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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Reviews

November 1, 2007
Here -- in a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced high-seas adventure that incorporates roaring cannons, oddball comedy, a love story and more than a touch of the supernatural -- Depp unleashes his theatrical bravado. He's hilarious.
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February 9, 2006
Depp invests this overfed, action-tractioned swashbuckler with a voluptuous wit and spry spontaneity it surely doesn't deserve.
July 31, 2003
Buries its treasures -- mainly Johnny Depp in eye shadow and dreads as Captain Jack Sparrow -- in briny clichés.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 25, 2003
Pirates reminds me of a vintage MGM musical, a movie that is more choreographed than directed, and one that serves up good clean fun of the PG-13 variety.
July 16, 2003
At, say, 85 minutes, this would have been a jolly little swashbuckler, but at 143 it turns into an unholy trial.
July 16, 2003
An awkward pirate epic that's jampacked with energy, ambition and spectacular effects.
July 14, 2003
This movie is far too long.
July 11, 2003
Pirates steams ahead on a mirthless course of script beats and busy action sequences, coldly steered by director Gore Verbinski to the boom-blast-blare coordinates of producing commodore Jerry Bruckheimer.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 11, 2003
Isn't so much a pirate movie as it is the idea of a pirate movie.
July 11, 2003
Certainly, Pirates has its moments. But it's definitely no 'E' ticket.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 10, 2003
An overstated, unashamedly silly summer adventure.
Read More | Original Score: C+
July 9, 2003
The booty here is 100 percent fool's gold.
July 9, 2003
[Johnny] Depp is the single best reason to see Pirates of the Caribbean if you're past the age of 10.
July 9, 2003
Pirates will enthrall kids and amuse adults. Its only failing is that at 2 hours and 15 minutes, it's about 20 minutes too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 9, 2003
There is much by way of noise, computer-generated action, big sets and breezy laughs, and practically nothing to intrude on your thought processes afterwards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 9, 2003
Who knew Johnny Depp was a theme park all by himself?
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 9, 2003
Pirates of the Caribbean is a movie that you ride around in circles for 2 hours and 23 minutes, until at last it brings you back where you began, exhausted and a lot dizzier.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 9, 2003
A monotonous, repetitive spectacle of endless shipboard sword fights and pirate ghosts in the moonlight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 9, 2003
An improbably entertaining, if overlong, adventure that brings new meaning to the term 'summer camp.'
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 9, 2003
A theme park ride has been successfully transferred to the screen.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 9, 2003
Pirates of the Caribbean tends to overstay its welcome.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 9, 2003
While the plot and action are all deliberately familiar, director Gore Verbinski steers a continual course for sheer, mindless, rope-swinging, crow's-nest-hollering summer fun.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 9, 2003
A pretty fun ride all by itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 9, 2003
The summer's oddest, most unexpected blockbuster has arrived.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 9, 2003
Forget the film and check out [Depp], because there's a superlative to be witnessed here: This has gotta rank among the weirdest performances in the zany annals of the silver screen.
July 9, 2003
A movie that charms the audience and then outstays its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 9, 2003
An exhilaratingly funny movie ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 9, 2003
The movie is better than it deserves to be, given its origins: a ride at Disneyland and Disney World.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 9, 2003
As forgettable as a bad day in the Disneyland parking lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 9, 2003
Surprisingly dull.
Read More | Original Score: C
July 9, 2003
The most entertaining amusement of a summer divided between spectacles that force you to exercise your brain and spectacles that seem to suck the brain right out of your head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 9, 2003
Pirates of the Caribbean may have taken its nutso inspiration from a theme-park ride. But it has become, without a doubt, its own wild ride.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 9, 2003
If you're weary of summer movies that play like extended MTV videos, you'll luxuriate in Mr. Verbinski's purely cinematic technique.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 8, 2003
Convoluted but diverting.
July 8, 2003
The picture's constant forward movement and breezy sense of amusement about itself provide a certain mild sort of diversion.
July 8, 2003
Pirates of the Caribbean has a smart script, an attractive cast, some very creative violence and romance to boot.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 8, 2003
Swashbuckling adventures are few and far between these days, so it's a pleasant surprise to see one that is competently made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 8, 2003
Bristling with brash leaps and thrilling spills, Pirates is a stunt fan's heaven.
Read More | Original Score: B
July 8, 2003
One of the few must-see films of this summer.
July 8, 2003
Pirates of the Caribbean is fun -- but only as long as you don't expect much.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 8, 2003
A consistently rousing, funny and thoroughly entertaining summer action movie.
Read More | Original Score: B+
July 4, 2003
This is one time when a cartoon approach in live action is exactly right: The movie's flamboyant personalities and tongue-in-cheek action push the envelope of high camp without ever succumbing to sheer silliness.
June 17, 2003
The picture moves so swiftly in its first hour that one wonders if the energy can be sustained. But the crew has more surprises in store.