Today’s Prayer Focus

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

also known as “P.O.T.C.,” “Piratas del Caribe - La maldición del Perla Negra,” “Fluch der Karibik,” “Piráti z Karibiku,” “A Karib-tenger kalózai: A Fekete Gyöngy átka,” See more »
MPA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPA) for action/adventure violence and scary skeletons, but no strong foul language, sex, or sexual nudity.

Reviewed by: Charity Bishop

Moral Rating: Average
Moviemaking Quality:
Primary Audience: Teens Adults
Genre: Action Adventure Fantasy
Length: 2 hr. 23 min.
Year of Release: 2003
USA Release: July 9, 2003 (wide)
Copyright, Walt Disneyclick photos to ENLARGE Copyright Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films Copyright Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films Copyright Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Set in the Caribbean Sea in the 17th century, this is the story of a gentleman rogue of a pirate, Jack Sparrow (Depp), who teams up with the daughter (Knightley) of a governor (Pryce) to stop the evil plan of a ship of dangerous pirates (led by Rush) who are trying to reverse an ancient curse that leaves them stuck between life and death, with the light of the moon revealing their skeletons, like some kind of undead monsters.
Relevant Issues
Copyright Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films

piracy and other sins

ghosts in the Bible

death and the final judgment

curses in the Bible


THE OCCULT—What does the Bible say about it? Answer

What is the Occult? Answer

Featuring Johnny DeppJack Sparrow
Geoffrey RushBarbossa
Orlando BloomWill Turner
Keira KnightleyElizabeth Swann
Jack Davenport … Norrington
Jonathan Pryce … Governor Weatherby Swann
Lee Arenberg … Pintel
Mackenzie Crook … Ragetti
Damian O'Hare … Lt. Gillette
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Director Gore Verbinski — “The Ring
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer

Good swashbucklers just aren’t in style anymore. It’s been years since a pirate has sailed into the box office and made movie making history. But the applause must go to Disney for this grand achievement which can truly be deemed an “epic.” Pirates of the Caribbean is in the grand old style of Errol Flynn. Not only are the sword fights grand, the escapes harrowing, and the cast top-notch, but the plot is truly brilliant and the two and a half hour pace never seems to lag. Most viewers will find themselves swept into an adventure unlike any other with a beautiful damsel in distress, a handsome rogue as her rescuer, and a motley crew of bloodthirsty buccaneers to provide the backdrop.

In the memorable opening scenes, the story begins on the deck of a British royal navy ship under the command of young Captain Norrington (Jack Davenport) and the Governor of Jamaica (Jonathan Pryce). His daughter Elizabeth is standing at the stern singing one of her favorite romantic odes about a band of pirates. But as the mist parts before the massive hull, she sees a half-dead boy clinging to a piece of driftwood. He’s brought on board and not a half dozen paces into the murky gloom they come upon the ruins of a merchant ship. Tending to the boy, whose name is William Turner, she discovers in his possession a gold piece stamped with a skull and crossbones. She takes it, believing him to be a pirate and not wanting her father to demand his arrest.

Years later, Elizabeth (Kiera Knightley, Bend it Like Beckham) still has the gold piece stashed in her dresser drawer. She takes it out one afternoon to wear it to Captain Norrington’s promotion ceremony. Her father is very impressed with the naval man and hopes Elizabeth might make a good match. But her heart belongs to Will Turner (Orlando Bloom, The Lord of the Rings), an apprentice to a blacksmith, and an expert sword maker. He, too, returns her affections but has never found the courage to speak of his love. Their fates are about to collide with the mysterious Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp, Sleepy Hollow), a former buccaneer in search of the legendary pirate ship The Black Pearl. His appearance at port makes quite a stir, particularly after he saves Elizabeth’s life… and then threatens it.

Captured by Norrington’s men and sentenced to hang for his crimes against humanity, Jack Sparrow is the only one who Will can turn to when his beloved Elizabeth is kidnapped by a dangerous crew of pirates under the command of the infamous Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush, Les Miserables, Quills, Shine). The piece of cold she possesses is the only link which will release the pirates from a terrible curse.

