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Metascore

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75
Lively is an odd word for something called Dead Man's Chest, but lively it is. You won't find hotter action, wilder thrills or loopier laughs this summer.
75
It does deliver a combustible combination of ingredients for a summer blockbuster: a cornucopia of action and dazzling effects, some raucous humor and a large dose of Depp's winning charm.
75
New York Daily News
It's too long, unnecessarily complicated and often silly, but Gore Verbinski's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is still the purest popcorn entertainment of the summer.
75
Chicago Tribune
Two of the big action set-pieces easily outdo anything from the previous edition.
75
ReelViews
The slow, uneven beginning is more than compensated for by the rousing climax.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
Depp is the comic gel that holds the whole enterprise together. The performance is a total delight that somehow combines Bugs Bunny, Peter Pan and Charlie Chaplin.
63
New York Post
This chest is overfilled with exposition and physical comedy, without a doubloon's worth of the scary suspense that made the laughs in the first one such brilliant comic relief.
60
Wall Street Journal
The cast is entertaining, though with an asterisk, and the special effects are often spectacular, though sometimes not.
50
Intermittently fun and high-spirited, Dead Man's Chest sags under the weight of its own running time.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
A long, tedious and convoluted follow-up to 2003's rollicking high-seas hit, The Curse of the Black Pearl, this second installment in the promised trilogy lacks the swash and buckle of the original. And then some.
33
Entertainment Weekly
Yes indeed, Pirates 2.0 is a theme ride, if by ride you mean a hellish contraption into which a ticket holder is strapped, overstimulated but unsatisfied, and unable to disengage until the operator releases the restraining harness.
25
San Francisco Chronicle
More than the usual bad or even numbingly horrible movie. It's an amalgam of many of the modern cinema's worst tendencies and modern filmmaking's most unfortunate misconceptions.

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