The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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If it had been cut to about 90 minutes, this could have been a bright and breezy adventure that zipped along at a cracking pace. As it is, it's a rather bloated actioner that has one or two great moments.
This latest chapter isn't sharp enough to restore the sense of discovery that made that 1st outing so exciting, but it's enough to make up for most of the missteps of the darn arrgh-inducing third one.
The series has simply run out of steam. Though better than its predecessor, this chapter owes everything to the Herculean strength of Johnny Depp's charm and the presence of Geoffrey Rush and Ian McShane.
There are two choices. One is irritation that nothing really makes sense, including the subtitle. The other is to lower expectations and enjoy Jack Sparrow, who is, after all, the only reason the franchise made it past the first film
I, for one, get a tremendous kick out of Depp as Captain Jack. The character is smart, unpredictable and a whole lot of fun, which makes me more than willing to climb aboard and tag along no matter how ridiculous or overwrought his adventures get.