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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)


Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 219
Fresh: 118
Rotten: 101

Critics Consensus: Gone is Depp's unpredictability and much of the humor and originality of the first movie.

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 18
Rotten: 28

Critics Consensus: Gone is Depp's unpredictability and much of the humor and originality of the first movie.


Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 1,842,904


Movie Info

Captain Jack Sparrow is caught up in another tangled web of supernatural intrigue. Although the curse of the Black Pearl has been lifted, an even more terrifying threat looms over its captain and scurvy crew: it turns out that Jack owes a blood debt to the legendary Davy Jones, Ruler of the Ocean Depths, who captains the ghostly Flying Dutchman, which no other ship can match in speed and stealth. Unless the ever-crafty Jack figures a cunning way out of this Faustian pact, he will be cursed to an … More

PG-13 (for intense sequences of adventure violence, including frightening images)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Ted Elliott , Terry Rossio
In Theaters:
Dec 5, 2006
Box Office:
Buena Vista - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

All Critics (220) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (118) | Rotten (101) | DVD (35)

The new plot has all the appeal of a seaweed sandwich, being dark, salty, and indigestible.

July 17, 2006
New Yorker
Top Critic

It ought to sink from the weight of the cargo, but it's buoyed by another high-wire performance from Depp.

Full Review… | July 8, 2006
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

This second film is pretty much all thrills, special effects and nonstop action -- but with virtually no cohesive or compelling story line.

Full Review… | July 7, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

'Complications arose, ensued, were overcome,' Jack says at one point. Not entirely, but Dead Man's Chest is worth weighing anchor for, regardless.

Full Review… | July 7, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

In every other way -- as adventure yarn or as satire on that form or merely as an enjoyable entertainment featuring a wonderfully sly and subtle actor -- it is not merely a loser. It is a disaster.

Full Review… | July 7, 2006
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

For the most part, Dead Man's Chest stands on its own and even makes a few halfhearted attempts to say something.

July 7, 2006
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

An action-packed but too-long flick for kids 12+.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

The kind of sensory bombardment that replicates less a Disney theme-park ride than an extended stay at a Guantánamo base cell

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

Feels like two movies: one good, one pretty pointless, neither of which is worth the hype.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Overblown to the point of monotony, the second installment in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise is a prime example of too much money and not enough story.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009

It's a pretty joyless ride, even with all the CGI wizardry a quarter of a billion bucks can buy.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

[This sequel] takes what worked the first time and redoes it only bigger and louder - in the process losing all the charm that made the first film so much fun.

Full Review… | July 7, 2008

a good sequel

April 9, 2008

A patchy and overlong sequel but still full of humour and top-notch action.

Full Review… | March 5, 2008

This movie is the very definition of water torture.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

As you'd expect from a sequel, everything that made the original interesting is amplified to within an inch of its life.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

I had a ball watching the film as it careened from set piece to set piece, whether it be a chase scene, a sword fight or a battle on the seas.

Full Review… | May 31, 2007
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Surpasses its predecessor in making entertainment out of nonsense.

Full Review… | May 20, 2007
Mark Reviews Movies

Dead Man's Chest is simply something we've been missing most of this entire summer - a film that's truly alive.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007

No doubt will end up one of the most popular and successful sequels in cinema history, but like the small act that grows too big too soon, the initial enchantment has faded.

Full Review… | February 22, 2007
Film Journal International

Just because you can do something does not mean you have to. Long and noisy is not enough.

Full Review… | December 3, 2006
Movie Metropolis

Two and a half hours of cinematic slog.

Full Review… | November 11, 2006
The Nation

Yes. Johnny Depp is again hilarious as Capt. Jack Sparrow. Yes. Keira Knightley is fetching in period duds. And, yes, Orlando Bloom is in fine swashbuckling form.

Full Review… | October 9, 2006

An empty vessel... bloated beyond all recognition, and [evidencing] absolutely no flow or consistency -- there's nary a human heartbeat here in its two-and-a-half-hour-plus running time.

Full Review… | September 17, 2006

In spite of its small shortcomings, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest deserves praise for being an old-fashioned popcorn movie that knows how to entertain.

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
Christianity Today

Dead Man on arrival.

Full Review… | August 21, 2006
3BlackChicks Review

Audience Reviews for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest


A fun ride like its predecessor setting up what should be a fun finale. Depp, Bloom, and Knightly shine. Good supporting cast as well.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

'Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!'

Who'd of thought a movie based on a theme park and pirates would be so successful that it would garner a sequel. A sequel that was so so so utterly huge in production values it makes perfect sense that it would fail to live up to its predecessor. The old lesson Hollywood never learns, making things bigger and flashier doesn't always mean it will be better.

