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

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April 18, 2009
Were it not for Johnny Depp's crassly reassured character creation of scoundrel pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, there would be nothing to relish in this overlong and witless waste of celluloid based on a Disneyland ride.
July 14, 2007
Oops, there I go again talking about Johnny Depp. Get used to that. He's all you'll remember from the movie.
July 16, 2005
October 7, 2004
If you think the title is long, wait until you see the movie.
September 20, 2003
It epitomizes exactly the sort of empty professionalism that Spielberg gets wrongly accused of.
September 12, 2003
It turns out to be slow and somewhat dull, as if it's trying to be something other than a good ride.
August 10, 2003
Yo ho ho-hum, the ride was better, and shorter. The two main stars of the film are some fantastic visuals and Johnny Depp's performance (which is the saving grace many times over).
July 31, 2003
Buries its treasures -- mainly Johnny Depp in eye shadow and dreads as Captain Jack Sparrow -- in briny clichs.
July 29, 2003
Not a sunken wreck by any means. At the same time, not quite summer movie treasure.
July 26, 2003
Although aside from the sheer novelty of the pirates, the movie is mediocre.
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
If you've often seen this type of summer fare, you might find this movie tedious
July 16, 2003
July 14, 2003
Same old, same old
July 14, 2003
This movie is far too long.
July 13, 2003
It's not so much the minor flaws as it is the fact that Pirates of the Caribbean just wasn't enough fun for me.
July 11, 2003
Gore Verbinski's direction seems to sway whichever possible way will get the most reaction at any given moment. It's a movie of whim,...[a] hit-or-miss dartboard variety of whatever goes, goes.
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.
July 11, 2003
Isn't so much a pirate movie as it is the idea of a pirate movie.
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