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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
For the roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp), the crystalline waters if the Caribbean present a vast playground where adventure and mystery abound. But Jack's idyllic pirate life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa (Rush), steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and kidnaps the Governor's (Pryce) beautiful daughter, Elizabeth Swann (Knightley). (Disney)
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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

2003
Comedy
Fantasy
2h 23m
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Rated 13 Jul 2016
92
84th
Hey kids, remember when Captain Jack Sparrow was a cinematic breath of fresh air before predictably devolving into a tiresome gimmick? (Pepperidge Farms remembers!) But yeah, this movie is better and more fun than it has any right to be, thanks primarily to Depp. I'm inclined to ignore the sequels.
Rated 10 Jan 2010
60
63rd
You just know this would have been a complete piece of shit if Depp & Rush hadn't carried it on their backs.
Rated 24 May 2017
89
93rd
A Disney movie based off a theme park ride seemed like an idea destined to sink at the box-office. Instead the film was an epic smash success, spawning a handful of sequels. This return to high quality live-action adventure/comedy marked the first time Disney dared produce/release a movie with a PG-13 rating, and their risk paid-off tremendously. However they have taken the best thing about this movie, "Cpt. Jack Sparrow" and attempted to drain every last cent out of him with each new sequel.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
86
87th
Damn fine entertainment. If I had to gripe about anything, it would be that the big stand-off at the end seems like it could have been cut down by 5-10 minutes. But that's hardly enough to stop me from enjoying such a fun adventure.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
64th
A fun movie that would rank a LOT lower if Johnny Depp's character wasn't so great.
Rated 24 Jan 2017
76
60th
You'll always remember this as the kids pirate flick that was *almost* better than Goonies. At a meager 2 1/2 hours you can watch the entire thing while waiting in line for the ride! Thankfully it's well-paced and charismatic, featuring Depp and Rush at their tongue-in-cheekiest. It doesn't do much with a theme (it's okay to break rules when the rules are bad) but like any good campfire ghost tale it draws more strength from the enthusiasm of the telling than the story itself.
Rated 24 Aug 2012
82
91st
This is the best movie based on a ride since John Boorman adapted the theme of Disneyland's Splash Mountain for his feature Deliverance.
Rated 06 Apr 2012
99
99th
One of Disney's finest films, "Pirates" is twice as fun as the ride on which it's based! Johnny Depp was able to add Captain Jack Sparrow into his resume of iconic characters, and the world was reminded why pirates have long served as childhood fun and historical intruige. Romance, action, fantasy and Geoffrey Rush. What more can you wish for?
Rated 20 Feb 2007
78
68th
Johnny Depp really makes the movie worth watching, to be fair Orlando Bloom is alright but Keira Knightley is forgettable. Fact remains, Capt. Jack Sparrow is the reason to see this film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
50th
Johnny Depp really makes this movie. Pretty much anyone could've played Orlando Bloom's part, but I don't think anyone else could've pulled off Jack Sparrow. Depp is both hilarious and entertaining. The story is pure pastiche, of course, but it gets the job done.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
73rd
Johnny Depp makes this movie extremely fun.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
77th
Funny, action-packed, entertaining. And featuring the best pirate performance ever by Johnny Depp. A great adventure movie!
Rated 06 Feb 2007
100
99th
Jack Sparrow is the epitome of awesome. The clever writing and superb characters make a very fascinating, hilarious and refreshing film. Depp is amazing, but Rush adds to the great fun too.
Rated 27 Jan 2010
80
78th
An extremely fun movie that was a vessel for Johnny Depp to create an extremely unique and wonderful character (who unfortunately now feels rather played out). Bloom and Depp's chemistry was great and Rush was a cool villain. Just do yourself a favor by watching this movie and then ignoring that there are more movies in the series because all they will do is let you down and make you sick of Jack Sparrow.