Though the plot may seem fairly cut and dried, the script is actually far more complex than a simple summary might surmise. Full of surprising plot twists, witty dialogue, excellent swordplay, and some truly astonishing CGI battles, “Pirates of the Caribbean” deserves a sailor’s welcome.

Much has been made over actor Johnny Depp “improvising” the character of Jack Sparrow. He really goes out on a limb with his interpretation of a slightly batty, overall likable, and sometimes downright sinister former (perhaps reformed, perhaps not) pirate captain. The thing is, it totally works. His gold-toothed smile, his half-slurred speech, and his “sea legs on land” stride never fails to engage a laugh. His own entrance to the film is particularly memorable, one of the movie’s best comic moments.

This is one of the most stunningly visual movies I’ve ever seen. The costuming was beautiful, the backdrop romantic, and some of the cinematography, like a pirate ship sailing under a full moon, downright jaw-dropping. This film deserves a number of Oscar nominations for merit alone, and that’s not including the excellent performances by Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, and British beauty Kiera Knightley. I also really enjoyed many aspects of the script, one of them being how gentlemanly both Elizabeth’s suitors are. Rather than quarrel over her, they reach a mutual agreement that she should be with the one she loves. The “loser” gracefully backs down and tactfully suggests the victor highly value her in return.

The first Disney movie to be released with a PG-13 rating, “Pirates of the Caribbean” is intended for teens and adults, not younger children. Many scenes are intense and violent, with explosions wracking city streets and setting other ships on fire. There are several strong thematic elements, including the intended death of main characters for evil purposes. (Only by shedding blood can the curse be broken.) The violence itself isn’t overly graphic and there’s very little blood.

Sensuality is mostly limited to low-cut period gowns. Women in one scene are presumably prostitutes, but their presence is part of a running gag. There are a few mild innuendoes that will go over most younger viewers’ heads. A woman’s corset is cut off because it’s strangling her. Language is limited to a few uses of the term “bloody.” (“Bloody pirates!”) One of the pirates has a wooden eyeball which he infrequently pops out to examine and complains of the “splinters.” While not being grisly, his eyeball is impaled in one scene by a fork (played for laughs), then pops out another time and rolls across the deck while he frantically attempts to retrieve it.

The aspect which will concern some Christian viewers is based on the entire premise of the film… an ancient curse placed upon the stolen gold by “the gods” of the Aztec Indians. Because of it, the pirates live a half life—they are neither alive nor dead, and in the moonlight are revealed as sinew and bones. (For people who’ve seen the trailer, this won’t come as a surprise.) The CGI involved is impressive, but younger children will be frightened by skeletons looming out of the darkness, teasing Elizabeth, attacking sailors on British ships, and engaging in fatal combat with main characters. These figures are very creepy and sometimes horrific, thus my encouragement that only older children be allowed to attend.

I’m very wary of “ghost stories.” I think too many of them border on the occult, but I never felt uncomfortable with this film, and I doubt many others would find it unsavory either. There’s enough humor to elevate some of the darker elements, and for once it’s eye candy which pays off for the two-plus hours spent in a cramped theater seat. But a final word of advice for those of ye brave enough to forge these waters… stay until after the closing credits. There’s a tantalizing little tidbit which will leave you thirsting for more.

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.

Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Positive—A movie that will delight and entertain, and send us from the theater with a big smile, and a desire to see it again and again. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Verbinski also deserve credit for making the film pretty family-friendly. With the complete absence of profane language and sexual content, this film is accessible to anyone who doesn’t mind the epic battles and scary pirates.

A big thumbs up to all involved who show that a terrific action-adventure blockbuster can be made without alienating some viewers with offensive content. This movie sits beside another Disney-produced gem, “Finding Nemo,” as one of the two best films of the summer. Here’s hoping that more great ones are on the way! Yo-ho!
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 5]
D.J. Williams, age 20
Positive—This was the most highly entertaining movie I’ve seen in years. This being a pirate movie, there was obviously some carousing, drinking and violence, but with very little blood and gore. There was also a story line that had to do with the “undead” which may be objectionable to some Christian viewers.

