Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides


In their fourth adventure, Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) embark on a quest to find the elusive Fountain of Youth. Also stars Penelope Cruz, Gemma Ward and Judi Dench.... More

Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past, Angelica (Cruz) - but is this love or is she a con artist using him to find the Fountain of Youth for herself? When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the formidable Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack's thrust into an adventure in which he doesn't know who to fear more: the pirate or the woman?

Based on the pirate novel On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers and the first in the Disney series not to be directed by Gore Verbinski. This time it's Rob Marshall (Nine, Chicago) at the helm.Hide

Flicks Review

Part four of the Pirates franchise spends a little too long idling in the doldrums but excursions into fresh waters keep this latest installment afloat. Watch out though, that hull is springing leaks and it’s unlikely she’ll last any further voyages. Much like a trans-Atlantic crossing, you’d better be sure you’re up to the lengthy challenge before ye board this wooden vessel. ... More

The good: part four has lost the incessant pouting of Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom; there’s an awesomely spooky sequence where some nasty mermaids move in for the kill; there’s Blackbeard’s fearsome black magic; there’s some very nifty action, lavish production design (director Rob Marshall has a background in musical theatre) and the effects are all top notch. And Geoffrey Rush has a peg leg.

The not so good: 130 minutes is too long for a pirate movie; Ian McShane is surprisingly underpowered as the villain; Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack is just along for the ride without much to do; the film lacks both the narrative drive and freshness of the first. Benefiting from the decision to begin anew after the existing trilogy is a good idea.

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?Hide

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BY morgana1972 superstar

If the movie came out a year after the last one "Pirates Of The Caribbean - At World's End (2007)". Then maybe it would have been a MUST Watch.... 4 years too late. Captain Jack has left the building.

I wasnt expecting much from what I heard about it but i really enjoyed the movie more than some of the previous. i am an orlando bloom fan so thought I would miss him but no it worked well with penelope cruz. I look forward to see what they can do with the next two movies.

with all the reviews I had read i wasnt expecting much but was pleasently surprised & i really enjoyed it. the addition of penelope cruz worked. can't wait for the next 2 to see what they can do. bring it on

BY RGoh lister

blackberd was blackberd, a pirate of all pirates fear is put to the test in pirates of the caribbean on strangers tides. It had some great effect when it came to the mermaids.

BY Gerd superstar

And by fare not as good as the original. Save your money!

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The Press Reviews

33% of critics recommend.
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  • For me, it's too much of a muchness. Full Review

  • This is stodgy direction, without any flourish or swagger, in the service of a film with nothing on its mind but pulling in the most money for the least expended effort. Full Review

  • An overly complicated plot and poorly thought-out characters detract from the flashes of charm that Cap'n Jack still emits. Despite quality set-pieces and the best efforts of the cast, this is dull and crossbones. Full Review

  • A poorly scripted film has its forked tongue sticking out of both cheeks. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

  • It is by far the least strange of all the "Pirates" episodes so far, with none of the cartoonish exuberance or creepy-crawly effects that made its predecessors intermittently delightful. Full Review

  • Not as incomprehensible, or interminable as At World’s End, but no amount of flash and filigree can conceal a disappointingly soulless, directionless adventure-by-numbers. All swash, little buckle: welcome back to the theme park ride that NEVER ENDS... Full Review

  • Serves as a welcome corrective, reviving the fun, feather-light frivolity that any film based on a Disneyland ride ought to exhibit. Full Review

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