88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The most visually spectacular, action-packed and surreal of the adventures of Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
More than ever, Depp masterfully keeps the enterprise afloat, even when the sheer weight of all those other characters threatens to throw it off-course.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A sumptuous feast for the eyes and an occasionally exhilarating stimulant to the heart. But beware my hearty: It will tie your rum-soaked brain in knots.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
You can bet your parrot "Pirates" will be back, even if "At World's End" hasn't the foggiest idea when to quit.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Ultimately the voyage is so choppy and long (2 hours, 48 minutes) that into the third hour I found myself yawning, "Yo-ho-hum and a very sore bum."
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The good news first: Keith Richards totally rocks it playing pirate daddy to Johnny Depp's Capt. Jack Sparrow. The deep rumble of his voice and those hooded eyes that narrowly open like the creaky gates of hell make him what the rest of this three-peat is not: authentically scary...So what's the bad news? Richards is onscreen for barely two minutes.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Knightley's Elizabeth becomes a pirate captain this time. You know a franchise has run its course when it has a buccaneer heroine who looks as if she'd hate to get her face smudged.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A ponderous pirate saga, 168 minutes long, with more doldrums than "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." Those doldrums are relieved from time to time by spectacular effects.
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The pirate ship has hit foul waters, and even the sharp wit and charm of everyone's favorite buccaneer can't save it.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Has no narrative throughline, no emotional spine. It's a mess.
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50 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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