Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Reviews

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March 14, 2018
The result is an overproduced movie that tries so strenuously hard to be "fun" that it's a chore to sit through. For all its razzle-dazzle production values, the story itself feels cluttered, hard to follow and hard to care about
July 17, 2006
The new plot has all the appeal of a seaweed sandwich, being dark, salty, and indigestible.
July 15, 2006
Lumpen direction, lousy writing and pouting performances aside, the worst thing about Dead Man's Chest is its interminable length.
July 8, 2006
It ought to sink from the weight of the cargo, but it's buoyed by another high-wire performance from Depp.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 7, 2006
A blockbuster worth watching for the flair with which the cast plunge into the action.
July 6, 2006
Calling a summer movie 'action-packed' is supposed to be a compliment, but there's nothing so tedious as nonstop excitement.
July 6, 2006
It's often unclear what's going on, beyond a zillion dollars of splashy effects washing over the screen.
July 6, 2006
All of it evidently based on another notion, that great length equals great importance.
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.
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.
July 6, 2006
It's a franchise movie -- a product -- that is pretending to be a lot hipper than it is.
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.
July 6, 2006
Mr. Verbinski is an extremely skilled traffic director.
July 6, 2006
Without a beating heart at its center, this Chest feels empty indeed.
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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