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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.

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The critical consensus

The temptation to do something fresh is often outweighed by the fear of losing whatever it was that made it successful in the first place. This tries to do both, but ends up just trying too hard.

**(*)(*)(*)Steve Rose, The Guardian, 10/05/2011

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

***(*)(*)Total Film, 11/05/2011

Not for the first time, we’re at the mercy of too much clutter, a script with scurvy, and a blockbuster you could accuse of languishing. Landlubbing, even. Whose idea of a pirate’s life is this?

**(*)(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 12/05/2011

At least On Stranger Tides aspires towards coherence.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 17/05/2011

There are rare moments when the old sense of fun resurfaces, but On Stranger Tides is another gigantic waste of time, talent and treasure.

Matt Bochenski, Little White Lies, 16/05/2011

Puts the fun back into one of the most popular blockbuster series of the past decade.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 13/05/2011

Not as bad as the second two films, then, but still not a touch on the first.

**(*)(*)(*)Miles Fielder, The List, 18/05/2011

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.

**(*)(*)(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 18/05/2011

Despite the new characters, Pirates goes through the same old motions, like some ultra-expensive pantomime with A-list stars.

**(*)(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 19/05/2011

Some might find their enthusiasm for the Pirates films sinking. I have to say that mine is still there, just about. Depp's Sparrow is a genuinely funny character and Depp still puts the ho-ho into yo-ho-ho.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 19/05/2011

More likely they 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.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 20/05/2011

Listless and listing, this is the weakest of the series. Please, Johnny, no more.

**(*)(*)(*)Daily Record, 20/05/2011

The filmmakers...have steadied the sinking ship, even if it's not the wholly original new course some may have hoped for.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 20/05/2011

Depp is just fine, but strange as it may sound, there’s actually too much of him here.

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 19/05/2011

Probably too big to fail at the box-office, but there's something horribly arrogant about the way it blithely assumes we'll be left begging for more by its refusal to tie up any of the plot strands.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 21/05/2011

There's already talk of a fifth in the series. Just bring me the plank, now, and be done with it.

Demetrios Matheou, The Independent on Sunday, 22/05/2011

I'm sure it will prove popular, and 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.

Philip French, The Observer, 22/05/2011

Features about Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Depp back on high seas for 'Pirates of the Caribbean' latest

The Independent, 14/05/2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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