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
Two and a half hours of cinematic slog.
Stuart Klawans - Nation
Stuart Klawans - The Nation
Yes. Johnny Depp is again hilarious as Capt. Jack Sparrow. Yes. Keira Knightley is fetching in period duds. And, yes, Orlando Bloom is in fine swashbuckling form.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
An empty vessel... bloated beyond all recognition, and [evidencing] absolutely no flow or consistency -- there's nary a human heartbeat here in its two-and-a-half-hour-plus running time.
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
In spite of its small shortcomings, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest deserves praise for being an old-fashioned popcorn movie that knows how to entertain.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
Dead Man on arrival.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
It's a bloated, unstructured, overly long conquest of style over substance. Yet it can't be faulted for its effort to give its fans a booty of eye-candy, dashing action sequences, and enough tongue-in-cheek humor to make even cynics smile.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Fantasia desbordante que saciara los apetitos visuales mas exigentes.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
I'd give a much stronger recommendation for going back and watching "Curse of the Black Pearl" again.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Ahoy, no ending off the port bow.
Michael Clawson - West Valley View
A complete let down after an amazing predecessor.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Still a lot of fun, has lots of action and adds some depth to the overall story, but it's also bloated and ends far too suddenly.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
A rollicking ride that keeps the audience coming back for more.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Just think of Dead Man's Chest as a double feature without a break in the middle and hope that your theater seat is plenty comfortable.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
It's all a bit much, yes, a bit exhausting, that's true, but then why on Earth would anyone expect otherwise?
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Bereft of both joy and humor, it's dark and dank with unappealing cinematography and sets.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Es el mejor ejemplo de lo que debe ser el cine de verano: Divertido, espectacular y entranable al mismo tiempo. Junto con Superman Regresa, es de esos trabajos que nos recuerdan que el cine es, y debe seguir siendo, una fabrica de suenos.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
It's every bit as terrific as the inaugural film, occasionally surpassing it with mind-boggling, spectacularly choreographed action set pieces.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Yo Ho Hum
Thomas Peyser - Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Pirates 2 is everything we prayed to God it wouldn't be: dull, humorless, long, languid, effects-driven, boorish, and yawn-inducing. Other than that it's excellent!
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Apesar de claramente motivada por interesses financeiros, esta continuacao e uma aventura deliciosamente divertida que faz jus ao original.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
It seems like half a movie that is twice as long as a normal movie.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
This is strictly popcorn fare, only this time around the popcorn has grown a little stale.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Much more than the last film, this one returns to the franchise origins as an amusement park ride. This time this film is darker--both literally and figuratively.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Verbinski's pacing of action appears to use every available take of cannons firing and pirates being thrown around deck, until any attempted tension is nullified by boredom.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Bottles of rum are everywhere, but the ho-ho-hos are in short supply in Gore Verbinski's second voyage.
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
Scott A. Mantz - Entertainment Insiders
Usually, when it comes to movies, I prefer a less-is-more approach. But sometimes more really is more.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
The repetitive quests are cut short only by the cliffhanger non-ending...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
...the pace is better, the action is not flooding the screen every two seconds, and characters seem more like evolved concepts rather than background distractions.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
It doesn't have the freshness of the original ... but it's certainly better than it had any right to be.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Perhaps downing a bottle of rum while watching the movie would improve its story line.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
'Pirates' is a rollicking good time ---
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Depp is again the focal point of the film, filling every scene with wry humor and his accomplished sense of comic timing.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
It may not be surprising, but it's something as good or better, because it's right and it's what we want.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
There is more of everything in the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie: more spectacle; more exotic locales; more convoluted story contrivances.
Bill Gibron - DVD Verdict
... Made me want to walk the plank, if only to escape Depp's soggy schtick and the sloppy storyline pirated from pirate lore.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
In the first film, Depp had fun chewing on the scenery. In this one, the scenery swallows him up and eats him raw.
