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

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Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly

Spooky, atmospheric direction and a colorful turn by Depp clash with the dumbed-down storyline and veritable booty of pirate cliches.

| Original Score: 2/4

July 10, 2003
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Yo ho, yo ho! A full refund for me!

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 1/4

July 9, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This movie is far too long.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

July 14, 2003
Cole Smithey

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 Source: | Original Score: C-

April 18, 2009
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

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

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 14, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Depp's odd performance should probably make this film live on as a cult classic.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

July 9, 2003
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Surprisingly dull.

| Original Score: C

July 9, 2003
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Pirates of the Caribbean tends to overstay its welcome.

| Original Score: 2/4

July 9, 2003
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A monotonous, repetitive spectacle of endless shipboard sword fights and pirate ghosts in the moonlight.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

July 9, 2003
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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Pirates of the Caribbean is a movie that you ride around in circles for 2 hours and 23 minutes, until at last it brings you back where you began, exhausted and a lot dizzier.

| Original Score: 2/4

July 9, 2003
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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There is much by way of noise, computer-generated action, big sets and breezy laughs, and practically nothing to intrude on your thought processes afterwards.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

July 9, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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An overstated, unashamedly silly summer adventure.

| Original Score: C+

July 10, 2003
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Certainly, Pirates has its moments. But it's definitely no 'E' ticket.

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

July 11, 2003
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Pirates steams ahead on a mirthless course of script beats and busy action sequences, coldly steered by director Gore Verbinski to the boom-blast-blare coordinates of producing commodore Jerry Bruckheimer.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

July 11, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Buries its treasures -- mainly Johnny Depp in eye shadow and dreads as Captain Jack Sparrow -- in briny clichés.

| Original Score: 2/4

July 31, 2003
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

It's a marvelous day for corporate synergy. Somebody either deserves a raise or should be shot at sunrise.

July 8, 2003
Tony Medley

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/10

October 7, 2004
Timothy Knight

While certainly not a bad film, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl nonetheless rates as somewhat of a disappointment, given the talent involved.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

July 11, 2003
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

It turns out to be slow and somewhat dull, as if it's trying to be something other than a good ride.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald

September 12, 2003
Brian Mckay

Yo ho ho-hum, the ride was better, and shorter. The two main stars of the film are some fantastic visuals and Johnny Depp's performance (which is the saving grace many times over).

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

August 10, 2003
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