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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Reviews

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 17, 2006
The new plot has all the appeal of a seaweed sandwich, being dark, salty, and indigestible.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 8, 2006
It ought to sink from the weight of the cargo, but it's buoyed by another high-wire performance from Depp.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
July 7, 2006
This second film is pretty much all thrills, special effects and nonstop action -- but with virtually no cohesive or compelling story line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 7, 2006
'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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
July 7, 2006
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.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 7, 2006
For the most part, Dead Man's Chest stands on its own and even makes a few halfhearted attempts to say something.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 7, 2006
The second Pirates of the Caribbean movie is a sweet umbrella drink leaving no hangover, two hours and 20 minutes of escapism that once again makes the movies safe for guilt-free fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 6, 2006
Calling a summer movie 'action-packed' is supposed to be a compliment, but there's nothing so tedious as nonstop excitement.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 6, 2006
It's often unclear what's going on, beyond a zillion dollars of splashy effects washing over the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 6, 2006
All of it evidently based on another notion, that great length equals great importance.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 6, 2006
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is the worst kind of sequel -- the kind that exists only to give you more-more-more of what you liked the first time around, without ever justifying its own existence.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 6, 2006
Although there are memorable bits and pieces, the new Pirates of the Caribbean is a movie with no particular interest in coherence, economy or feeling.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 6, 2006
It's a franchise movie -- a product -- that is pretending to be a lot hipper than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 6, 2006
A bustling sequel that outperforms its predecessor as a special-effects extravaganza but one that can't match the feeling of discovery that came with the original.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 6, 2006
Mr. Verbinski is an extremely skilled traffic director.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 6, 2006
Without a beating heart at its center, this Chest feels empty indeed.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 6, 2006
Yes, it's brightly colored carnival fun. But this ride, in the end, only goes round and round and round. Which is ultimately more ho-hum than ho-ho-ho.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 6, 2006
It's like an amusement park excursion where the entry fee is so high you feel compelled to stay until you get a stomachache to get your money's worth.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 6, 2006
It's too long, unnecessarily complicated and often silly, but Gore Verbinski's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is still the purest popcorn entertainment of the summer.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 6, 2006
The director, Gore Verbinski, has grown more adept at Spielberg-style action, in which the fun is as much in the elegance of the staging as the stunts.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 6, 2006
This chest is overfilled with exposition and physical comedy, without a doubloon's worth of the scary suspense that made the laughs in the first one such brilliant comic relief.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 6, 2006
Rum, monotony and the lash.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
July 6, 2006
When you find out at the end that what you've just seen is merely the overture to yet another sequel, you can't help wondering what more can be extracted from this franchise. Gold, me hearties, more gold!
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 6, 2006
At two hours and 30 minutes, the story has its repetitive and wearisome passages, and the plot emerges only to bog things down, but for most of its length it positively dances with gusto.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5.4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 6, 2006
Here's the movie to put the giddy back in the giddy-ap of summer.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 6, 2006
The Curse of the Black Pearl, this second installment in the promised trilogy (Parts 2 & 3 were shot concurrently) lacks the swash and buckle of the original. And then some.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 6, 2006
This is the most satisfying big-screen excuse for overpriced popcorn so far this summer.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 6, 2006
I was worn down by the excess.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 6, 2006
In essence, Dead Man's Chest gives us an opportunity to join old friends on a new adventure that isn't substantially different from the old one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 6, 2006
It's the triumphant rogue in Depp that keeps this pirate ship afloat and actually makes the third voyage (coming next summer) a trip worth booking.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 6, 2006
It's an amalgam of many of the modern cinema's worst tendencies and modern filmmaking's most unfortunate misconceptions. The film has an epic scale without an epic story, epic characters, epic ideas or epic emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 6, 2006
This installment in the trilogy feels more like filler between the first and the last episodes, and with no obvious story to tell, it remains mired in the horse latitudes of whimsy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 6, 2006
A goofball riff on the pirate-movie genre, this sequel is as insubstantial as popcorn -- and as delicious.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 6, 2006
The movie is lopsided, sloppy, too long and absolutely irresistible.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 6, 2006
It does deliver a combustible combination of ingredients for a summer blockbuster: a cornucopia of action and dazzling effects, some raucous humor and a large dose of Depp's winning charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 6, 2006
This Disney movie isn't a follow-up to the first Pirates of the Caribbean so much as its empty-calorie clone.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 6, 2006
The dreaded curse of the sequels hits home with a vengeance in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, a noisy and lazy stopgap movie that goes absolutely nowhere and takes 2 1/2 hours to get there.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 6, 2006
Even more cartoonish than the original film from 2003 -- a difficult feat to achieve -- this second installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, often feels like a live-action version of a Road Runner-Wile E. Coyote extravaganza.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
July 6, 2006
The problem isn't that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is only half a movie, it's that it feels like one -- an elaborate tease that's effectively a feature-length coming attraction for Pirates III.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 6, 2006
The first of two sequels shot in immediate succession, Dead Man's Chest bears the unenviable burden of racking the pins for both movies, which leaves it with precious few opportunities to have a little fun of its own.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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Ben Walters
Time Out
July 6, 2006
As the film heaves from one muddily motivated set-piece to the next, McGuffins accruing like barnacles all the while (the sketch! the key! the papers! the chest! the heart!), it takes on the sinking feeling of a vessel adrift, sending out flares.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 5, 2006
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is even more of a party-hearty-Marty potlatch of silliness than its predecessor.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 5, 2006
This production is a vast, expensive, sprawling affair that never feels out of control thanks to Verbinski's assured direction.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 5, 2006
Yes indeed, Pirates 2.0 is a theme ride, if by ride you mean a hellish contraption into which a ticket holder is strapped, overstimulated but unsatisfied, and unable to disengage until the operator releases the restraining harness.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 5, 2006
The problem with the Pirates films, and with this one more than the first, is that there's not a genuine moment in them -- no point of human contact...they're baldly concocted, confected, engineered.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
July 5, 2006
Like Jack's heart, Dead Man's Chest is unsure of what it wants, so it takes the omnivorous approach, and all of the story lines suffer for it.