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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Reviews

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Roe McDermott
Hot Press
March 11, 2016
More safe than swashbuckling, On Stranger Tides basically pirates its own predecessors. But, hey, it'll keep the fans entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
A movie so dark, dank and devoid of coherence that you'd swear it exists only to pillage gullible buckos of their bucks.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
Precisely the movie this series should be producing now, a generic, harmless spectacle with the added bonus of Johnny Depp goofing off.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ben Kendrick
October 2, 2012
There is fun to be had and it's exciting (for a moment) to see Captain Jack Sparrow on the big screen again but the overall production suffers from franchise burnout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Beck
September 20, 2012
"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" is not really a bad film, it's more so a disappointing and forgettable one
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
March 13, 2013
Great production design and a couple well done action scenes make this one somewhat enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matt Looker
September 25, 2012
The action ... ranges from fun swashbuckling, to tedious parrying, to outright terribly edited, CGI funk that completely defies any kind of physical presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 26, 2011
After four movies, Pirates is beginning to feel a bit like a soggy, waterlogged plank that's been afloat in the salty sea a bit too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
June 3, 2011
It all goes on and on, and becomes excessively complicated without becoming clever, and there's a real sense of arrogant laziness about the whole production.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Grae Drake
May 27, 2011
It fails to completely recapture the magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
May 16, 2011
While not as execrably dull or insufferably long as the third entry, On Stranger Tides lacks even a basic sense of invention and is keen simply to milk the cash cow for another round...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
May 23, 2011
Pretty good for the first 45 minutes.
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
May 19, 2011
Stranger Tides at least has a story that is relatively comprehensible and keeps its roster of main characters trimmed to a manageable level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
May 22, 2011
The laughs are few and far between, some bad CG effects mar the better sequences, Depp's performance doesn't have the lustre it once had, and the movie's plot doesn't so much defy logic as tie it up and make it walk the plank.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
May 20, 2011
It is truly strange that a film setting out to be pure entertainment, so full of stars and special effects, should be so mortifyingly dull - although, then again, as Dr Johnson said: "Nothing is more hopeless than a scheme of merriment."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
May 17, 2011
The characters extricate themselves far too easily from difficult situations and there's no sense of excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Daniel Hubschman
May 17, 2011
The film is as mechanical as the ride from which it is based.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Zingale
May 19, 2011
Never amounts to more than a bunch of noisy action scenes loosely strung together by a lackluster plot with no sense of excitement or adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 19, 2011
Serves as a reminder of how much fun the first Pirates movie was and how desperately the franchise has been working to recapture that feeling ever since.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
May 20, 2011
You know, there was a time when the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise supplied as many jaw-dropping thrills as the Disney theme park attraction by which it was inspired. But now it provides about as much enjoyment as waiting in line for said ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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