Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) crosses paths with a woman from his past (Cruz), and he's not sure if it's love -- or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past. 1.8 out of 5 based on 19 reviews
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

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Genre Action / Adventure
Director Rob Marshall
Cast Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Gemma Ward, Keith Richards, Judi Dench Johnny Depp
Studio Walt Disney UK
Release Date May 2011
Running Time 141 mins
 

Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) crosses paths with a woman from his past (Cruz), and he's not sure if it's love -- or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

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Reviews

The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

There is sometimes a sense that what you are watching is a kaleidoscopic, two-hour-plus trailer.

19/05/2011

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The Sunday Express

Henry Fitzherbert

With fewer characters and greater focus on them than the special effects, the filmmakers, including new-to-the-franchise director Rob Marshall (Chicago), have steadied the sinking ship, even if it’s not the new course some may have hoped for.

22/05/2011

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The Independent on Sunday

Demetrios Matheou

It's 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Voyage to the Bottom of the Barrel'

22/05/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

A shot that follows the endless final credits is virtually a trailer for a fifth film, presumably to be called Pirates of the Caribbean: Plumbing New Depps.

22/05/2011

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

Depp’s routine looks tired, and ... his slurring is now so overindulged that his dialogue gets lost. Penelope Cruz is no easier to hear, being muffled by her Spanish accent, so the mere fact that Ian McShane’s villainous Blackbeard speaks intelligibly is a point in his favour.

22/05/2011

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Screen

Tim Grierson

Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, who appeared in the original trilogy, aren’t around for this instalment, and while it would be inaccurate to say that their presence is missed, the new characters that screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio introduce to the series don’t add much pizzazz.

12/05/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

At once eager to please and blatantly third-rate. It clomps along, doing all the baseline things you expect from it, and nothing besides.

12/05/2011

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The Times

Kevin Maher

It was perhaps inevitable that Johnny Depp would wear out his welcome.

20/05/2011

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Uncut Magazine

Micheal Bonner

It’s alright. But you could probably have more fun with a Pirates Of The Caribbean Lego set.

20/05/2011

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Variety

Andrew Barker

It has nary an original idea and still doesn't make much sense, but it's lost all pretensions that it should, and looks poised to plunder massive worldwide coin.

12/05/2011

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Empire Magazine

Helen O'Hara

Another visit from Cap’n Jack is something devoutly to be wished for, but this fourth outing for Johnny Depp’s still-likable louche can’t recapture the magic of the first, or even match the narrative drive of its immediate predecessors.

20/05/2011

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The Evening Standard

David Sexton

It is truly strange that a film setting out to be pure entertainment, so full of stars and special effects, should be so mortifyingly dull

20/05/2011

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The Financial Times

Antonia Quirk

The primary mistake of the tedious fourth film ... is that Sparrow is brought firmly centre stage. He runs the film and has pages of lines and turns out to have nothing really interesting going on beyond being bananas.

18/05/2011

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The Los Angeles Times

Betsy Sharkey

If not for Capt. Jack Sparrow there would be absolutely no fun to be found in the latest edition of Disney's waterlogged franchise. But Johnny 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.

20/05/2011

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

Yo ho hopeless

20/05/2011

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The New Statesman

Ryan Gilbey

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has precisely the same highs (everything Depp does) and lows (everything else) as its predecessors.

19/05/2011

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The New York Times

A.O. Scott

The insouciant pop spirit has slowly drained out of the “Pirates” juggernaut from one film to the next. It lives on in a few bon mots, and in a spooky, sexy sequence involving mermaids, whose pert, smooth tails are the only memorable piscine digital innovations on display here.

19/05/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

[Disney] will run the numbers from the box-office and ask themselves why they shouldn't go for the fifth. Here's a reason: it has become an unspeakable bore.

20/05/2011

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Time Out

Tom Huddleston

The experience of sitting through this latest flogged cash cow in the already overexposed comedy adventure series feels more like tracking stock figures than watching a piece of family entertainment.

18/05/2011

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