The most surprising thing was that there was not any profanity or taking of the Lord’s name in vain. That’s almost an miracle in this day and age. I would take my 12 year old to see this although it could be quite scary and unsettling to children who are younger.
My Ratings: [Average / 5]
Kristi Porter, age 37
Positive—I was somewhat hesitant in bringing my 8-yr old son and 10-yr old daughter to this movie because of reviews claiming intense violence. My 8-year got a little scared recently watching an edited version of Independence Day on network television, which added to my concern. But all went well with this pirate movie.

The war scenes are no worse and perhaps a little tamer than what I saw as a kid, watching old Errol Flynn and John Wayne movies. In fact, a little humor is brought into many of these scenes to offset the effects. It was easily distinguishable to both my children that the violence was fantasy-like in many instances, and not real. The amount of blood shown is minimal at worse, and wasn’t even mentioned by my wife who is turned off by violence in movies.

I wanted to bring my children, because movies without sex and objectionable language are few and far between. My wife enjoyed it also, and found the character played by Johnny Depp to be very amusing.
My Ratings: [Good / 4]
Mike G., age 48
Positive—This latest release from Disney was a pleasant surprise for me and my family. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire movie. Everyone in the theater, parents and children alike, LAUGHED! There were no body noises, no crude sexual double-entendre, no bare midrifts, everyone’s backside was completely covered, and the dialogue was intelligent and genuinely clever and humorous!

Keep up the good work, Disney! If I had to pick one thing to complain about, it would be the seeming obsession with exposing as much of the women’s breasts as they could get away with. I know they used period costumes and they are low-cut anyway, but some of them were a bit overdone, especially the women at the tavern and the maid who attended Elizabeth on the night their village was raided. I also must say that it was worth the price of admission to see Johnny Depp’s brilliant portrayal of the quick-witted, sharp-tongued, slightly nutty, boldly confident, and borderline genius Captain Jack Sparrow. He sort of made me think about what you’d get if you rolled into one person Alice Cooper, Prince, Mark Twain, and Mick Jagger, and sent him back in time.

I wouldn’t take any children under age 9 to see it, though. The skeletons, especially the monkey, are pretty creepy. The pirate with the false eyeball will probably gross you out, too. Overall, it is a great movie, and one we’ll probably buy when the DVD is released.
My Ratings: [Average / 4]
Anita Clay, age 41
Positive—After the film about Country Bears, I was a little worried about this one. Yet, Disney has proven me wrong with a twisting plot, a wonderful script, and swordfight that make Errol Flynn look like a sissy. I thought, however, that Ms. Swann’s loss of clothing (Which got less and less throughout the entire film) was not necessary. I would not say that this movie is for children; even my Mom jumped at the sight of the dead monkey-thing. Overall, great film, if you have young children, get a babysitter and endulge yourself in this fantastical world. Watch through the entire credits, there is a surprise at the end!
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 4]
Jaclyn, age 19
Positive—With two teenagers at home, it is difficult to find quality movies to enjoy as a family. “Pirates” fit the bill. As expected, the action scenes and effects are great, but the story doesn’t suffer. In fact, the story is quite good—simple good versus evil, with some complexities, “Whose side is he on?” While there is a curse regarding the gold, it is not done in an offensive manner and does illustrate the cost of the lifestyle choices we make. Highly recommended!
My Ratings: [Good / 5]
Karen, age 44
Positive—This movie was so fun I saw it two days in a row! It has no sex, hardly any swearing (if any, I can’t remember), but quite a bit of violence. It’s not a kid’s movie by any stretch of the imagination, and it’s far too long for most kid’s to sit through. But I think it would be fine for kids 12 or 13 and up. This is my faveorite movie of the year,so far,and that’s saying a lot ’cause I really enjoyed The Hulk, X2 and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. I have been looking forward to this movie for a very long time,and it exceeded my excpectations in every way. Great scenery, great acting, great plot, etc.

