“"Just As Good As The First."”
“The Second Tale Of Captain Jack Sparrow Is Another Epic Adventure!”
“Whomsoever Possesses Davy Jones's Heart Within, Threatening To Stab Its Pulse May Dominate Him By Extortion And Thus The Ocean Realms.”
“One Of The Few Examples In Cinema Where The Sequel Turns Out Just As Great As The First..”
“The Empire Strikes Back Of The Pirates Trilogy, Gore Verbinski Exceeded Everything About The First Film For A More Epic And Complex Adventure.”
“A Step Down From 'Curse Of The Black Pearl' But Not Too Much”
“"So Tell Me, Do You Fear Death"”
“"I Got A Jar Of Dirt, I Got A Jar Of Dirt, And Guess What's Inside It!"”
“"I'm Listening...I'm Listening Intently." Lord Cutler Beckett”
“Yep! I'm Good With It!"”
“I Want My Dirt!!!!!”
“" Best Pirate Movie Eva"”
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“Fun-filled, Action Packed, Thrilling Summer Flick.”
“Quite An Adventure”
“"I've Got A Jar Of Dirt, I've Got A Jar Of Dirt...." ”
“Disney's Pirates Of The Caribbean Series Is Quickly Making Its Name As The Premiere Action/adventure Flick. Say Hello To The Indiana Jones Of A New Generation.”
“Yo, Ho, Yo, Ho, The Pirate Life Is Definitely For Me!! Bigger And Badder Than The Original! Great Special Effects, Great Action! Johnny Depp Is Excellent In His Return As Captain Jack Sparrow! An Absoute Must-see!”
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
A bustling sequel that outperforms its predecessor as a special-effects extravaganza but one that can't match the feeling of discovery that came with the original.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
The problem with the Pirates films, and with this one more than the first, is that there's not a genuine moment in them -- no point of human contact...they're baldly concocted, confected, engineered.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
This chest is overfilled with exposition and physical comedy, without a doubloon's worth of the scary suspense that made the laughs in the first one such brilliant comic relief.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Here's the movie to put the giddy back in the giddy-ap of summer.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
'Complications arose, ensued, were overcome,' Jack says at one point. Not entirely, but Dead Man's Chest is worth weighing anchor for, regardless.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Calling a summer movie 'action-packed' is supposed to be a compliment, but there's nothing so tedious as nonstop excitement.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Without a beating heart at its center, this Chest feels empty indeed.
Dana Stevens - Slate
In essence, Dead Man's Chest gives us an opportunity to join old friends on a new adventure that isn't substantially different from the old one.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
This production is a vast, expensive, sprawling affair that never feels out of control thanks to Verbinski's assured direction.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Even more cartoonish than the original film from 2003 -- a difficult feat to achieve -- this second installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, often feels like a live-action version of a Road Runner-Wile E. Coyote extravaganza.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
In every other way -- as adventure yarn or as satire on that form or merely as an enjoyable entertainment featuring a wonderfully sly and subtle actor -- it is not merely a loser. It is a disaster.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
It's the triumphant rogue in Depp that keeps this pirate ship afloat and actually makes the third voyage (coming next summer) a trip worth booking.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Like Jack's heart, Dead Man's Chest is unsure of what it wants, so it takes the omnivorous approach, and all of the story lines suffer for it.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
An action-packed but too-long flick for kids 12+.
Jane Boursaw - Common Sense Media
The kind of sensory bombardment that replicates less a Disney theme-park ride than an extended stay at a Guantanamo base cell
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Comfortably in the middle ground. It's not as bad as I've heard it described by many, yet, it's far from any resemblance to the masterpiece audiences have described it as.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Overblown to the point of monotony, the second installment in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise is a prime example of too much money and not enough story.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
It's a pretty joyless ride, even with all the CGI wizardry a quarter of a billion bucks can buy.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
[This sequel] takes what worked the first time and redoes it only bigger and louder - in the process losing all the charm that made the first film so much fun.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
a good sequel
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
A patchy and overlong sequel but still full of humour and top-notch action.
Ian Winterton - Film4
This movie is the very definition of water torture.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
As you'd expect from a sequel, everything that made the original interesting is amplified to within an inch of its life.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
I had a ball watching the film as it careened from set piece to set piece, whether it be a chase scene, a sword fight or a battle on the seas.
Ted Murphy - Murphy's Movie Reviews
Surpasses its predecessor in making entertainment out of nonsense.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Dead Man's Chest is simply something we've been missing most of this entire summer - a film that's truly alive.
Brian Tallerico - UGO
No doubt will end up one of the most popular and successful sequels in cinema history, but like the small act that grows too big too soon, the initial enchantment has faded.
Rex Roberts - Film Journal International
Just because you can do something does not mean you have to. Long and noisy is not enough.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis