“Pirates Of The Caribbean Is About To Be Destroyed”
“More Adventure And Less Action. Excellent Film.”
“Captain Jack Is Back In A Mediocre Sequel With Less Action And More Adventure.”
“Dear Rob Marshall, Stick To Musicals...”
“Realy Good Family Fun”
“Everything Was Awesome”
“Pretty Good! Although It's Worst The Pirates Movie....”
“Didn't Think Curse Of The Black Pearl Could Be Topped... I Was Wrong!!!”
“I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE IT! :)”
“A Bright Fun Filled Adventure.”
“Was A Great Movie And Funny And Action Packed”
“I'm Sorry Jack, But I Just Didn't Cared For You This Time. Savvy?”
“If It Was Not The Visual Effects, The Beauty Of Penelope Cruz And Barbosa, I Probably Would Have Fallen Asleep Before The End Of The Film”
“You Know That Feeling You Get When You're Watching The Fourth Film In A Franchise, How Has It Come To This?...................... I Don't Have It.”
“Mermaids Vs Pirates!”
“Someone Make A Note Of That Man's Bravery.”
“Better Then "At Worlds End" But Thats Not Saying Much.”
“One Of The Best Pirates YET! , Fun , Bold And Exciting , Stranger Tides Is A Swashbuckling Good Time With Impressive 3D Effects. Its Not As Good As The First. Its Depp's Performance As The Infamous Jack Sparrow That Truly Makes "stranger Tides" A Must See”
“Try And Enjoy Captain Jack Sparrow While You Can With This Two And Half Hour Runtime, Because We Won't Be Seeing Him Again Until 2015.”
“I'm Captain Jack Sparrow. The Original. The Only!”
“You Never Feel Bad For Gore Verbinski, You Feel He Had His Time With This Character Now It Needs To Be Built Upon By Someone Else, This Series Needs To Be More Flourished, So Here Enters Marshal, The Dog! Rob Marshal You Marshalled This Film Well.”
“The Strange Thing With Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Is That It's Equal Parts Sequel And Remake, And Proof There Is No More Magic Left In The Pirates Life.”
“Pirates 4 Is A Shining Example Of Hollywood's Ten Pages And A Bang Theory.”
“Exhausting, Confusing An Repetitious”
“It Looks Like A Bid To Restart The POTC Franchise But It's Sailing Into Shallow Tides”
Pirates 4 is a shining example of Hollywood's ten pages and a bang theory.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
Its one real act of piracy is stealing away your excitement.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Never lives up to - or, for that matter, does anything to deserve - the recent parody tribute offered by Michael Bolton in a "Saturday Night Live" digital short...
A.O. Scott - New York Times
A poorly scripted film has its forked tongue sticking out of both cheeks.
Philip French - Guardian [UK]
Some might find their enthusiasm for the Pirates films sinking. I have to say that mine is still there, just about.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
It's a succession of ever-escalating action sequences and grand settings. At first they're stunning, then they're routine, then they're wearying.
Steve Rose - Guardian [UK]
The more sequels spun off, the clearer it becomes that one movie about these swashbucklers would have sufficed.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
"On Stranger Tides" feels as fresh and bracingly exhilarating as the day Jack Sparrow first swashed his buckle, infusing new reckless energy into a franchise that shows no signs of furling its sails.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
I never thought I'd miss the overstuffed craziness of Verbinski's originals - the squiddly extras, the moments of sheer pop surrealism, the Kraken - but "On Stranger Tides'' is like a familiar house where half the furniture has been sold off.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Jack will no doubt live to prance another day, but from Depp's fey bon mots to a cameoing Keith Richards's scraggly visage, his swashbuckling series is showing its age.
Nick Schager - Village Voice
The new captain is Rob Marshall, who scrapes off a few of the barnacles that clung to the last effort. But he can't avoid the feeling that this adventure has run aground.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
The movie was written by "Pirates" stalwarts Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. They're funny guys, and the script might well be funny too, but it's hard to tell from the metronome rhythms set for the actors by the director, Rob Marshall...
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Dead Man's Chest and At World's End meandered so far off course, and took so long to get there, that almost any Act 4 encore would qualify as a quantum leap forward.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Ian McShane gives Blackbeard as much menace as a goofball romp can handle.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
...at a mere two hours and eight minutes, the fourth and latest installment is the shortest... but by the end one feels as if one has had a full 180-minute meal.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
I've never seen a film in which what was actually onscreen seemed so irrelevant.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
Depp, grimacing, edges in and out of the action and seems irrelevant and bored most of the time.
David Denby - New Yorker
For me, it's too much of a muchness.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Stranger tides? Stranger than what? What's strange, or fresh, about any of the mechanical diversions on offer here?
