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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Reviews

June 2, 2017
The subtitle of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie is "Dead Men Tell No Tales." The moral of the movie, alas, is that the same cannot be said of dead franchises.
May 30, 2017
If being dull, gruesome and obnoxiously loud weren't enough, Dead Men Tell No Tales makes sure to get in a blast of sexism, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 26, 2017
The bounty of bawdy bits feel borrowed from Benny Hill ("No woman's ever handled my Herschel before!" says a stunned telescope operator), while the slapstick violence skews toward the Three Stooges.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 26, 2017
Is this really only the fifth entry in the Pirates film franchise? It feels like the 50th. Except for Javier Bardem, who brings a dollop of fresh mischief to this paycheck party, Dead Men has all the flavor of rotting leftovers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 26, 2017
Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg work up a stormy sea-parting finale that is better than anything in The Ten Commandments. Again, the trick to enjoying this film is to expect nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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May 26, 2017
I daresay it is the very best fourth sequel ever made to a movie based on a 50-year-old theme park ride.
May 26, 2017
There are no new treasures to be found in this installment, which is dragged down by the anchor of a prescribed franchise blueprint.
May 26, 2017
Now in its fifth outing and trying to press reset after an unnecessary fourth movie, Depp's campy performance in that role is losing crucial energy and humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 26, 2017
It's fast paced but goes nowhere new and the film's "bigness" makes it hard to remember what an amazingly unexpected treasure The Curse of the Black Pearl was.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 25, 2017
We had zero hope for the fifth chapter in the waterlogged Pirates of The Caribbean franchise. And we were wrong. This thing is terrific.
May 25, 2017
Productions like this come and go, crumbling tentpoles to be replaced by new timber, but they are self-fulfilling prophecies, and dire ones, about the future of the theatrical movie business. They're accomplices in a soul heist.
May 25, 2017
Popcorn munchers and franchise fans will find plenty to like.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 25, 2017
Its pleasures are so meager, its delight in its own inventions so forced and false, that it becomes almost the perfect opposite of entertainment.
May 25, 2017
[It] tries to turn back time, seeking to replicate the first 2003 film's chemistry. That attempt to swim against the tide doesn't entirely work, but at least delivers moments that fleetingly jolt this... fifth installment to sporadic life.
May 25, 2017
I found Dead Men Tell No Tales to be passably fun and certainly no harder to watch than any of the better-pedigreed blockbusters this year.
May 25, 2017
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" remains true to its Disney theme park roots. Loud, overstimulating and hard to take in all in one sitting, it feels like the vacation that you'll need a vacation from.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 25, 2017
Padding out its muddled 129 minutes with the sluggish pace of a funeral barge, it marks the ignominious low of a once great series. It lacks yo-ho-ho.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 25, 2017
Depp, who once was among the most risk-taking actors in film, seems to be merely going through the motions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 25, 2017
It's stuffed to the gills with effects executed by the highest-paid artists and technicians in the business. But it's still a sorry spectacle.
May 25, 2017
Been there, plundered that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 25, 2017
The dead tell a tale in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but unfortunately that tale is erratic, filled with holes, peppered with far-too-convenient plot points and tarnished by over-the-top situations ...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 25, 2017
It's a strange thing for a movie to get more quiet when cannons fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 24, 2017
A cartoonish Depp and a muddled plot send this fifth "Pirates" film to the bottom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 24, 2017
Dead men may tell no tales, but bored audience members do. Open bar, anyone? Can we toast the end of this franchise? Please?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 24, 2017
We have Oscar winners Geoffrey Rush and Javier Bardem hamming it up beneath all the makeup and CGI trickery, and that's a hoot. Bardem's Salazar is a genuinely frightening creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 24, 2017
Ever ridden an amusement-park ride once and it was really fun and exciting? And then you rode it again and again and it got less fun, until finally you wondered why you liked it in the first place? And here we are.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 24, 2017
If it were better - if it were merely a neutral experience - it might be called a waste of time. But sitting in a theater fighting restless leg syndrome is more than a waste of time; it's actively unpleasant.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 23, 2017
Sparrow even jumps over a shark in Dead Men-a zombie shark, but a shark nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 23, 2017
The story once again centers on Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow, a character who at this point makes more sense in a Party City clearance aisle than on a multiplex screen.
May 22, 2017
After this fifth episode, you'll wish Disney would just declare the franchise dead and tell no more tales.
May 22, 2017
Maybe it's nostalgia or the fact that nautical adventures remain far less common in the multiplex than superhero fare, but the series' central charm is precious cargo whose returns have yet to entirely diminish.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 22, 2017
The most divertingly enjoyable since the first. A professionally crafted brew of action, slapstick and supernatural mumbo-jumbo, it's less likely to spur timepiece glances than did the last few bloated installments.
May 22, 2017
Whatever charm and charisma Johnny Depp once had is well and truly lost at sea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 22, 2017
Five films in, Pirates still leaves you feeling a lot like the Magic Kingdom ride it's so famously inspired by: alternately thrilled, exhausted, and seriously regretting that last funnel cake.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 22, 2017
Better hoist a distress signal fast, maties. This ship's sinking fast -- and there's no safe harbor in sight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 22, 2017
Depp remains wholeheartedly the focus of this fifth Pirates film, and saying the character's loopy novelty has faded is like complaining that there are maggots in the below-decks gruel: You knew what you were getting when you came aboard.
May 22, 2017
The franchise has lost a bit of its luster with every successive installment, but never has a "Pirates" film felt this inessential, this depressingly pro forma.
May 22, 2017
The most important lesson from the new Pirates of the Caribbean? Ghost sharks should have been added a long time ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4