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Movie Review: 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'

Jason LaVeris/FlimMagic(NEW YORK) -- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End was such a bad movie that all Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides had to do was show up and it would be an improvement. With the bar set low and a new director in Chicago's Rob Marshall, the prospects for achieving something close to the fantastic first Pirates movie seemed somewhat promising.

A good start to improving any movie franchise is adding Ian McShane. As Blackbeard, he’s brimming with evil aspirations and need not open his mouth for the audience to see what’s lurking in his soul.  Unfortunately, that’s about as deep as this movie gets. The rest is a palette of eye-popping special effects, mildly amusing one-liners from Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow, and gratuitous shots of Penelope Cruz's cleavage. Obviously, Geoffrey Rush does a fine job as Barbossa but there are too many characters and not enough character development for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides to be truly satisfying.  

Three out of five stars.

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