Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales: Critics’ Official Reviews.

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Dead Men Tell No Tales: Jack Sparrow is back.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is expected to hit theaters June 25. Johnny Depp returns to play Jack Sparrow in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean Movie with Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), this time alongside new characters, Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), with Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) as they make their return for this movie.

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Here are the critics’ thoughts:

Total Film – James Mottram.

The pacing is spot-on, the set-pieces memorable and all the characters are allowed to shine, without it ever becoming The Johnny Depp Show.

USA Today – Brian Truitt.

Johnny Depp’s drunken Captain Jack Sparrow stumbles into yet another seafaring adventure, which has its rocky moments but also offers an engaging tale with family legacies, above-average swashbuckling and a fantastic new villain courtesy of Javier Bardem

Entertainment Weekly – Leah Greenblatt.

What we get is the usual mash of swashbuckling nonsense and soggy mythology: There will be romance, and revelations, and some silly gold-plated. Through it all, Norwegian duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (the Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki) feel less like directors than shepherds.

Indiewire – Michael Nordine.

Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are at the helm this time around, proving capable captains even if the script they’re working from isn’t always seaworthy.

TheWrap – Robert Abele.

The fifth entry, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, is the most divertingly enjoyable since the first. A professionally crafted brew of action, slapstick and supernatural mumbo-jumbo, it’s less likely to spur timepiece glances than did the last few bloated installments.

Screen International – John Hazelton.

Screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can), taking over from series regulars Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, doesn’t make much sense out of the typically (for the franchise) convoluted plot, but does manage to bring out a father-child theme that lends the film a little emotional resonance.

The Telegraph – Robbie Collin.

The gonzo-Wagnerian backstory the franchise subsequently built up hasn’t been sufficiently pruned – and with so many characters to juggle, the story feels less like a coherent chain of events than a bundle of obligatory subplots.

CineVue – Jamie Neish.

It’s hardly original nor necessary, but it’s a fun and absorbing escapade on the Seven Seas.

We Got This Covered – Matt Donato.

Dead men may tell no tales, but with Disney’s latest Pirates sequel, I’m not convinced that living men can tell tales with any more intrigue.

The Film Stage – Chelsey Grasso.

As the coldly calculated Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales proves, it is time to let this series rest in peace, or at the very least, spend the rest of its doomed, immortal days sinking to the bottom of the ocean.

Empire – Dan Jolin.

Not the return to form you might have been hoping for. Its story might cover all the same beats as the 2003 original, but there’s little of that film’s spark or spirit.

Variety – Andrew Barker.

The franchise has lost a bit of its luster with every successive installment, but never has a “Pirates” film felt this inessential, this depressingly pro forma.

The Hollywood Reporter – John DeFore.

Scodelario, of the Maze Runner films and Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights, is just about the only member of the cast who seems to believe she’s expected to be more than a thin generic functionary or flamboyant scene-stealer.

Time Out London – Ellie Walker-Arnott.

Unfortunately for everyone, Captain Jack Sparrow is still slurring and staggering around the Caribbean. Whatever charm and charisma Johnny Depp once had in this role is well and truly lost at sea.

The Guardian – Mike McCahill.

Dead Men Tell No Tales moves at a faster rate of knots than any Pirates film; trouble is, nothing has really been added. It’s the same soggy ride, set to a marginally preferable speed.

The Playlist – Rodrigo Perez

The film is not unlike a classic rock supergroup reuniting to play all the greatest hits, with the payday at the end as the only true motivation, rather than returning with something new to say about their work.

ScreenCrush – Matt Singer.

Dead Men Tell No Tales is the sort of sequel that’s so bad it makes you retroactively wonder why you liked the original film so much in the first place.


  • Synopsis:

The movie follows Jack Sparrow while he searches for an ancient and powerful artifact ‘The Trident of Poseidon’ but he must deal with Captain Salazar who tries with his crew  to find the artifact for themselves.

  • Directors:

Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg.

  • Cast:

Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Kevin McNally, Stephen Graham, Martin Klebba, Golshifteh Farahani.

  • Rating: PG-13.
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy.
  • Runtime: 129min.
  • Release Date: May 26, 2017.
  • Trailer: Dead Men Tell No Tales

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