Pick a random title Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

2003 4.5/5 IMDb 8.1/10 (806k) PG-13 SuperHD 143 minutes

When a young swain recruits pirate Capt. Jack Sparrow to help rescue a maiden from rival buccaneers, he finds he's up against supernatural forces.

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Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport, Jonathan Pryce, Lee Arenberg, Mackenzie Crook, Damian O'Hare, Giles New, Kevin McNally, Zoe Saldana, David Bailie, Michael Berry, Christian Martin, Ben Wilson, Ralph P. Martin, Martin Klebba, Michael Lane, Vince Lozano, Angus Barnett, Treva Etienne, Trevor Goddard, Vanessa Branch, Dustin Seavey, Guy Siner, Lauren Maher, Ben Roberts, Michael Sean Tighe, Sam Roberts, Brye Cooper, Paul Keith, Lucinda Dryzek Directed by Gore Verbinski

Action & Adventure, Action Comedies, Adventures, Movies for ages 8 to 10, Movies for ages 11 to 12, Disney, Comedies

Languages: English, Spanish

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  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Actor nominee 2004 Johnny Depp
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Makeup nominee 2004
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Visual Effects nominee 2004
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Sound nominee 2004
  • Nominee, Baftas - Best Actor nominee 2004 Johnny Depp
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Sound Effects Editing nominee 2004
  • Nominee, Golden Globe Awards - Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee 2004
NYT Critics' Pick: Mascara as Black as a Jolly Roger

Can a movie maintain the dramatic integrity of a theme-park ride? In the case of Gore Verbinski's action comedy, the answer is sure. — Elvis Mitchell Read the review

Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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


This movie is far too long.

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper, 2003-07-14


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