It was quite long (2 and half hours actually) but it whizzed past both times I saw it.I highly recommend this movie to anyone who has been waiting for an awesome pirate movie. It’s the epitome of “adventure on the high seas.”
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 4]
Caleb Thiessen, age 19
Positive—Anyone who has taken their children to see “Lord of the Rings” will certainly not object to this movie when it comes to the violence or scariness of the creatures (in this case skeleton pirates). I did not catch any bad language and there were no sex scenes. There was a lot of humor that my children perhaps did not grasp, but I laughed aloud several times. No real hidden spiritual implications to this movie, however the “curse” might bother some Christians. It was just a fun, summer movie.
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 4]
Chris H., age 37
Positive—As a Christian parent, I was a little reluctant to go see this movie due to the pirate theme and how Disney would handle this potentially volatile subject matter. Would we see an excuse for sex and violence thinly disguised on the big screen, for example? Or hear foul language mixed with blasphemous oaths? However, six of us were all pleasantly surprised and came away feeling that we had had a very enjoyable night out.

The exciting swashbuckling storyline, full of humor, action, high drama and innocent, not steamy, romance, coupled with codes of honor(even among pirates, who were not disappointing in their grossness and hideousness)left us feeling that, for a change, we had experienced pretty good value for money. What “Princess Bride” did for women (and most men enjoyed it too), “Pirates” does for men, and we can be sure almost everyone will like this one too. A big summer movie and I would see it again. The casting was excellent.
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 4]
Christopher Winter, age 48
Positive—Unlike some recent films (The Musketeer, Godzilla, Solaris, etc.) this movie is not an genre disappointment. On the contrary, it is a high-sea swashbuckling spectacle that truly entertains. Some things should be noted, however. As someone has already said, this film is not for kids. The violence—while not excessively graphic—is severe and explicit at times, about what can be seen in “The Lord of the Rings.” The film’s most troublesome content comes when, due to a deadly curse, a crew of pirates are cast as unsightly decomposing (and living!) skeletons in the pale moonlight. This single element alone may be enough to convince some not to venture into the murky waters. [Fortunately, there is no profanity or sex of which to speak].

If the film has a moviemaking weakness, it is that it feels a slightly drawn out, and is somewhat lacking in the kind of heart that gave “The Mask of Zorro” and “The Count of Monte Cristo” a noteworthy thrilling effect. As for the ending, the reaction and response of the British officers toward certain persons’ actions feels forced and unrealistic. Yet taken as a whole, the swordfighting, commandeering, and other thrills of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” takes you on an enjoyable ride.
My Ratings: [Average / 4]
Matt, age 22
Positive—I took 4 kids to see this from ages 11 to 6 years of age. We had visited the Disney web-site and seen the trailer (several times) so they were not the least bit scared. We all thought it was great. Some of the jokes were over their heads that I found myself laughing out loud to. There was a lot of drinking but really didn’t take away from the story. There was very little if any bad language and no sexual scenes! Hooray! The movie makes you want to visit the ride at Disney Land.
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 5]
Debbie, age 37
Positive—I have to agree with one national movie critic, who said the film is “glorious.” My husband and I completely enjoyed this movie! The special effects were superb, the acting phenomenal, especially Johnny Depp and the lack of foul language, sex, and extreme bloody violence was refreshing. We both felt the movie moved along quite nicely and didn’t feel like it was over 2 hours. For those of us who’ve experienced the theme-park ride at Disney, it was especially a hoot to see the film include some of those images. We came away saying we HAVE to see this movie again!
My Ratings: [Good / 5]
Beth, age 37
Positive—Just a thought: Let me first say that this is one of the best FAMILY movies of our time. A sigh of relief that Hollywood has produced a quality film without lacing it with profanity and grotesque realism. For a relaxing time of pure entertainment, you can’t get much better than to let Johnny Depp take you along in this one. Johnny Depp, by the way, was brilliant. I’ll leave it at that. Here’s my thought though. And it’s just a caution to those who may have been so caught up in the movie itself (which is easy to do) that they left out one key ingredient of discernment. That is worldview.