Uri Lessing - eFilmCritic.com
Almost the exact same review as the first: A lot of fun, but could use some trimming.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
This time around, Captain Jack won't get you high tonight or take you to your special island.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow proves that an actor's awesome talent can make incredible special effects and funny action sequences pale in comparison.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Easily the best studio confection of the year... kicking ***, taking names, and reminding us all of the joy that going to a big summer movie is supposed to inspire in us.
David Poland - Movie City News
'Arrr,' asked Davy Jones, 'Why would ye want to be searchin' fer a dead man's chest when Keira Knightly's be close at hand?'
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Perhaps realizing that a 14-minute theme-park ride can provide only so much story fodder, returning director Gore Verbinski merely ramps everything to a higher level, right down to Depp's signature saunter.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
What "Dead Man's Chest" lacks in originality compared to its predecessor is compensated for by sheer, masterfully executed excess.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
a bladder-buster, but it's exciting enough that most audiences won't mind the over-stuffed running time.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Sitting through this for 151 minutes gave me a glimpse of what eternity might be like in hell.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Jack's fondness for wrist bangles and hair doodads makes him infinitely more interesting than the action franchise in which he's packaged.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Depp is disappointing and reminiscent of the Roadrunner, dashing around until somebody actually or figuratively bops him on the head. Perhaps he's looking for a script.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
It sets out to do one thing: entertain. And entertain it does, quite well, actually, when it's not bogged down by an over-complex story with some serious pacing issues.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
This film is a true joy.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
The best that can be said for this trilogy middler is that its waterlogged bad guys are an altogether better bunch of special effects than their ghostly predecessors.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It ought to sink from the weight of the cargo, but it's buoyed by another high-wire performance from Depp.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
[Depp's] a character audiences will follow anywhere -- even if it means plowing through the occasionally rough seas Dead Man's Chest navigates.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Despite its glossy look and masterful special effects, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is a bad movie. Fans deserve better.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
This is one of those films that you absolutely must experience in the theater, as it is just that much fun.
Neil Miller - Film School Rejects
I'll admit that the film is intermittently amusing, but it also reeks of the dreaded "bigger, louder, more" syndrome that has undone many a sequel.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Climb aboard and have fun, by all means. But don't be surprised if you feel a little marooned when it's over.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Shorter title, more supernatural and swashbuckling fun.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Like the first film, Dead Man's Chest is very much a showpiece for Johnny Depp.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
You can't beat on Dead Man's Chest on value-for-money terms, but it's like an all-you-can-eat buffet -- everything's tasty, the surfeit is sickening.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
An overstuffed and immensely tedious comedy that sinks early in its voyage.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Spending time with this motley crew is probably the best reason there is to set sail for a multiplex all summer.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
You might well need a bottle of rum to get through that two-and-a-half hour running time.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Depp is clearly having so much fun, it would be churlish not to join him.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
Takes the slapstick swashbuckling to a completely new level, evoking the ingenuity of a Buster Keaton or Jackie Chan set piece, crossed with the Rube Goldberg logic of a Chuck Jones cartoon.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is a pirate movie worthy of its, uhhh, salt. Ahoy, mateys! Arrr.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Dead Man's Chest suffers from the sequel curse.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Call me old-fashioned, but any movie that lasts two and one half hours should have an ending.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
They really stepped up their game for this one.
Dave White - Movies.com
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
never manages to capture the same excitement, charm and fun of its predecessor.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
As the pirates say... AAAARRRRGGGHH!
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The movie is non-stop fun even though it's got an unfinished feel to it (so stay tuned for part 3).
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
At more than two-and-a-half hours, this second installment veers toward overkill
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Boasts the summer's best effect so far
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
For the most part, Dead Man's Chest stands on its own and even makes a few halfhearted attempts to say something.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
If I have to watch one more pirate shriek in horror at a giant yet imaginary tentacle waving in his face, I'll drive a fork into my wooden leg.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Director Gore Verbinski manages to pull all these story elements together and smoothly shifts gears as the story blends dark fantasy, goofy humor and melodrama (including a love triangle of sorts).
