Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Rating: 3.25 of 5  

Johnny Depp is delightful as ever, but this movie really lacks a certain life and vitality that the earlier films had. There was just some spark that was missing and I think it was a lack of tension on several fronts.

First of all, Rob Marshall did not handle the material well. . . . → more

The Tourist

Rating: 4 of 5  

The Tourist is a lovely mix of silliness and intrigue and romance. The bad guy isn’t who you expect, or at least not completely. There’re two conceits that you kind of have to just accept (the van and the train), but they’re small and everything else is so fun, I’m perfectly willing . . . → more

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Rating: 4.5 of 5  

When I first came out of Pirates 3 wasn’t sure what I thought. But the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. I was thinking over different scenes and realizing how much I just enjoyed the film, enjoyed myself while I was watching it. It’s fun. It’s funny. The . . . → more

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Rating: 4 of 5  

The first time I saw Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest I didn’t know what to expect, so I was paying all sorts of attention trying to figure out what I thought and why. I saw plenty of flaws and expressed the following criticisms…

The first deficit in the second Pirates . . . → more

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

Rating: 5 of 5  

Absolutely flawless film.

I am so in love with the characters, I don’t know what to do with myself. I love that even though Will and Elizabeth are kind of written, initially, as stock characters, Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley really give them such personality and depth. Jack is so strange, but . . . → more