Parents' Guide to

Pitch Black

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Original Riddick pic is violent, with teamwork rewarded.

Movie R 2000 112 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

Exciting sci-fi romp

Well there’s a bit of violence in this movie, it is dealt with quite well. The skills are not too intense for younger viewers, and Vin Diesel really shines here. There’s a bit of bad language, but no nudity or sexual situations at all.
age 17+


A really good action and science fiction movie. I love the movie. No kids under 17 should not watch.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (6 ):

After making his directorial debut with The Arrival, screenwriter David Twohy (The Fugitive) proved that he had the stuff to be a strong director of genre films on modest-sized budgets. PITCH BLACK was another of these, a slam-bang action movie with lots of jump-scares and gore, but based around some good ideas and character interactions.

Twohy makes the most out of the concept of two enemies teaming up to fight a greater enemy, as well as the sci-fi idea of a planet engulfed in total darkness. He employs some terrifically spooky effects to show Riddick's night vision; the whole movie looks great given its limited locations and general lack of razzle-dazzle. It's clearly indebted to movies like The Thing from Another World and Alien, but it's also innovative enough to join them. (Twohy's sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick, was four times as expensive, and not half as smart or entertaining.)

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