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Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 218
Fresh: 97 | Rotten: 121

POTC: AWE provides the thrilling action scenes, but mixes in too many characters with too many incomprehensible plot threads.

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 32

POTC: AWE provides the thrilling action scenes, but mixes in too many characters with too many incomprehensible plot threads.

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Director Gore Verbinski and the crew set sail once again for this, the third chapter in the swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is hopelessly trapped in Davy Jones' locker after a harrowing encounter with the dreaded Kracken, and now Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) must align themselves with the nefarious Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) if they hold out any hope of saving their old friend from a fate worse than

Dec 4, 2007

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All Critics (218) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (97) | Rotten (121) | DVD (40)

Mind-bogglingly, there's virtually no swordplay for the first two hours; when Keith Richards shows up for his soused cameo, the visual joke hangs in the air.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Advice to Johnny Depp fans: enjoy a seafood dinner, skip the beginning, and roll up after half an hour. You won't have missed a thing.

May 30, 2007 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comment (1)
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The entire franchise seems on the verge of collapse, propelled to construct ever more grandiose flights of fancy. Without those sequences, there would be nothing there -- but a movie cannot exist on rollick alone.

May 27, 2007 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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The plot is not only hard to follow, there seems to be nothing real at stake. Half the characters are already dead, and half the movie seems to involve swordfights with dead people who can't be killed with swords.

May 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsweek | Comments (2)
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Not so much thought out as strung together -- colorful incident upon colorful incident, but without logic, gathering suspense or any attempt to establish emotional connections between audience and actors.

May 25, 2007 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (4)
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Depp descends into the shallows of self-parody, and the plot, keen to tie up every narrative loose end, manages to be simultaneously expansive and incomprehensible.

May 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Just how much are you willing to forgive Johnny Depp and that sea-dog swagger of his?

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

While it fails in matching the unpredictable excitement of the original, this is more of what I'd want in Pirates sequels. Just a little less of it.

August 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

If nothing else, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End's ambition and moral ambiguity still set it apart from the pack, but as a send off to the trilogy it staggers across the finish line more than winning out right.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Another piddling blockbuster with delusions of 'darkness'

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

[Verbinski] borrows from a half-dozen mythologies to construct a fitting punishment for the culture of narcissism, compulsive consumption, and greed that makes movies like this one necessary.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is a hearty, bumpy sea marathon. For some, it will be a fun ride; for others, it will be an ordeal. I'm somewhere in between.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Ho-hum, ho-hum - it's the same old bilge again!

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

a little disapointing, but still fun

April 9, 2008

A few laughs, some fantastic CGI and a great cameo from Keith Richards aside, this is turgid and tiresome.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Both sequels to the original film are confusing and long. But the third does improve on the second, because at least something happens.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

At World's End's greatest sin, just like the second film, is that it forgets to be fun.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Comment (1)
BrandonFibbs.com

It's unlikely many fans will have the patience to sit through this soulless, yet visually enticing voyage to nowhere more than once.

January 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Although visually impressive, At World's End is a bitter disappointment considering how fresh and exciting the crew was just a few years ago.

December 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Not for the logically minded or the seasick prone, the film, like its two predecessors, is a dizzing concoction of multiple simultaneous stories taking place either in the real world or anybody's unhinged imagination, take your pick.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

For a long time -- although definitely not all the way to the interminable finale of this whale of a nautical exercise -- you're likely to enjoy what you'll see

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Comment (1)
Entertainment Insiders

Swashbuckling action, but too many puzzling plots.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

When it hits, it is absolutely the best of the three films, but when it misses, it is endlessly tedious.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Comments (2)
Antagony & Ecstasy

Yo ho ho and a bottle of regulations!...has the soul of a three-hour U.N. committee meeting. Gods' bodkins, me hearties, this movie blows like a whale from the vasty deep.

July 31, 2007 Full Review Source: KyleSmithOnline.com | Comment (1)
KyleSmithOnline.com

POTC: At World's End strives for epic-ness, but it's not an epic. It's fluff. And fluff should never, ever exceed more than 1 hour and 47 minutes, including end credits.

July 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

The best in the series.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Audience Reviews for Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

The third instalment of the saga of Captain Jack Sparrow sees him rescued from Davy Jones' Locker to help defeat Clark and The Flying Dutchman. World's End makes a lot of mistakes the previous film made; it concentrates far too much on spectacle and special effects rather than characterisation, the film again resembling a very elaborate cartoon in places. The amusing eccentricities brought to Jack's character by Johnny felt a lot more forced and there are too many characters vying for screen time. This results in Chow Yun Fat being completely wasted and Norrington's character development, which was the best thing about Dead Man's Chest, is completely ignored. But one mistake it does not make is in the pacing; although it is rather longer, it never drags or bores. There's a lot of fun to be had in the one-upmanship between Jack and Barbossa and the witty dialogue from the first film makes a welcome return. Again, like The Matrix and Bourne films, it makes the second film seem rather irrelevant, but as a whole it's an exciting and entertaining romp that won't disappoint Jack's fans.
December 24, 2013
garyX
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At Worlds End has a satisfying and unpredictable ending, in addition to plenty of action and spectacle, but it also sports one of the most needlessly complicated plots I can recall, as well as several slow scenes that break up the movie's momentum at unfortunate moments.
December 16, 2013
Sam Barnett

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Well shiver my timbers...this here be damn complicated!. The third and final part of the pirates trilogy (or so we thought). I've never until now have not understood the plot of a Disney film. Yep its long long long, overdrawn, CGI filled complicated mess with so many sub plots and double crosses I forgot what the film was about. This film is also, apparently, the most expensive film ever made ever! how fitting that its the worst in the trilogy.

