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

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 30, 2014
One of a handful of legitimately bold, original summer tentpoles of the 2000s.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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
ColeSmithey.com
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.
April 9, 2008
one of the all time greatest adventure flicks
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
David Ansen
Newsweek
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-
Top Critic

Time Out
February 9, 2006
Depp invests this overfed, action-tractioned swashbuckler with a voluptuous wit and spry spontaneity it surely doesn't deserve.
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
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
TheMovieReport.com
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
tonymedley.com
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
Oz
eFilmCritic.com
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
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