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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Following his surprise-hit American remake of The Ring in 2002, director Gore Verbinski took on Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, the second of recent films to be based upon Disney theme-park rides (the first being The Country Bears). When Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), the daughter of Governor Swann (Jonathan Pryce) is kidnapped by a group of pirates led by Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and taken aboard their ship, The Black Pearl, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), the young man who loves Elizabeth despite the fact that she is promised to another, sets out to rescue… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"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."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Rip-roaring fun for kids who don't mind skeletons."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It's just a lot of fun."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The whole feature film is one giant ride -- which considering its origins is perhaps to be expected. ... Depp gives his loosest and looniest performance yet -- and it is spectacular."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"Depp invests this overfed, action-tractioned swashbuckler with a voluptuous wit and spry spontaneity it surely doesn't deserve."
‑ , Time Out
"At, say, 85 minutes, this would have been a jolly little swashbuckler, but at 143 it turns into an unholy trial."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Entertaining, exciting, and engrossing with a genuine feel of adventure along with excellent performances..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"one of the all time greatest adventure flicks"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"Pirates of the Caribbean is exactly what you look for in a summer blockbuster, all while delivering a much-needed overhaul to the classic pirate flicks of the golden years."
‑ Jason Zingale, Bullz-Eye.com
"Buries its treasures -- mainly Johnny Depp in eye shadow and dreads as Captain Jack Sparrow -- in briny clichés."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"An awkward pirate epic that's jampacked with energy, ambition and spectacular effects."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"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."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Oops, there I go again talking about Johnny Depp. Get used to that. He's all you'll remember from the movie."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Depp's highly strange, oddly magnetic, and irresistibly entertaining performance energizes the overextended, two-hour-plus proceedings."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
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