New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It's too long, unnecessarily complicated and often silly, but Gore Verbinski's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is still the purest popcorn entertainment of the summer.
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Chicago Tribune

Two of the big action set-pieces easily outdo anything from the previous edition.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Lively is an odd word for something called Dead Man's Chest, but lively it is. You won't find hotter action, wilder thrills or loopier laughs this summer.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It does deliver a combustible combination of ingredients for a summer blockbuster: a cornucopia of action and dazzling effects, some raucous humor and a large dose of Depp's winning charm.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Depp is the comic gel that holds the whole enterprise together. The performance is a total delight that somehow combines Bugs Bunny, Peter Pan and Charlie Chaplin.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The cast is entertaining, though with an asterisk, and the special effects are often spectacular, though sometimes not.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A long, tedious and convoluted follow-up to 2003's rollicking high-seas hit, The Curse of the Black Pearl, this second installment in the promised trilogy lacks the swash and buckle of the original. And then some.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A noisy and lazy stopgap movie that goes absolutely nowhere and takes 2 1/2 hours to get there.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Yes indeed, Pirates 2.0 is a theme ride, if by ride you mean a hellish contraption into which a ticket holder is strapped, overstimulated but unsatisfied, and unable to disengage until the operator releases the restraining harness.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
More than the usual bad or even numbingly horrible movie. It's an amalgam of many of the modern cinema's worst tendencies and modern filmmaking's most unfortunate misconceptions.
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53 out of 100
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