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
More fun than the cantina scene from Star Wars, Davy Jones and his barnacle-encrusted crew alone make this a must see!
John Venable - Supercala.com
Shiver me timbers, director Gore Verbinski once again displays a remarkable talent for generating fresh and amusing adventures that are far better than we should expect when a movie gets its inspiration from an amusement park ride.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Sailors' delight. But also take warning, the cliffhanger storyline could prompt you to walk the plank, if you're not patient enough to wait until 2007.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
I'll reserve judgment on the entire series until the release of At World's End next year, but for now, Dead Man's Chest is a step backwards.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Engaging and then wearisome, Dead Man's Chest piles on the action scenes while displaying a striking lack of imagination.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
A blockbuster worth watching for the flair with which the cast plunge into the action.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
It's mostly a moody thing, awash with dark and gruesome hues, possessed of a lost and aching spirit. Yay that!
Gregory Weinkauf - UberCine
It's as if seven Vice Presidents of Production sat in a boardroom for three days straight, without food or water, and finally their collective genius, poring over reams of test screening data, resoundingly declared with one voice, "WE NEED MORE RUM JOKES
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
The filmmakers have done a wonderful thing here. They've expanded the story in vastly entertaining ways, conjuring up sights we've never seen onscreen before, and they've clearly had a lot of fun doing so.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Two hours into this 150-minute behemoth, the worst fears of most moviegoers are confirmed. It's essentially a teaser for the next Pirates flick.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
takes all that was so charming about the first Pirates...and amps it up to the wattage of a Looney Tunes cartoon
Jay Antani - Los Angeles Alternative
...suffers from a sort of middle child syndrome.
Eric Melin - Lawrence.com
I think I could have had more fun at Disneyland waiting on long lines with noisy uncontrollable tykes running all around me.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
As if to mock the film's all-trappings, no-sense agenda, Depp's Sparrow gets off the film's sole sign of verbal wit: 'Look! An undead monkey!'
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
What's most surprising about this sequel ... is how much more serious it feels.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
It's a franchise movie -- a product -- that is pretending to be a lot hipper than it is.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
A classic "middle" film that delivers as much excitement and ingenuity you could hope for to outclass hundreds of summer popcorn fare.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
[T]he charming cast carries us through the first awkward act until, suddenly, at around the 45-minute mark, everything suddenly snaps into focus, and by God, it becomes The Empire Strikes Back.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
A coulda-been classic ends up feeling variously like a particularly undisciplined director's cut and (shudder!) a Jerry Bruckheimer picture.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
The pace is grueling...as the many sword fighting sequences clang on and on. Even battling gigantic tentacles becomes a yawner after the 45th pirate is squeezed.
Steve Crum - Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
It gives the audience what it wants, but this time the attitude feels deflated, and the end product lacks a good sense of rum-drunk playfulness.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Devilishly extravagant, joyfully escapist, fun-filled, buccaneer thrill ride
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
It feels like they are making it up as they go along.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
When you find out at the end that what you've just seen is merely the overture to yet another sequel, you can't help wondering what more can be extracted from this franchise. Gold, me hearties, more gold!
Gene Seymour - Newsday
Too long, and too wrapped up in its various plot contrivances to notice it's veering off course. But Jack just about pulls the wheel back, aided by Verbinski's flair for cartoonish comedy action.
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is the worst kind of sequel -- the kind that exists only to give you more-more-more of what you liked the first time around, without ever justifying its own existence.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
This installment in the trilogy feels more like filler between the first and the last episodes, and with no obvious story to tell, it remains mired in the horse latitudes of whimsy.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
So gather ye a ration and a bottle of rum - or a soda and popcorn, if that be more convenient - and drop anchor with this summer treasure. Aye-aye!