In short you have to know the back story for the last two films relatively well to keep up. The plot is even more convoluted than the second film and unfortunately it no longer has the wow factor, originality or nice fantasy element either. To be honest whilst watching I got a distinct sensation that I was watching deleted scenes merely pieced together to create another film. The film really does have that slightly disjointed vibe about it.

I think one of the things that got me was the fact the characters just didn't matter anymore. In the second film 'Davy Jones' was the terror of the seas with his firesome appearance, monstrous crew and pet Kraken (unadventurous end for that beastie), now in this film he is reduced to lingering in the background whilst people talk. A great character reduced to an extra virtually. 'Barbossa' of course was the terror of the first film and he has now been slowly reduced to 'Sparrow's' sidekick of sorts, then we have new character 'Sao Feng' who really doesn't matter. He looks good and its a nice touch to see the Orient in the film but the whole setup is wasted!. Again merely background fodder whilst we must watch Depp do his now overdone thing and the quite uninteresting love conflict between 'Turner' and 'Swann'.

I might add that Knightly has been completely covered in makeup for this last entry, absolutely smothered on her face. She looks like an orange with thick eyebrows! its pretty bad and pretty obvious if you ask me, looks unintentionally amusing.

Yet the sequences showing Sparrow's descent into madness whilst in Davy Jones locker I quite liked even though many didn't. I actually thought those scenes were quite original and well thought out giving us something fresh which is quite hard really, especially with the content you're trying to visualise here. The little moments of quirky insanity with Sparrow felt a bit Raimi-esque if you ask me, reminded me of 'Army of Darkness' and 'Ash' going nuts whilst splitting in two. A bit of a stump in the films fluidity sure but it showed some ingenuity, giving some more uniqueness in-between the other bland action bits.

Of course this being a modern day sequel the films gotta be BIG, REAL BIG!, you want overblown CGI enhanced action set pieces then voila!. I can't deny it all looks terrific and perfectly piratey but blimey gov! how overboard must they go...no pun intended. The perfect example? how about Turner and Swann in a blazing cutlass battle with hordes of bad guys in the midst of a booming sea storm. During this pitch battle to the death they shout out to Barbossa to marry them...he too is in the midst of a fight to the death.

So that he does, we have n utterly ludicrous action sequence with all three exterminating every bad guy with ease whilst they get married. Now I realise this film is purely for fun and all ages, to a degree, but come on, did we have to go there? its sequences like this that totally remove you from the film. Sure you gotta have some suspension of disbelief and that's why its OK to have some slightly fantastical elements but at least give us some small note of emotion, a small drop of actual realistic danger for the characters. No point loading up a brand new video game only to slap on the invincibility cheat and play through.

It takes us awhile but when we do eventually get to the pirate convention in Shipwreck Cove the film does perk up a bit momentarily. The introduction of the pirate city council as it were...was a nice touch, some great looking characters there. I liked how they show us pirates from various different countries, different backgrounds and cultures, they are all well crafted if a little bit cliched too just for fun. But all this leads me to another problem, why couldn't we see more of these guys and less of the rest? the finale sea battle builds up as if we will see every pirate and his crew fight...what happened there?!. We see Sparrow's Pearl go up against the Dutchman but what about the masses of other ships? all the other pirate ships? I thought they wanted to fight, instead they all watch?. I think Verbinski finally realised it was all getting out of hand and too big, I'll just conveniently let the other vessels disappear for the last bit.

In all honesty I had to do some internet/wiki research after watching this film to actually understand what happened here and there, get to grips with the plot. The whole 'Calypso' thing had me floundered for some time I can't deny, had to pinpoint exactly what the hell was going on with that. The piratey dialog while sounding cool, didn't help with trying to follow various sub plots.

There are lots of nice fun little touches throughout the film which remind you what the film was previously...before it became too big. We all know the film is just too flippin busy, too much going on, I think they could of left a lot out or at least leave some characters out, have them tied up and done in the second film or early on. The whole franchise is terribly bloated when it didn't have to be. Its still a solid set of films with a good story, but the first film is the only one which is looked upon favourably, shame really as these last two films could/should so easily have been classics too.
November 16, 2013
phubbs1

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Just Awful
July 18, 2013
Lucas Martins

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    1. Elizabeth Swann: Our destinies have been entwined, Elizabeth but never joined.
    – Submitted by Toni B (7 months ago)
    1. Elizabeth Swann: This is madness.
    2. Jack Sparrow: This is politics.
    – Submitted by Jonathan C (15 months ago)
    1. Jack Sparrow: Did nobody come to save me just because the miss me?
    – Submitted by JuanYamanda R (17 months ago)
    1. Captain Barbossa: The world used to be a bigger place.
    2. Jack Sparrow: World's still the same. There's just less in it.
    – Submitted by Mati M (18 months ago)
    1. Jack Sparrow: My ship, makes me captain!
    2. Captain Barbossa: They be me charts!
    3. Jack Sparrow: Well, then that makes you...chartman!
    – Submitted by Cody H (19 months ago)
    1. Elizabeth Swann: Barbossa! Marry us!
    2. Captain Barbossa: I'm a little busy at the moment!
    – Submitted by Cody H (19 months ago)
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