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  • Summary: In the follow-up to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, we find our heroes Will Turner (Bloom) and Eizabeth Swann (Knightley) allied with Captain Barbossa (Rush) in a desperate quest to free Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) from his mind-bending trap in Davy Jones Locker while the terrifying ghost ship, The Flying Dutchman and Davy Jones, under the control of the East India Trading Company, wreaks havoc across the seven seas. (Walt Disney Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 36
  2. Negative: 5 out of 36
  1. The most visually spectacular, action-packed and surreal of the adventures of Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).
  2. The cannibals, coconuts and landlocked locations have been replaced by the high-seas high jinks that made the first film so enjoyable.
  3. A sumptuous feast for the eyes and an occasionally exhilarating stimulant to the heart. But beware my hearty: It will tie your rum-soaked brain in knots.
  4. 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.
  5. 50
    The longest and talkiest installment in the blockbuster Pirates trilogy, At World's End doesn't even have the decency to provide a good action sequence until more than two hours in.
  6. 40
    This is a glazed, inhuman, cluttered piece of work, a storytelling mishmash that buries the considerable charms of its actors under heavy drifts of silt.
  7. Has no narrative throughline, no emotional spine. It's a mess.

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  1. Negative: 91 out of 289
  1. Jan 12, 2011
    Stunning, absolutely stunning in all ways... UN-describable awesome story and incredible swash-buckling action and it's just... Brilliant and.... WOW
  2. NickB.
    May 27, 2007
    Early on in this film I thought to myself, "The unwashed masses are not going to get this one," and i think I am right. If, on the other hand, you aspire to watching something truly marvelous, inventive, and strangely genre-breaking, then At World's End may be for you. I can't speak for all, but to me, this movie was the very definition of why I love Summer films. It was so captivating and interesting that I didn't even noticed where the two hours and forty sevn minutes went.....just a brilliant action flick. But again, be warned: if you ever got irritated at a David Lynch film, or you think Dungeons & Dragons is for weirdo nerds, then you are probably not going to get this movie and might want to just go catch the latest Adam Sandler crud instead. Expand
  3. JayK.
    May 28, 2007
    Excellent movie. Contrary to popular opinion here, the movie does have a plot, however, the plot is a supporting character to what has becom the "chronicles of Jack, Will, Elizabeth and Hector." As for the twists, anyone with about an ounce of intelligence that can hold their attention for more than a few seconds can easily follow them, and the they keep the movie unpredictable and entertaining. Unlike the second movie, this one has great humor again. Also, I found that the 168 minute run time ran by very fast. Extremely so the first time I saw it, with friends on Thursday, and still fast the second time I saw it, on Sunday with my Wife. For wht it's worth, I think its a great movie! Sit back, relax, don't take it too seriously and make your own decision... Expand
  4. Aug 22, 2010
    Again, what I said about Dead Man's Chest except even more so here. Too long, entertaining and adventurous, but unnecessary and confusing. It was decent. Expand
    May 25, 2007
    The most convoluted plot imaginable. 20 different twists that don't feel like twists, just annoying plot sublines that are hard to keep up with. Waiting for it to end (for 2 hours) was excruciating, made only somewhat tolerable by the gorgeous Keira Knightley and the many facets of her character explored (sex goddess, tomboy, to war lord??). I loved the first 2, and I hope you are not as let down as me by At World's End. Expand
  6. KyleM.
    May 26, 2007
    Mind-numbingly awful. I actually laughed more than I did in the second movie, but the vast majority of the humor is basic slapstick, a far cry from the Deppisms of the first film. One of those rare movies during which my mind is screaming, "Just end already!" Expand
  7. SeanP.
    May 24, 2007
    C-R-A-P! That about sums up the bloated, incoherent mess that is Pirates 3. Whoever said more is better didn't sit through this snoozefest. True, the action piece in the last third of the movie is epic, but for that to improve the rating, that has to matter. But it doesn't! The movie had lost me far earlier than when the action kicks in. If the movie had been half as long, I might have given it a 3. But making me suffer for 3 whole hours. Captain Jack gets a goose egg. Expand

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