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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Captain Jack Sparrow is back in excellent form for his fourth adventure in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which is more serious in the hands of a new director, Rob Marshall, and thanks to Penelope Cruz it's also a good deal sexier.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Frankly, the wow factor isn't that great.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
To press the point, there is absolutely no need for a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Marshall deserves props for putting the "show" back into the Pirates business. But face it, he's polishing a giant turd.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
On Stranger Tides isn't nearly strange enough. Its one real act of piracy is stealing away your excitement.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Here's how it goes down: 4 is better than 3, about the same as 2 and worse than 1.
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By Bob Mondello
Small kids won't really appreciate Johnny Depp, either, though frankly he's getting to be less fun as the series ages, possibly realizing that what's riskiest in Pirates 4 isn't walking the plank, but jumping the shark.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Despite Sparrow's ongoing flashes of charm, Depp himself seems to know he's coasting.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The IMAX print I saw was so murky as to make you give thanks for the few scenes shot in simple sunlight, the 3-D wasn't worth the bother, and never before have I wanted to chloroform an entire orchestra.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This isn't absurdity. This is nonsense - and it's as boring as nonsense.
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45 out of 100
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