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

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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.
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.
July 31, 2003
Buries its treasures -- mainly Johnny Depp in eye shadow and dreads as Captain Jack Sparrow -- in briny clichs.
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 16, 2003
This is a superb swashbuckler -- rousing, funny and spectacular.
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.
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.
July 10, 2003
An overstated, unashamedly silly summer adventure.
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.
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.
July 9, 2003
Who knew Johnny Depp was a theme park all by himself?
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.
July 9, 2003
A monotonous, repetitive spectacle of endless shipboard sword fights and pirate ghosts in the moonlight.
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