An exhilarating and heart-pounding edge of your seat thriller that's packed with big scares and pulse-racing tension. A tremendously entertaining and… More
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Drake Tsui
A delicious Sci Fi suspense/thriller/action flick. Riddick's characterization of badassery really scores a lot of bonus points and the chemistry between… More
Edward Boxler
Pitch Black is an average - maybe above average but definitely B grade - sci-fi effort. It drops you into a new universe where all we're told is that a… More

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