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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Review Critics


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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 38

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The pirate ship has hit foul waters, and even the sharp wit and charm of everyone's favorite buccaneer can't save it.

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  • 40

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A ponderous pirate saga, 168 minutes long, with more doldrums than "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." Those doldrums are relieved from time to time by spectacular effects.

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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Knightley's Elizabeth becomes a pirate captain this time. You know a franchise has run its course when it has a buccaneer heroine who looks as if she'd hate to get her face smudged.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    More than ever, Depp masterfully keeps the enterprise afloat, even when the sheer weight of all those other characters threatens to throw it off-course.

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  • 88

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    The most visually spectacular, action-packed and surreal of the adventures of Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 12 & under

Swashbuckling action, but too many puzzling plots.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this installment of the Pirates franchise is packed with more death, action, and violence than most superhero flicks -- from the grim opening sequence in which Caribbean civilians (including a young boy) are led to the gallows to the climactic swashbuckling showdown. Since it's nearly three hours long, younger kids (or those with short attention spans) may not go the distance. And with so many double crosses and betrayals, the plot may even be confusing for adults. That said, thanks to Disney's ubiquitous merchandising and advertising campaigns, even 5-year-olds know who Captain Jack Sparrow is, so chances are your youngest kids will want to see it. But if they do, be prepared for them to wake up with nightmares.

  • Families can talk about what made kids want to see this movie -- the story or all the product and toy tie-ins. Do kids want something because Captain Jack is connected to it? Why is Jack such an appealing character? And does the movie live up to all the hype? Families can also discuss the Pirates franchise as a whole. Do you think there should be a fourth movie or is this one a good finale? Which movie do you like best, and why?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Elizabeth and Tia Dalma are strong, fearless female characters, and the cast of this movie is much more diverse than the previous two. Despite several betrayals, Jack and Will sacrifice what they want most and act selflessly for the greater good. Jack often acts as though he has no morals or ethics, but he's true to a strange code of his own.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Characters are hanged -- including a young boy -- and their dead bodies are shown in a pile. Lots of pirates, British soldiers, and unlucky seamen are stabbed and blown up -- especially in the final hour. Younger children may be disturbed by the opening gallows sequence and by seeing major characters die.

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    Sex: Elizabeth and Will kiss passionately. Several scantily dressed pirates' mistresses; a couple is discreetly shown dressing after marital sex, but there's no nudity. Captain Jack loves making sexual innuendos.

  • language false0

    Language: Colorful pirate insults.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Nothing in the movie itself, but the entire thing is a giant marketing machine for Disney.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Pirates love their rum, and once again it flows freely.