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80
Boxoffice Magazine
This is the perfect summer movie and perhaps the best Pirates of them all.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
70
Variety
Serves as a welcome corrective, reviving the fun, feather-light frivolity that any film based on a Disneyland ride ought to exhibit.
70
Marshall delivers old-fashioned swashbuckling action-movie thrills more than computer-engineered grotesquerie.
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.
50
Orlando Sentinel
Repetitious, tedious, and pretty much joyless.
40
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.
40
The new movie is simpler plotwise (a race to the Fountain of Youth), while at the same time being somehow more deadening.
40
Village Voice
As the seductive and conniving Angelica, Cruz is luminous, albeit not enough to compensate for Marshall shrouding virtually every major set piece in nighttime fogginess.
40
Depp's performance is still one of the few bright spots in the movie. Richards is back, too, in an all-too-brief appearance as Sparrow's father.

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