Rated 31 May 2011
30
13th
"Oh no, X has been kidnapped!" - 10 minute action sequence - "Wait, now they've got Y, we must go back!" - 10 minute action sequence - "But what about Z, we can't just leave him/her!" - 10 minute action sequence. Repeat for two and a half hours. Fair enough, Depp has bags of charisma and some funny one-liners, and Knightley looks good in a wet bodice, but it's all too overblown and bloated for my liking. Everything feels choreographed to the Nth degree and it just ends up getting tiresome.
Rated 28 May 2017
96
99th
The perfect blockbuster!! Here are some of the things that make 'The Curse of the Black Pearl' wonderful: A sense of joyful fun for joyful fun's sake. Klaus Badelt's score. Johnny Depp's and Geoffry Rush's delivery (and Keira Knightley's pout). Klaus Badelt's score. Elaborate and brilliantly executed setpieces. Breakneck pacing and the unity of the script. The revitalization of a genre that I thought I disliked. And last, but by no means least, I simply cannot get enough of Klaus Badelt's score.
Rated 15 May 2009
78
92nd
A very entertaining yarn. On a whole I find it a bit wanting in places but it truly captures the spirit of fun and adventure that I want out of a summer movie. Lots of winks to the audience, cheeky humour and of course Depp's iconic performance. A refreshingly satisfying action finale for a movie of this type.
Rated 27 May 2007
30
6th
Put me to sleep pretty quickly.
Rated 11 Apr 2016
80
79th
Deserving of its iconic status: a completely effective action-comedy. It may be a little long, but it never really drags: the characters are fun, the jokes are good, the action is exciting, and the story is engaging.
Rated 05 Feb 2007
97
98th
The most fun I had had at the theater in a long time. An instant classic if you ask me. Johnny Depp is of course astounding as Jack Sparrow and the adventurous score is amazing.
Rated 25 Jul 2016
90
84th
The first movie in this series is a classic. The cast is equally fantastic. Johnny Depp cemented himself as a blockbuster movie star with this movie but he also got himself stuck in a contract with Disney which meant he hasn't really done anything interesting in a while. The story of the Black Pearl is a classic pirate story with all of the quirks. There's pirate treasure, an Aztec curse, and a healthy desire to root for the bad guys.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
81st
A completely mindless good time. This is the kind of film that movie theaters were made for.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
98
99th
Depp really is the center of this film, with a performance that's absolutely astounding. But he's far from the only good point in what is one of the greatest adventure movies ever made. Despite its length every moment is gripping and the twists and turns are all perfectly constructed to withstand multiple viewings. The huge budget allows for some excellent visuals as well, nothing is wasted.
Rated 01 Sep 2009
74
90th
This isn't anything deeper than an adventure movie. But it's exactly what an great adventure movie should be. Somewhere in the mixture of Johnny Depp's over-the-top performance, the plot subversions, the massive choreographed action scenes, and Badelt's bombastic score, this found the magic that makes summer movies memorably, fantastically fun.
Rated 13 Nov 2011
16
12th
Epic puke.
Rated 04 Oct 2013
8
76th
POTC was a thoroughly enjoyable and refreshing Disney summer blockbuster. But since the series has sadly over complicated itself and ran out of steam. Johnny Depp's over the top but loveable performance as Captain Jack Sparrow has become one of cinema's most loved and loathed characters. Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are tolerable in this first instalment but Geoffrey Rush is brilliant. The sense of adventure, exciting set pieces, thumping score and comic relief caters for all the family.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
97th
I don't think there is one heart that Johnny Depp left unstolen after this movie came out. He was absolutely extraordinary. Captain Jack Sparrow is more an entity than a character.
Rated 25 Mar 2008
98
87th
So much fun, so much talent, so need to watch! A delightful blend of comedy, drama, action & romance, all in one great script. It's my (highly unprofessional) opinion that that's probably one of the reasons the films have done so well, they appeal to such a wide audience. Depp - seriously, how does he invent these characters! - is amazing! Rush, again, brilliant in his role! Bloom is so perfectly cast! & all the "minor" characters bring a complete character to screen! Awesome special effects!