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer serves up another five-course meal of cinematic fast food, with all the familiar ingredients in exact measurements and just enough flavor to make them palatable.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
There's little if anything here to keep us emotionally invested, and so the pile-it-on mutinies and sword fights and perilous dives off vertiginous cliffs exist just to wow us.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
This episode feels like the fourth film in a trilogy, wheezing along when it should leap, relying on our affection for recurring characters rather than taking us on a bold new journey of discovery.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
It's never quite clear what the relationship between Jack and Angelica is. Sometimes it's love, sometimes it's hate; it probably depended on who was writing the script that day.
Tom Long - Detroit News
The movie is a series of distractions tossed together in the hopes that they will come together in a coherent story. That never really happens.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides serves as a welcome corrective, reviving the fun, feather-light frivolity that any film based on a Disneyland ride ought to exhibit.
Andrew Barker - Variety
Cutlasses flash, music swells, mast sways, critic yawns.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Repetitious, tedious, and pretty much joyless, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" strains to reboot what was up until now a generally fun and always profitable cinematic enterprise.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Pirates 4 struggles to stay afloat but finally sinks under the weight of its computer-rendered fakery, which the addition of 3-D does absolutely nothing to improve.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Remember how fresh and novel Pirates of the Caribbean seemed in 2003? Remember the fun of seeing Johnny Depp's off-the-wall portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow for the first time? It may be It may be hard to think back that far, because the lumbering...
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
Ahoy me hearties, No. 4 is surprisingly not bad.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" injects new vigor into a megabucks franchise and makes for a perfectly acceptable night out.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Except for one moment in the climactic Fountain of Youth scene, I never once thought, wow, what a magical place I'm being invited to visit.
Dana Stevens - Slate
For all his faults, Gore Verbinski at least handled the action with panache. Those movies thrummed with derring-do. This one sinks.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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.
Ray Bennett - Hollywood Reporter
[It] is the shortest in the series. But it still feels overlong and overstuffed: needlessly convoluted yet, at the same time, phoned-in.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Marshall deserves props for putting the "show" back into the Pirates business. But face it, he's polishing a giant turd.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The franchise is getting tired, but Penelope energizes it...
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Depp, back again as the swashbuckling miscreant who favors guy-liner and gold, somehow manages to keep this ship of fools afloat. But just barely.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Great production design and a couple well done action scenes make this one somewhat enjoyable.
Jeff Beck - We Got This Covered
Competent, but joyless.
Roger Moore - Movie Nation
There is fun to be had and it's exciting (for a moment) to see Captain Jack Sparrow on the big screen again but the overall production suffers from franchise burnout.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
The action ... ranges from fun swashbuckling, to tedious parrying, to outright terribly edited, CGI funk that completely defies any kind of physical presence.
Matt Looker - TheShiznit.co.uk
"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" is not really a bad film, it's more so a disappointing and forgettable one
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
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Leonard Maltin - ReelzChannel.com
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
... continues not only the tale of (the Sparrow and Barbossa) rivalry but also why (and how well) they ever worked together to begin with.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
By the end of the film you get the feeling that Depp himself is wondering just how much longer he can fake the funk for a paycheck.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Captain Jack Sparrow is running on fumes in this enjoyable, but middling, forgettable sequel.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
It's not as bad as everyone says. It's just missing the playfulness of the first two films.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
If it had been cut to about 90 minutes, this could have been a bright and breezy adventure that zipped along at a cracking pace. As it is, it's a rather bloated actioner that has one or two great moments.
Laurence Boyce - The Baltic Times
You know the old saying 'less is more?' I present to you exhibit A: 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.'
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Continues to steer the same course as its predecessor sequels, focusing on convoluted storylines that zap all the fun and energy that made the first film so great.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
An unsteady plot and mostly juvenile humor take over for much of the film's 137 minutes, which though blessedly shorter than installments two and three still feels a little long.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Director Rob Marshall stages slapstick like dance choreography and action like a theme park ride. Which I guess is appropriate...
Sean Axmaker - MSN.com
After four movies, Pirates is beginning to feel a bit like a soggy, waterlogged plank that's been afloat in the salty sea a bit too long.
Neil Pond - American Profile
Saying that less is more with reference to a film that vomits so much over its audience is absurd yet oddly appropriate here.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides suffers from an extraordinary lack of imagination, something that cannot be said of its predecessors, convoluted and impenetrable though they may have certainly been.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Disney-sanitizer wafts through--there are few bloody, mercenary moments. Some action sequences are cartoonish. And for such a talky picture, the dialogue's not charged enough.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
This is a darker, more soulful entry with some fun set pieces. But it's definitely wearying and no amount of candle-lit exposition can make a slight plot interesting. Time to lay anchor for good?
