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Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End Reviews

Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

November 17, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/6

June 30, 2007
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

May 30, 2007
Tom Charity
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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.

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May 27, 2007
David Ansen
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

May 25, 2007
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

May 25, 2007
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 25, 2007
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Unconscionably long at 2 hours and 48 minutes, saddled with a plot that badly needed streamlining and running a bit low on humor, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End may not sink, but it certainly sometimes founders.

| Original Score: C+

May 25, 2007
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
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Worth seeing for the jaw-dropping action, the doses of irreverent humor and of course the star power of Depp, Knightley, Rush, Orlando Bloom, Bill Nighy, Chow Yun-Fat and a host of other talented actors who utter their lines with Shakespearean gusto.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 25, 2007
Stephanie Zacharek
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A glazed, inhuman, cluttered piece of work, a storytelling mishmash that buries the considerable charms of its actors under heavy drifts of silt.

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May 24, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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A ponderous pirate saga, 168 minutes long, with more doldrums than 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.'

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

May 24, 2007
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The longest and talkiest installment in the blockbuster Pirates trilogy, At World's End doesn't even have the decency to provide a good action sequence until more than two hours in.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

May 24, 2007
Dana Stevens
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Adrift in the windless seas of its 168-minute running time, the viewer passes through confusion and boredom into a state of Buddhist passivity.

Full Review Source: Slate

May 24, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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In order to tie up all the loose plot lines from the first two films, Verbinski and screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio throw so much story at us that the nonstop action becomes deadening.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

May 24, 2007
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Funner, biggerer, brighterer, bolderer, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is not only okay, it may even be close to good.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 24, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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One longs for more scenes featuring Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and less of everything else in this bloated, overwrought and convoluted three-hour misfire.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 24, 2007
Rob Salem
Toronto Star
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Relentlessly dense and unfathomable; Depp, the heart and soul of the series, doesn't even show up till several reels in.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

May 24, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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This film is less comedic and more sweeping than the first two, and Depp often seems to be strolling the borders of the film, commenting on it.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 24, 2007
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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[Erupts] into a grand and glorious adventure at the final hour. After lying dead in the water during much of its three-part odyssey, Pirates of the Caribbean has saved the best for last. The third time is the charmer.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 24, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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In terms of pure adventure, there's less of it here than in Pirates 2 -- the action doesn't really start until about two hours in, and even then it's hard to understand the shifting allegiances or make sense of why the different sides are fighting.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 24, 2007
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Ultimately the voyage is so choppy and long that into the third hour I found myself yawning, 'Yo-ho-hum and a very sore bum.'

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

May 24, 2007
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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Even longer and less coherent [than Dead Man's Chest]. Consider it a companion piece to the similarly indulgent Spider-Man 3.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5

May 24, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A thrill-a-minute extravaganza.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

May 24, 2007
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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The third Pirates has tender moments and smashing ones, and if you fix on Depp, you'll manage fine.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

May 24, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Running nearly three hours in length, it continues the pointless excesses of the second film while again entirely missing the romantic charm of the first.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

May 24, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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I like my action movies complicated, but At World's End is less a complexity than it is a high seas bazaar with everyone and everything vying for attention. You end up going home with nothing to show for your adventure.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

May 24, 2007
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The overloaded sequel exhausts without ever satisfying. Cluttered and clattering, busy with jokes that never bob to the surface of funny, it puts the 'oy!' in ships ahoy.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

May 24, 2007
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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At World's End has some fun stuff. If only it weren't so stuffed to the gills with moving parts.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C

May 24, 2007
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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[Depp's] shtick is funny, but the players are all upstaged by the astonishing special effects, superior to those of earlier installments in creating a wondrous and menacing world.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 24, 2007
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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One of the best wrap-ups of a trilogy in recent memory.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

May 24, 2007
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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At World's End includes a whole lot of chitchat, as the characters strain to explain this overplotted extravaganza. Sure, the pirates need reasons to swing swords at each other, but do they really need this many?

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2007
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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The last, longest, and most tedious of the bunch, At World's End sags under reams of exposition that not only fail to clarify the story, but take away from the slapstick tomfoolery that made the first film escapist fun.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

May 24, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Abandon hope all ye seeking a coherent, much less satisfying, narrative.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

May 24, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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If the previous installment, Dead Man's Chest, was a classic No. 2, antic and insultingly unresolved, World's End tips the ship too far in the opposite direction. The first two hours of this 168-minute leviathan are bafflingly action-free.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 24, 2007
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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The cannibals, coconuts and landlocked locations [of Dead Man's Chest] have been replaced by the high-seas high jinks that made the first film so enjoyable.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

May 24, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The effects are spectacular, Knightley and Bloom have more to chew on and more romance to play, and Depp, vamping multiple versions of the ditz he created for this role, is uproarious.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

May 23, 2007
Gene Seymour
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It won't matter whether you've seen the first two Pirates movies or not. You'll still be confused.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

May 23, 2007
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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For the diligent and the faithful, director Gore Verbinski and screenwriters Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott, laboring under the bombastic tutelage of Jerry Bruckheimer, have assembled another collection of exciting set-pieces with bellowed dialogue.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 23, 2007
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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The most visually spectacular, action-packed and surreal of the adventures of Capt. Jack Sparrow.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 23, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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After the film's final act at Shipwreck Cove, one does feel a sense of satisfaction with the Pirates series, the glow of a rum punch and an ocean sunset.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 23, 2007
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Producer Jerry Bruckheimer does deserve a shoutout: It takes a kind of genius to sucker audiences into repeatedly buying the same party tricks.

| Original Score: 2/4

May 23, 2007
James Berardinelli
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The thrilling final hour is almost enough to make one forget how much of a labor it is to trudge through the first two-thirds -- almost, but not quite.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 23, 2007
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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More than ever, Depp masterfully keeps the enterprise afloat, even when the sheer weight of all those other characters threatens to throw it off-course.

May 23, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Just about every character in At World's End comes with his or her own agenda, and the movie grows top-heavy as we attempt to keep track of who's trying to accomplish what.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

May 23, 2007
Brian Lowry
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POTC: At World's End clocks in at more than 2 3/4 hours, but, unlike last year's bloated sequel, at least possesses some semblance of a destination, making it slightly more coherent -- if no less numbing during the protracted finale.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 23, 2007
Nathan Lee
Village Voice
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POTC:AWE is a lukewarm maelstrom of secret agendas, double crossings, tricky alliances, back stabbings, political conspiracies, warring factions, etc. -- none of which is the least bit captivating or, by and large, comprehensible.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 23, 2007
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