Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Reviews

  • 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.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Although there are memorable bits and pieces, the new Pirates of the Caribbean is a movie with no particular interest in coherence, economy or feeling.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Lumpen direction, lousy writing and pouting performances aside, the worst thing about Dead Man's Chest is its interminable length.

    Mark Kermode — Guardian [UK]

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • This Disney movie isn't a follow-up to the first Pirates of the Caribbean so much as its empty-calorie clone.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • The dreaded curse of the sequels hits home with a vengeance in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, a noisy and lazy stopgap movie that goes absolutely nowhere and takes 2 1/2 hours to get there.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is even more of a party-hearty-Marty potlatch of silliness than its predecessor.

    Michael Atkinson — Village Voice

  • 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.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • All of it evidently based on another notion, that great length equals great importance.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • It's often unclear what's going on, beyond a zillion dollars of splashy effects washing over the screen.

    Bruce Westbrook — Houston Chronicle

  • Mr. Verbinski is an extremely skilled traffic director.

    Philip Wuntch — Dallas Morning News

  • The second Pirates of the Caribbean movie is a sweet umbrella drink leaving no hangover, two hours and 20 minutes of escapism that once again makes the movies safe for guilt-free fun.

    Michael Booth — Denver Post

  • The director, Gore Verbinski, has grown more adept at Spielberg-style action, in which the fun is as much in the elegance of the staging as the stunts.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • The new plot has all the appeal of a seaweed sandwich, being dark, salty, and indigestible.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • This second film is pretty much all thrills, special effects and nonstop action -- but with virtually no cohesive or compelling story line.

    Bill Zwecker — Chicago Sun-Times

  • This is the most satisfying big-screen excuse for overpriced popcorn so far this summer.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • I was worn down by the excess.

    Jonathan Rosenbaum — Chicago Reader

  • The Curse of the Black Pearl, this second installment in the promised trilogy (Parts 2 & 3 were shot concurrently) lacks the swash and buckle of the original. And then some.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • At two hours and 30 minutes, the story has its repetitive and wearisome passages, and the plot emerges only to bog things down, but for most of its length it positively dances with gusto.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Yes, it's brightly colored carnival fun. But this ride, in the end, only goes round and round and round. Which is ultimately more ho-hum than ho-ho-ho.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

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