Here -- in a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced high-seas adventure that incorporates roaring cannons, oddball comedy, a love story and more than a touch of the supernatural -- Depp unleashes his theatrical bravado. He's hilarious.
David Ansen, Newsweek, 2007-11-01
Depp invests this overfed, action-tractioned swashbuckler with a voluptuous wit and spry spontaneity it surely doesn't deserve.
Review, Time Out, 2006-02-09
Pirates reminds me of a vintage MGM musical, a movie that is more choreographed than directed, and one that serves up good clean fun of the PG-13 variety.
Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, 2003-07-25
An awkward pirate epic that's jampacked with energy, ambition and spectacular effects.
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com, 2003-07-16
[Johnny] Depp is the single best reason to see Pirates of the Caribbean if you're past the age of 10.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2003-07-09
Pirates will enthrall kids and amuse adults. Its only failing is that at 2 hours and 15 minutes, it's about 20 minutes too long.
Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2003-07-09
Who knew Johnny Depp was a theme park all by himself?
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2003-07-09
An improbably entertaining, if overlong, adventure that brings new meaning to the term 'summer camp.'
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2003-07-09
A theme park ride has been successfully transferred to the screen.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, 2003-07-09
Buries its treasures -- mainly Johnny Depp in eye shadow and dreads as Captain Jack Sparrow -- in briny cliches.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2003-07-31
At, say, 85 minutes, this would have been a jolly little swashbuckler, but at 143 it turns into an unholy trial.
David Edelstein, Slate, 2003-07-16
Pirates steams ahead on a mirthless course of script beats and busy action sequences, coldly steered by director Gore Verbinski to the boom-blast-blare coordinates of producing commodore Jerry Bruckheimer.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, 2003-07-11
Isn't so much a pirate movie as it is the idea of a pirate movie.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2003-07-11
Certainly, Pirates has its moments. But it's definitely no 'E' ticket.
Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, 2003-07-11
An overstated, unashamedly silly summer adventure.
Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News, 2003-07-10
The booty here is 100 percent fool's gold.
Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly, 2003-07-09
There is much by way of noise, computer-generated action, big sets and breezy laughs, and practically nothing to intrude on your thought processes afterwards.
Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star, 2003-07-09
Pirates of the Caribbean is a movie that you ride around in circles for 2 hours and 23 minutes, until at last it brings you back where you began, exhausted and a lot dizzier.
Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News, 2003-07-09
A monotonous, repetitive spectacle of endless shipboard sword fights and pirate ghosts in the moonlight.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2003-07-09