Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Riddick returns in violent sequel with more sex content.
  • R
  • 2013
  • 119 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 8 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive 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.
Positive Role Models & Representations
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.
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.
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).
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."
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Riddick is seen swigging from a bottle of something during a flashback; a secondary character smokes.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAsh_1 June 5, 2021


I love all the Riddick movies and this one is great! Thank you for adding unrated versions... If you raise your kids to understand what they see in movies is... Continue reading
Adult Written byJefe1970 May 27, 2021

Not needed

I don't think all these movies these days need nudity it takes away from the story line and the actors in the movies. Also, we have enough blood and gore a... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 4, 2017

Very good sci fi is more intense than the first two films.

The film Riddick is the third in the series. It is more intense than the first film (Pitch black) and the second (The Chronicles of Riddick). The story continue... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byaheller2002 November 15, 2016


Too much sex, language and violence, but ok movie.

What's the story?

At the end of The Chronicles of Riddick, Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel) was the ruler of the Necromongers. But he's quickly betrayed and left for dead on a barren planet that's populated with deadly, ravenous creatures. Using his wits and cunning, Riddick survives -- and eventually discovers a way off the planet by activating a beacon that attracts two different bands of bounty hunters. His plan is to take their ship by whatever means necessary. But things take a different turn when an even greater threat approaches, and the humans are forced to work together to survive.

Is it any good?

RIDDICK works better than many big-budget sci-fi action movies. After Pitch Black became a success on home video, director David Twohy made a sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick, which cost four times as much, with more plot and more of everything. It was a dud. Now, for the third film, he's gone back to the modest-budget genre movies he excels at and delivers another winner. RIDDICK -- albeit violent and sexed-up -- is great fun, with simple ideas and goals, focused on characters who try to use their brains, and with all the action set in a limited space and time.
The attacking aliens aren't exactly top-of-the-line visual effects, but that doesn't matter hugely, since the characters are the film's primary focus. The movie starts with an almost completely visual sequence that shows Riddick as he mends a broken leg, befriends an alien dog, and adapts to the alien landscape. Then, as in the first movie, Twohy builds the legend of Riddick by keeping him off screen as the other characters talk about him.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • 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?

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