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75
On Stranger Tides feels as fresh and bracingly exhilarating as the day Jack Sparrow first swashed his buckle.
70
Captain Jack Sparrow is back in excellent form for his fourth adventure in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which is more serious in the hands of a new director, Rob Marshall, and thanks to Penelope Cruz it's also a good deal sexier.
65
The picture is cluttered and convoluted and big, and Marshall - taking over the reins from Gore Verbinski - doesn't seem to grasp how exhausting nonstop action can be.
63
Frankly, the wow factor isn't that great.
60
Los Angeles Times
Johnny Depp, back again as the swashbuckling miscreant who favors guy-liner and gold, somehow manages to keep this ship of fools afloat. But just barely.
50
On Stranger Tides isn't nearly strange enough. Its one real act of piracy is stealing away your excitement.
50
Marshall deserves props for putting the "show" back into the Pirates business. But face it, he's polishing a giant turd.
50
Here's how it goes down: 4 is better than 3, about the same as 2 and worse than 1.
40
Despite Sparrow's ongoing flashes of charm, Depp himself seems to know he's coasting.
40
Small kids won't really appreciate Johnny Depp, either, though frankly he's getting to be less fun as the series ages, possibly realizing that what's riskiest in Pirates 4 isn't walking the plank, but jumping the shark.
30
The IMAX print I saw was so murky as to make you give thanks for the few scenes shot in simple sunlight, the 3-D wasn't worth the bother, and never before have I wanted to chloroform an entire orchestra.
25
This isn't absurdity. This is nonsense - and it's as boring as nonsense.

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