Rated 18 Apr 2007
87
83rd
Amazingly entertaining, and technically impressive to boot. Jack Sparrow's introduction on the slowly sinking ship might defy logic, but makes for one of the most memorable character introductions I've ever seen.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
31st
Great Johnny Depp performance, so-so movie. Could have been tightened up considerably. Doesn't help that Knightley and Bloom get a lot of groaners among their lines and don't have much charisma to speak of, unlike Depp or Rush.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
73
64th
Fun but a little corny. I didn't enjoy Bloom and Knightley.
Rated 23 Sep 2008
86
88th
Really excellent. Johnny Depp gives the best performance of his carrer and Geoffrey Rush is also very good.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
77th
It was a really fine entertainment..
Rated 14 Aug 2007
8
93rd
A hugely crowd-pleasing swashbuckling epic. It mixes thrills and spectacle and laughs with rare panache, and is anchored by a genuinely brilliant performance by Johnny Depp that has permanently redefined the pop culture pirate. If you don't like it you hate fun, and should go do trigonometry in a dark room or something.
Rated 29 Apr 2013
70
72nd
I think the word 'romp' was invented to describe this film. It plays fast and loose with historical accuracy, but who cares when it's so much fun? Jaw-droppingly gorgeous from start to finish, it's pretty much the perfect summer blockbuster. It's hokey and clichéd and probably too long, but it never fails to be entertaining. It owes a lot to LucasArts' Monkey Island games though. Probably the best videogame movie of all time, even if it never acknowledges the game it owes its heritage to.
Rated 05 Mar 2007
79
77th
Depp more than makes up for Orlandull Bloom and Keira Poutley. He steals the show whenever he appears on screen and really deserves all the credit for this film being a massive success. After a pretty average sequel, lets hope that Chow Yun Fat and Depp can make the 3rd film a big hit as well.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
99th
Great action and mix of humor.
Rated 10 May 2008
75
61st
Way better than it has any right to be.
Rated 10 Jul 2012
82
74th
May leave you exhausted like the theme park ride that inspired it; however, you'll have a good time when it's over.
Rated 11 Jan 2024
8
80th
A salt-soaked offering of pirate-y adventure movie bravado (lots of cheeky rule breaking, plus a score for the ages) and quirky character comedy (CJS is incredible) with some horror-spiked fantasy thrown in ("You best start believing in ghost stories, Miss Turner-you're in one!"). The rethinking of one's moral compass, meanwhile, is an engaging thematic thread (enigmatic Jack is joined by principled Will and even nose-up Norrington here: "I think we can afford to give him one day's head start").
Rated 03 Jan 2009
100
92nd
Johnny Depp all the way!
Rated 31 Mar 2010
89
76th
great movie, good acting, the original was the best
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
85th
Johnny Depp as always the best actor.. he prove it in this film.
Rated 07 Mar 2007
95
91st
Wonderful. Just wonderful. My favorite role of Johnny Depp's, which says quite a bit there...
Rated 14 Aug 2007
92
85th
Great movie
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
82nd
A lovely adventure harking back to eighties pirate flicks for sunday afternoons.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
91st
This movie is AMAZING!Johnny Depp is one hot pirate and Orlando Blloom is a hot blachsmith becoming a pirate just to save the girl he loves life! This move is very adventurous and funny! After I saw this I couldn't wait till the second one comes out! This is a must have movie at home!
Rated 14 Oct 2008
94
86th
cool
Rated 01 Nov 2010
90
97th
I almost feel like any recommendation on this film is going to fall on deaf ears. Chances are that by now you have already seen and made up your mind regarding Curse of the Black Pearl. Either you saw it, and loved it like I did, or saw it and hated it. It is well acted, humorous and exciting, so if you haven't given it a shot, I'd recommend you give it a look.