Andrew Hedley - Flicks.co.nz
Fourth Pirates Loses Map to Plot...
James Verniere - Boston Herald
As far as franchise films go, this one is better than the previous two. On its own, the film still lacks depth, but is at least entertaining.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Pirates 4 a worthy adventure.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
This is junk that will only excite the least demanding audiences... and kids too young to follow storyline
David Poland - Movie City News
This installment is better than the last two, in the way that a broken leg is better than a punctured lung.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
The mermaid attack is a worthy blockbuster spectacle but Johnny Depp's once intoxicating originality has all but evaporated; it's more of the tired same.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
An early sequence in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides showcases its best idea: two Captain Jack Sparrows.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
It all goes on and on, and becomes excessively complicated without becoming clever, and there's a real sense of arrogant laziness about the whole production.
Burl Burlingame - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Welcome to the fourth installment of "Avast and the Furious."
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
It's not the summer's must-see movie, but it's a fun welcome return to form for a series that proves there are still some exciting escapades of Jack Sparrow yet to be told.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
This latest chapter isn't sharp enough to restore the sense of discovery that made that 1st outing so exciting, but it's enough to make up for most of the missteps of the darn arrgh-inducing third one.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
'Aye,' said one scurvy swab, 'Did ye notice that Penelope is dressed like she be commanding the S.S. El Torito?'
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
One of the most exciting sequences in the 'Pirates' franchise features a spectacular pirates/mermaid clash that makes 'On Stranger Tides' something special.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Does pretty much what it sets out to do -- play up and on those things that have worked in the previous films. It's a lot like one of the later Crosby-Hope 'Road' Pictures.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
This film, despite its dazzling special effects, is devoid of originality, character and human values. It is the very embodiment of what is wrong with popular entertainment.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
You need two chalices, one with a mermaid's tear in it, which is the one that allows you to drain the years from OH CAN WE JUST SEE PENELOPE CRUZ'S BOOBS ALREADY?.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
It fails to completely recapture the magic.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
Johnny Depp is always fun to spend time with, but Pirates 4 is Yo ho ho-hum.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
PIRATES of the Caribbean 4 is a welcome return to the fun and frivolous form of the original.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
A total bore, without a memorable action sequence, the film miscalculates from the start...
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
Navigation is slow and predictable. The ending is confused and contrived. Not enough working here to keep Depp and Company from walking the plank. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
feels largely unnecessary, especially in the way it forces us to realize that Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow, who was such a refreshing breath of subversive air back in 2003, is starting to wear a little thin.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Harpoon it; run it through with a saber; let a vampire mermaid take a bite out of it - but please put this franchise (and us) out of its misery.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
At least On Stranger Tides aspires towards coherence.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
Pretty good for the first 45 minutes.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
Doesn't really have any kind of personality or identity on its own. It's just "the fourth Pirates movie".
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Jack Sparrow is forced into this long-winded story, and never given a real reason to be on this so-called adventure.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Rob Marshall should walk the plank.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Sadly it's just as dull, convoluted and needlessly extended as the first two sequels were.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
I don't know who to blame for such an awful looking movie - the Director or Cinematographer. If I have to spend 2 1/2 hours in this world, can they at least make it watchable?"
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Bears little relationship to the spry, hilarious blockbuster that spawned it. It's a dead-eyed corporate facsimile.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Captain Jack's roots aren't the only thing that's gone nappy; the 137 minutes of so-so swashbuckling and tired Tarzan-eque rope swinging packs the punch of Tylenol PM and coconut rum.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Depp retains his charm as Jack Sparrow, but the movie is too long and sloppy
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
The laughs are few and far between, some bad CG effects mar the better sequences, Depp's performance doesn't have the lustre it once had, and the movie's plot doesn't so much defy logic as tie it up and make it walk the plank.
Matt Neal - The Standard
The series has simply run out of steam. Though better than its predecessor, this chapter owes everything to the Herculean strength of Johnny Depp's charm and the presence of Geoffrey Rush and Ian McShane.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Johnny Depp's alcoholic, asexual, speech-slurring sea captain, flat 3D that darkens the picture considerably, and nonsensical stories are surely passe by now.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
This ship has sailed, wrecked and sunk right into a Hollywood abyss of nonsense.
Clay Cane - BET.com
If the first two sequels were fairly agreeable examples of popcorn fare, then Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides represents the grimace-inducing alternative: the unpopped kernel that just sits there, bereft of almost all value.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing