Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003

Critics score:
79 / 100

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Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: 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. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: The summer's oddest, most unexpected blockbuster has arrived. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: This movie is far too long. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: Pirates of the Caribbean is fun -- but only as long as you don't expect much. Read more

Elvis Mitchell, New York Times: The movie is better than it deserves to be, given its origins: a ride at Disneyland and Disney World. Read more

Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: A consistently rousing, funny and thoroughly entertaining summer action movie. Read more

Bill Muller, Arizona Republic: Certainly, Pirates has its moments. But it's definitely no 'E' ticket. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: An exhilaratingly funny movie ride. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: As forgettable as a bad day in the Disneyland parking lot. Read more

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle: Bristling with brash leaps and thrilling spills, Pirates is a stunt fan's heaven. Read more

Paul Clinton (CNN.com), CNN.com: One of the few must-see films of this summer. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: 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

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: 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. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: If you're weary of summer movies that play like extended MTV videos, you'll luxuriate in Mr. Verbinski's purely cinematic technique. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: The booty here is 100 percent fool's gold. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: Pirates of the Caribbean has a smart script, an attractive cast, some very creative violence and romance to boot. Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek: 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. Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News: 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

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: 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. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Swashbuckling adventures are few and far between these days, so it's a pleasant surprise to see one that is competently made. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: A movie that charms the audience and then outstays its welcome. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com: An awkward pirate epic that's jampacked with energy, ambition and spectacular effects. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: A monotonous, repetitive spectacle of endless shipboard sword fights and pirate ghosts in the moonlight. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: At, say, 85 minutes, this would have been a jolly little swashbuckler, but at 143 it turns into an unholy trial. Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune: A pretty fun ride all by itself. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: 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. Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: 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. Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: 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. Read more

Time Out: Depp invests this overfed, action-tractioned swashbuckler with a voluptuous wit and spry spontaneity it surely doesn't deserve. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: 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. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: The picture's constant forward movement and breezy sense of amusement about itself provide a certain mild sort of diversion. Read more

Ed Park, Village Voice: Convoluted but diverting. Read more