Rated 20 Oct 2007
95
78th
You won't find too many films that are so obviously made for sheer fun as this one. The cast hams it up with relish, the sets are lavishly stereotypical, the plot pretty standard (though the story a nice departure from the old pirate film stanbys of the 40s & 50s), but none of that really matters. The key here is "harmless" fun, & this film delivers like few have in recent memory.
Rated 21 Oct 2007
100
82nd
Great movie reminiscent of the old Errol Flynn swashbucklers.
Rated 27 Oct 2012
100
99th
This is one of the few movies truly worthy of a 100 rating. It is the perfect mix of action, comedy, romance, and fantasy. The cinematography is just wonderful from beginning to end, and the special effects were seamless and flawless. The actors were spectacular, and it is a movie that people of almost all ages can watch and enjoy together.
Rated 18 Jan 2013
31
10th
Hollywood pirates.
Rated 28 Aug 2007
96
74th
Outstanding Johnny Deep.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
87th
Amazing. Can't wait for the sequel.
Rated 29 Jun 2008
98
88th
hilarous! very well done. great cast.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
89
88th
Fun action and great special effects. This is one pirate movie that shows there's still life in that defunct genre.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
93
85th
Wildly entertaining movie. Great cast and plenty of action. Very rewatchable and the DVD extras were great. Highly recommeded.
Rated 29 May 2007
7
57th
Can't imagine how bad this would've turned out to be without Depp, who pretty much deserves full credit for my score.
Rated 01 Jun 2008
95
78th
Brilliant.
Rated 06 Jun 2008
85
72nd
I thought this was big fun, but they should've stopped here.
Rated 25 Jul 2007
80
91st
Incredibly enjoyable turn-off-your-brain pirate adventure.
Rated 19 Jan 2013
89
65th
Entertaining and funny, overall very well done.
Rated 13 Feb 2009
85
85th
Great introduction of the unforgettable Captain Jack Sparrow. Best of the series.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
91st
Great action film. Depp plays a great pirate. Looking forward to second and third films.
Rated 10 Jan 2007
80
83rd
Guilty pleasure, ahoy! Highly enjoyable film, which, unfortunately, cannot be said of the subsequent films in the series.
Rated 06 Sep 2015
100
91st
Director Gore Verbinski takes a playful approach to the pirate genre, mixing in all the usual scallywag elements with a sharp-witted sense of humor and fun. He anchors what could have been a movie with nothing but big effects not on his ships, but on his stars, who carry us through a film that looks to have been every bit as wild to make as it is to watch.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
76th
Offers suitably epic pirate action with great performances from Depp and Rush. It's quite entertaining but could've been much shorter.
Rated 30 Apr 2009
91
90th
Outrageous! Depp wears the best actor's suit and steps on Top 3 together with P. S. Hoffman and Ch. Bale
Rated 30 Nov 2006
74
43rd
Really great effort to transfer a good old pirate's story to new millenium's cinema. Also nice to see Johnny Depp having so much fun.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
97th
awsome!
Rated 01 Sep 2010
90
88th
They should have stopped at this one. Really good adventure picture that was miles ahead of what I thought it would be. Of course Johnny Depp's performance is brilliant.
Rated 08 Dec 2010
92
73rd
A fantastic movie with fantastic actors such as Johnny Depth and Orlando Bloom. Pirates of the Caribbean is a remarkable adventure comedy.
Rated 22 Oct 2008
91
80th
My favourite of the three and a great introduction to the characters... Johnny Depp is brilliant as Captain Jack Sparrow and the rest of the cast were good in the roles. This film is full of swashbuckling fun.
Rated 24 Feb 2008
89
94th
The first and defenitely the best of the series. Right from the intro they nailed it. Entertaining as hell and Captain Jack Sparrow prooves to be one of the most interesting characters worth remembering of the last decades. Outstanding in every aspect!