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
It has its moments, [but] don't confuse this mess with good filmmaking, even by the admittedly low standards set for the summer blockbuster.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
That's how these movies make me feel: a little dazzled and amused, but not in any kind of special or memorable way.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A century after Charlie Chaplin triumphed as The Little Tramp, Johnny Depp galavants across the same general territory with his own variation, The Little Scamp.
Richard Horgan - FilmStew.com
The whole thing just sits there on the screen, trying to win us over with relentlessness and ending up dangerously close to boring.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
The loaded-to-the-gills carnival ride, the second in what's shaping up to be a wildly successful trilogy, is almost as good as the first voyage.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
Good things to look at. Not much else, but do you care?
Luke Y. Thompson - LYTRules.com
When it comes to sequel-making, Verbinski is a follower of the 'bigger, louder, longer' school of thought... Whether or not viewers will head home feeling entirely satisfied is another question.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
When the scenes work and cook, they're the essence of summer moviemaking. They shiver your timbers and make you feel like a kid.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Not quite as good as the first film, but it pulls it all together for a thoroughly enjoyable final act.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A flawless entertainment offering, one as breathtaking as its predecessor... The Pirates franchise is about as much fun as you can possibly have at the movies.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
"Dead Man's Chest," is a swashbuckling good time, though it's somewhat bloated and overlong. Considering the endearing cast, and the exceptional effects, however, these shortcomings are easily forgiven in favour of some truly exciting viewing.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Just when things look dire in Dead Man's Chest, Depp makes like Harry Houdini and gets himself -- and the movie -- out of trouble.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Taking Dead Man's Chest for what it is, half a movie, this is a rollicking half a movie that restores glory to the phrase 'production values.'
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
The filmmakers stuck that mushy stuff on the back burner in favor of more cool things to keep your inner eight-year-old jumping up and down in your seat. Yo ho ho!
Dean Essner - E! Online
In a year when blockbusters have proven disappointing at best, disposable and joyless at worst ... Dead Man's Chest arrives like an emergency delivery of fun.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
As brisk, busy and inconsequential as you would expect from a film based on a Disneyland ride...
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
We get far too little of Depp and far too much of the sober, stagnant Orlando Bloom.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
There was a chance that Depp's oddball act would grow tiresome the second time around but the movie wisely uses him in deliberate dollops. He's the comic-relief clown as de facto star.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
The problem isn't that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is only half a movie, it's that it feels like one -- an elaborate tease that's effectively a feature-length coming attraction for Pirates III.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
By the time it's all over, POTC2 has delivered more toe-tappin' eye-candy than the last three summer movies combined. (So get Kraken!)
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical
It's an amalgam of many of the modern cinema's worst tendencies and modern filmmaking's most unfortunate misconceptions. The film has an epic scale without an epic story, epic characters, epic ideas or epic emotions.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Bloom and Knightley act as if they are going through the motions, ... and even Depp's devil-may-care portrayal of Captain Jack has a calculated quality.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
fathoms in front of its predecessor
Joel Meares - Filmcritic.com
A goofball riff on the pirate-movie genre, this sequel is as insubstantial as popcorn -- and as delicious.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
The first of two sequels shot in immediate succession, Dead Man's Chest bears the unenviable burden of racking the pins for both movies, which leaves it with precious few opportunities to have a little fun of its own.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
The movie is lopsided, sloppy, too long and absolutely irresistible.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Dead Man's Chest is best summed up by the scene where Sparrow and Will battle each other atop a runaway water wheel. Like the characters, this movie is just running in circles.
Ethan Alter - Premiere Magazine
Probably nothing can stop Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest from hitting big. There is also nothing to stop most viewers from feeling fleeced and fatigued.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Rum, monotony and the lash.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Yes, it's too long, but it is still steadfast popcorn summer entertainment.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
More of the same, and more of it...at a bladder-challenging 145 minutes, it's packed to the gills, but never feels rushed or lazy. Lazy? No way. These people are working HARD.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
a riotous, action packed last half hour ... with plot twists that will shock you and change the Pirates world forever!