The plot? oh geez where to begin. This is the main issue with this franchise which begun in this sequel, only to get worse in the third film. The story becomes so convoluted and twisty its hard to keep up, and this is a Disney film!. Put very simply...most of the characters are all after various bit n pieces including 'Davy Jones' heart, 'Sparrow's' compass and the Black Pearl. Each character has their own reason for needing each item and most of these reasons intertwine with each other at some point, oh and old characters come back into the fray.

The plot is the first film was pretty straight forward, I'm not saying simple is best but it was easy to swallow. This film kicks off relatively well with the characters we know in trouble for helping Sparrow, a deal is set, a plan underway and everybody knows who is doing what and why. The trouble is as the film progresses sub plots pop up, new characters enter with their own story arcs, old characters come back with more story arcs, plans change and double crossing ensues. I can't deny it becomes tricky but in the end it is decipherable and when you think about it its quite good.

So once you've got your head around the plot you do tend to notice how big everything has become. The prison Sparrow escapes from at the start looks very similar to some kind of fortress you'd expect to see in a Tolkien story. The entire early cannibal infested island part of the film really does show how the franchise took a swing for the worst. Sparrow, Norrington and Turner break out into a three way fight over Jones chest which lasts for at least 10-15 minutes, displays way way too much slapstick, completely unbelievable cartoon stunts that detach you from the film and the trio end up covering half the island whilst battling!. In short the whole sequence wasn't needed, it was completely overblown and merely flashy filler, it bared no importance to the plot whatsoever...and this is what you will come to expect from the franchise thereafter.

Now of course we know this franchise is a comedy of sorts, a period set comedy action thriller for everyone to enjoy. The first film had a nice balance of that plus some supernatural fantasy that really worked well. This sequel added that horrendous cartoonish hijinx that totally tore you away from any suspension of disbelief because it went beyond that into a pure hokey farce.

On top of the ludicrous tomfoolery now on show this film has easily had much more creative influence from the classic videogame The Secret of Monkey Island. If you know the game its quite plain to see really, the cannibal island at the start, the murky, misty, swampy location where the team meet voodoo priestess 'Tia Dalma' and of course that character in her entirety, plus the similarity Jones has to 'LeChuck' in terms of evil behaviour, the supernatural and looks.

It is a shame because the film is a good fantasy with some gorgeous visuals both CGI and real time. Davy Jones and his crew are incredible, a real sight to behold, especially Jones squid-like face of course. Its amazing to actually see CGI that looks so good you think its a real makeup job. The other crew members are also so vividly imaginative and well crafted, every scene with these fishy dogs was really great fun, I was always looking out for different types of mutants in the background. I really liked their vessel the Dutchman and the war torn barnacle covered ghost ship appearance it was given (much like the Pearl and its ghostly shrouds of mist n fog), and of course the Kraken was a fun nautical myth to include if somewhat unoriginal and not too good on the CGI front.

Its still a fun film which is saved by the British actors and their astoundingly fun well spoken pomposity, that and the excellent effects on Jones and his (undead?) crew. The finale for Sparrow is an exciting cliffhanger even though you know he will be back, its interesting to see a group of heroes bickering and double crossing each other instead of simply fighting together as one unbeatable team and that supernatural spice is just right. The plot difficulties do mire proceedings but Verbinski just about pulls it off and manages to provide decent escapism.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Gore Verbinski takes his adventurous swashbuckler into darker tides with Dead Man's Chest. The film is visually captivating but does falter on its loosely-incoherent storyline. Johnny Depp doesn't fail as usual with his rendition of Captain Jack. The second film of the Pirates' saga is dark, long and out of control. 3.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Not necessary or particularly self-sustaining, but still fun.

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Quotes

Jack Sparrow:
Me, I'm dishonest, and you can always trust a dishonest man to be dishonest. Honestly, it's the honest ones you want to watch out for, 'cause you can never predict if they're going to do something incredibly stupid.
– Submitted by Christo A (4 months ago)
Jack Sparrow:
We're not free yet, love.
– Submitted by Islam J (19 months ago)
Cutler Beckett:
No doubt you've discovered that loyalty is no longer the currency of the realm, as your father believes.
Elizabeth Swann:
And what is?
Cutler Beckett:
I'm afraid currency is the currency of the realm.
Elizabeth Swann:
Then perhaps we can come to some sort of understanding. I'm here to negotiate.
Cutler Beckett:
I'm listening. [Held at gunpoint]... I am listening intently.
– Submitted by Sean G (23 months ago)
Jack Sparrow:
No, no! More wood! Big fire! I am chief! Want big fire!
– Submitted by Alexander K (2 years ago)
Davy Jones:
Do you fear death? Do you fear that dark abyss? All your deeds laid bare, all your sins punished? I can offer you an escape.
– Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)
Davy Jones:
Damn you Jack Sparrow!
– Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)

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