Cutthroat Island
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Geena Davis stars in this adventure saga as the most swashbuckling female pirate to ever lay waste to the seven seas. Morgan Adams (Davis) is the daughter of a pirate who has followed in her father's footsteps. When he dies, he passes along his ship, a crew of bandits, and one third of a treasure map (which happens to be tattooed on his skull). Morgan is eager to search out the rest of the map and retrieve the riches, but the fragment she holds is in Latin. Morgan then buys a well-educated slave, William Shaw (Matthew Modine), who can read the ancient language and already has a taste for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What seemed like a dubious proposition on paper plays even more dubiously onscreen, as "Cutthroat Island" strenuously but vainly attempts to revive the thrills of old-fashioned pirate pictures."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"If the sight of half-naked, tattooed sailors firing cannons at each other shivers your timbers, climb aboard. Even passable pirate movies don't sail by every day."
‑ Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today
"Geena Davis brings girl power to the pirate ship."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"So yeah, it's kind of fun. Even if it's not very good."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Strangely devoid of any genuine fun or excitement."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"In this $90m revisionist swashbuckler, we get Geena Davis doing the all-action honours, and a hotchpotch script that seems to think pirate movies are so funny in themselves the need for more humour is superfluous."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"It takes a two-hour act of will to keep facing the screen during this moribund movie."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Hey, are you looking for an exciting movie about pirates of the, well, um, Caribbean? [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A fun popcorn movie."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"The drama is shallow and superficial, but there is a coherent, forward-moving plot, enjoyable characters, numerous, elaborately staged action scenes and wall-to-wall sound. What's not to like? The film never slows down, leaping from one set of perils to"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"t's not possible to believe that Ms. Davis is the highly respected captain of a pirate ship, and it's not even fun to try."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Poorly written, acted, and executed advanture tale of pirates."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Island is a one-of-a-kind, full-steam-ahead practical pirate event, and while it's bolted together with minimal attention to thespian proficiency, it sustains a special rhythm of eye candy and fortitude that makes it an enduring curiosity."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"This pirate movie wannabe should walk the plank."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"A big, cheesy guilty pleasure full of beautiful landscapes and true swashbuckling."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
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