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A grand-scale train wreck.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
It's like an amusement park excursion where the entry fee is so high you feel compelled to stay until you get a stomachache to get your money's worth.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
The sequel, rather than attempting to contravene expectations, actually trades on them.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
A perfect popcorn pleasure, one of the most sensationally entertaining movies of the year.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
...an unpleasant, distinctly overlong piece of dreck that's certainly a strong contender for worst movie of the year.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Dead Man's Chest has every appearance of an epic adventure, but not the soul of one.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
As the film heaves from one muddily motivated set-piece to the next, McGuffins accruing like barnacles all the while (the sketch! the key! the papers! the chest! the heart!), it takes on the sinking feeling of a vessel adrift, sending out flares.
Ben Walters - Time Out
It gives fans what they want - then more of what they want, and more, and more, until gluttony becomes force-feeding.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
The cliffhanger ending provides some hope that the imminent third film will restore some of what is missing from this one.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
The effects-driven action scenes alone make Dead Man's Chest worth the price of admission. But in other respects, this one too often rings hollow.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Cries of 'Yo ho yo ho' could be replaced with calls for someone to walk the plank after the experience of sitting through this mind-numbing sequel.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
This sequel is appropriately named, because that's what you'll be staring at for nearly half the movie: dead men's chests.
Diana Saenger - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
...the fool thing just keeps going and going... and going. (Does a Pirates sequel really need to be five minutes longer than GoodFellas?) The flick should've felt like a sugary snack, not a hot-dog eating contest.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Slapstick pirates. What happened to gay Jack Sparrow? Depp sells out his most famous character.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Perhaps the magic is gone because Dead Man's Chest sacrifices the unpredictability of the ever-versatile Depp, who never before has done the same thing twice.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
A complicated plot involving a mysterious key and Will's seafood-wearing dad fights for space between relentless action sequences in a film so overloaded that it threatens to capsize.
Paul Arendt - BBC
Watching Depp in The Black Pearl was like discovering a new acting continent. Watching him here is like returning to a warm, familiar place - nice and all, not exciting
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
Great action, more Sparrow... Every bit as entertaining and fun as the original.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
More swordplay, more swashbuckling, more Jack Sparrow. What's not to love?
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
...the ultimate summer action-adventure creature-feature...
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Whilst some pacing issues and a slightly less flippant Depp stop the film from achieving the heights of its predecessor, 'Chest' is still easily the best film of the Summer
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
PotC:DMC is a smorgasbord of frolicking fun, and a visual cornucopia to behold.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
Captain Jack is back and in rare form in this swashbuckling, booty-licious Pirates sequel which more than equals its predecessor.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
[P]acks as many thrills and as much fun into thirty minutes as any of the Indiana Jones films did into their entire running times.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Twice as overstuffed with effects as its predecessor but less than half as entertaining...a sequel so dispiriting it almost makes one ashamed to have liked the first movie.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Dead Man's Chest goes to some very scary places... and few of them are marked on Uncle Walt's brightly colored map.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Though the film tries hard, it feels like it's trying hard.
Dean Essner - Future Movies UK
Though not as fresh or funny as the 2003 original, this sequel is occasionally playful, but seldom inventive or witty.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Pirates of the Caribbean returns to theaters for more summer swashbuckling, only they may have forgotten to buckle their swash.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Yes, there's a massive cliffhanger of an ending. And yes, it leaves us gagging for more.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Even for a sequel, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest takes the practice of double-dipping to extreme depths.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
like a slow boat to China, it takes a very long time to get where it is going and not every moment is thrill-packed, but it's not without some very nice points of interest that make the effort worthwhile
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
As much as we might want to fall madly in love with this adventure, the disappointment is that it makes its pirates' lives seem just that little less attractive.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
Every imaginable pirate fantasy is joyously bundled into a bewitching treasure chest in this action-adventure sequel.
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