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

A tale of adventure set during the 17th Century in the Caribbean Sea. For the roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow, the crystalline waters of the Caribbean, like the high seas the world over, present a vast playground where adventure… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 28, 2003
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2003
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: May leave you exhausted like the theme park ride that inspired it; however, you'll have a good time when it's over.

David Ansen

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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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.

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Joel Siegel
Good Morning America

It plays long but it all works because everyone has so much fun.

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Time Out

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

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David Edelstein

At, say, 85 minutes, this would have been a jolly little swashbuckler, but at 143 it turns into an unholy trial.

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Sean Axmaker

Less Douglas Fairbanks than an aquatic Artful Dodger gone to seed, he's a high seas con man with a heart of tarnished stolen gold.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Buries its treasures -- mainly Johnny Depp in eye shadow and dreads as Captain Jack Sparrow -- in briny clichés.

Stephanie Zacharek

An awkward pirate epic that's jampacked with energy, ambition and spectacular effects.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of a handful of legitimately bold, original summer tentpoles of the 2000s.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Well who'd of thought a film about a theme park ride would become so huge. A simple theme park attraction that I rode when I was but a wee nipper in Disney… More
xGary Xx
The original story of the now ubiquitous franchise was an abject lesson in how to create a feelgood summer hit. It has no pretensions to being high art; just a… More
KJ Proulx
Nowadays, Disney has pretty much transformed into a Goliath of a studio. From purchasing Star Wars and Marvel to releasing 80 to 90% quality entertainment in… More
Bruce Bruce
Although I had expectations ( from watching the trailers ) that this might be a good movie, I was still surprised that it's as good as it is. The story is… More
Christopher Heim
A fun swashbuckling action/adventure that is helped along by a very well-rounded cast, but the main attraction (outside of the fantastic costumes and set… More
Louis Rogers