Rated 02 Mar 2008
90
88th
The only good movie in the Pirates franchise, but Cap'n Jack is one of this generation's icons. Geoffrey Rush also does a great job as Jack's nemesis. Bloom can't act, but since when is that new?
Rated 27 Feb 2007
95
97th
One of the most fun to watch movies I have ever encountered, its story is perfect as it's blend of humor and action. Depp's performance as Captain Jack Sparrow is one of the greatest characters in any movies ever made.
Rated 13 Apr 2008
88
89th
The ride that became a movie and started it all. Brilliant story, brilliant casting, brilliant directing. Made something that could have been a bomb into the must-see movie everyone was talking about. I doubt we'll ever see anything quite like it again.
Rated 10 Aug 2013
50
5th
Stupid movie for stupid people
Rated 18 Mar 2007
88
81st
A wonderful action epic that will surely go down as one of the best of the decade.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
85th
a really well made movie with a good amount of action throughout the movie. good stuff.
Rated 20 Sep 2007
85
79th
Excellent. Funny. Great special effects and acting.
Rated 18 Oct 2007
72
85th
Fun and entertaining, though a bit long. Really enjoyed the performances and acting. Special effects were top drawer.
Rated 11 Jul 2016
18
97th
W4E2P2S2V2M2A1R3. Bloom is bad, but otherwise a pretty perfectly executed family action film. Great soundtrack. To me, this is the Die Hard of fantasy/adventure films.
Rated 25 Mar 2007
85
87th
Johnny Depp is so wonderfully original and the movie is so entertaining, you wouldn't believe a pirate movie could be so successful today.
Rated 24 Jan 2010
91
84th
Great adventure film, Sparrow and particulary Barbossa are two of my favourite film characters
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
71st
This movie is all about fun-fun-fun. Pirates, curses, gold chests and more things that make want to grab a sword and start dueling skeletons. Depp illustrates how a pirate can steal the shirt you're wearing while grinning in your unsuspecting face.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
88
94th
What an impression this made. A return pirates after all these years, and who would have thought it could be such a success? A wonderfully scripted film creating instantly memorable characters (for the mostpart) and some great action scenes meanwhile capturing the sense of roguish adventure missing from so many recent films.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
88th
A brilliant popcorn flick that is saved by the amazingly entertaining performance of Depp as Jack Sparrow.
Rated 18 Aug 2007
85
94th
Great fun and still the best of the trilogy - rollicking pirate fun!
Rated 17 Sep 2014
85
94th
A ton of fun! Too bad the other movies in the franchise couldn't come close to this one.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
41st
Johnny Depp is good and the action can be fun. Unfortunately the other performances are unmemorable and the plot is forgettable.
Rated 11 Mar 2008
90
64th
A fun, swashbuckling adventure, though not my favorite of the trilogy as I'm not keen on the whole skeleton-crew thing. Still, Johnny Depp's performance is fantastic and Orlando Bloom makes a dashing and good-hearted Will Turner.
Rated 18 Sep 2010
90
83rd
A well produced, well acted, swash-buckling good time. A+
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
50th
Rollicking fun on the high seas. Everything clicks about this flick.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
66th
Zone out whenever the romance subplots arise and whenever there's any type of try-to-hard-family-friendly dialogue. It's not too bad.
Rated 31 Dec 2012
74
45th
This is a great pirate movie, and by far the best in the series. Great music and great atmosphere. Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush are both great here.
Rated 17 Oct 2008
98
86th
Really really good movie. Fun to watch, a pretty good story and a decent end. Keira, Bloom and Depp made a fantastic work on this one. Remember to watch the movie beyond the credits (a few extras).
Rated 02 Apr 2016
75
57th
So many hunks in this movie...you know Jonathan Pryce is the hottest though!!!
Rated 17 Feb 2011
100
99th
It's not a perfect movie, but it's the greatest adventure movie of all time.

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