Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 27, 2010

Rip-roaring fun for kids who don't mind skeletons.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009

Entertaining, exciting, and engrossing with a genuine feel of adventure along with excellent performances...

Cole Smithey
April 18, 2009

Were it not for Johnny Depp's crassly reassured character creation of scoundrel pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, there would be nothing to relish in this overlong and witless waste of celluloid based on a Disneyland ride.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008

It's just a lot of fun.

Stefan Birgir Stefansson
April 9, 2008

one of the all time greatest adventure flicks

| Original Score: 5/5
David Ansen
Top Critic
November 1, 2007

Here -- in a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced high-seas adventure that incorporates roaring cannons, oddball comedy, a love story and more than a touch of the supernatural -- Depp unleashes his theatrical bravado. He's hilarious.

Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007

Oops, there I go again talking about Johnny Depp. Get used to that. He's all you'll remember from the movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
May 31, 2007

The whole feature film is one giant ride -- which considering its origins is perhaps to be expected. ... Depp gives his loosest and looniest performance yet -- and it is spectacular.

Full Review | Original Score: A-

Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

Depp invests this overfed, action-tractioned swashbuckler with a voluptuous wit and spry spontaneity it surely doesn't deserve.

Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005

Pirates of the Caribbean is exactly what you look for in a summer blockbuster, all while delivering a much-needed overhaul to the classic pirate flicks of the golden years.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
January 3, 2005

Depp's highly strange, oddly magnetic, and irresistibly entertaining performance energizes the overextended, two-hour-plus proceedings.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004

It echoes the ambition, mischief, boyish glee, and whimsical wit of 80s adventure films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Gremlins, The Goonies, and The Princess Bride....

| Original Score: B+
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004

If you think the title is long, wait until you see the movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Mark Sells
Film Threat
August 14, 2004

Tthe real surprise here is how strong the writing holds up.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 6, 2004

Comes close to recreating some of the bigger-than-life wonder that we experience at the movies in our childhood. Depp is a fey, hilarious wonder.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 23, 2004

May cause you to sing "Yo, ho-ho and a bottle of rum" and shout phrases such as "Tie the scurvy dogs to the yardarm" just for the fun of it.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 4, 2004

It's a rare thing when I come out of a movie theater these days saying the words, 'Geez, I hope they do a sequel to this thing.'

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
February 28, 2004

Depp is wonderful here, and Sparrrow is the best creation of the movie year.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 10, 2004

...Full of colorful visuals, amazing special effects, and plenty of silly fun for the whole family.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Scott Chitwood
February 7, 2004

Both kids and adults will thoroughly enjoy this movie. It's a lot of fun and well worth checking out. I highly recommend checking it out on the big screen.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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