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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Depp swans through this swashbuckler with a scene-stealing gusto unseen since Marlon Brando in "Mutiny on the Bounty." He's comic dynamite, but this plodding, repetitive bore should walk the plank for timidly refusing to light his fuse. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Eventually the concept buckles under the heavy blockbuster treatment, becoming a monotonous, repetitive spectacle of endless shipboard sword fights and pirate ghosts in the moonlight. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Finally, there's a big-budget popcorn movie that delivers what moviegoers hunger for: humor, action, thrills and charismatic characters. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is the summer blockbuster we've been waiting for. show more

  • 50
    Wall Street Journal

    Without Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush, who play two rival pirate captains, "Pirates" might have gone straight to video. The two are a pleasure to watch, rescuing an otherwise forgettable film. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    An improbably entertaining, if overlong, adventure that brings new meaning to the term "summer camp." Doubloons! Ripped bodices! Unbuckled swash! Rum galore! show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Letting any other actor run wild like this could have been a disaster, but Depp's peculiar buccaneer is an instant classic of actorly charisma. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The large cast, costumed and made up as filthy scalawags and sinister buccaneers, gives tremendous energy to every scene. show more

  • 88
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    A first-rate sail into Adventureland. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It's a good thing that Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Depp are on hand to jack up the acting department. Their characters, two world-class goofballs, keep us interested even during entirely pointless swordfights. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    A rollicking, jumbo-sized swashbuckler, awash in sword fights, cursed treasures, plank walkings and hurtling cannonballs. This stylish, rousing movie has been directed with refreshing levity and wit. show more

  • February 05, 2012 Dry Master
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    Great action film. The story is good and the sets are realistic. But, the skeletons and stabs are grusome and cheesy. It was pleasing but the sequels were better in a way.

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