The Pirates of the Caribean was unusually non-offensive. But the one caution I would have would be the worldview displayed. This being, that the villains in our world can be good men. This is a popular theme in our day and age and we need to be on guard of the subtelty in which this message can be presented. Watch the movie. Enjoy it. Have a great time! But don’t leave the necessity to look at EVERYTHING from a distinctively Christ-like worldview at the door.
My Ratings: [Good / 5]
Nathan, age 18
Neutral—Putting aside the length of the movie, there were still times in which the movie dragged a little. A lot of teens today will love it and it should be commended for its lack of profanity; however, I don’t think that anyone should commend Disney for resorting to PG and PG-13 movies. Disney is supposed to be for children—something that you could sit your children in front of and not have to be there to explain inappropriate situations, words, or actions.

I was very disappointed to see a “wet-T-shirt” view (close up) within the first fifteen minutes of the movie followed by a view down the top of a woman’s blouse (repeatedly) a short time later. Although the violence was not graphic by “today’s” standards, there was still a very high body count and individuals were stabbed, punched, shot, etc. in most scenes.

As a Christian, I was not too pleased with the “everlasting” lives of the “undead” pirates, but it was not as scary as portrayed in the advertisements; just kind of gross and a lot of viewers will get a laugh. There are still some really funny parts, but watching Captain Jack Sparrow stagger around as if drunk through the entire movie does get old. All in all, there will be many who will love this movie.
My Ratings: [Average / 2]
Roxane, age 49
Negative—…We found there to be a definite undercurent of evil and blackness in this movie. The curse, the need for a blood sacrifice, the use of the phrase “let’s scare the be-J_____ out of them,” the acceptance at the end of the movie that sometime piracy is okay, the glorifying of alcoholic consumption, all make for a very wrong message. This movie did not border on the occult, it embraced it, and hid it in humor so that it would be more acceptable… I wonder how many other Christians have been so desensitized to evil that they are no longer uncomfortable with it!!
Ian and Pat Lievers
NegativeProverbs 2:6-9, 12-15 in The Holy Bible (New Living Translation) says: For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, …Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted. These men turn from the right way to walk down dark paths. They take pleasure in doing wrong, and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil. Their actions are crooked, and their ways are wrong.

[With no anger toward anyone, just offense toward the themes in this movie]: Looking to discern and weigh this movie with The Holy Bible—This was my second viewing [on cable] of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”. This time around, scenes that earlier grieved were now even more grievous. Based on the above scripture, set aside all of the quality of film-craft and being swept off ones feet by an action-adventure and one shall clearly see the troubling themes in this movie. …When pirates repeatedly enjoy making a fool of the “just” and killing various naval sailors [with integrity, the naval sailors ways are to protect order and keep sailing vessels safe.]

Yet to be fair, [back in that century] hanging of pirates “was” questionable after merely listing their offenses. When Captain Jack offers a twisted financial deal [based on percentages of the “bounty”] to rejoin the pirates in a fleet of plunder, what we don’t see is all the thievery and death that would take place to get the bounty. Today there are real pirates in the world who do unspeakable acts of thievery and murder, but we don’t think about that. The themes in this movie are supposed to be entertainment?
My Ratings: Offensive / 2½
RSC James, age 45
Comments from young people
Positive—I really didn’t think I’d enjoy this movie, but I did. Very little offensive language at all. It was so many things rolled into one. Action, comedy, a little scary and even a love story. I’d guess this movie is “suitable” for ages 10+. There were references to Aztec gods, but other than that, this movie was awesome, and I’d definitely go and see it again. GREAT MOVIE!
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 4]
Cynthia, age 16
Positive—This was an awesome movie! Very VERY entertaining w/ little blood and gore. The violence isn’t too bad, but you wouldn’t want to take small children to see this one. Some of the images may scare smaller children. I say, this movie is best suited for ages. 10+ .There are a couple of references to the Aztec gods which some Christians may find offensive, as well as a curse upon the pirates that allow them to never die until the curse is lifted. Very little profanity in this movie. Overall, I’d say it’s a masterpiece.
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 4]
Jacob Boyd, age 15
Positive—Wow. This movie was EXCELLENT! It was well worth the price. As a 15 year old, the scenes everyone is complaining about really didn’t bother me. It’s obviously fiction, and I think the people who go in to see the movie know that. My only complaint is the length of the movie—it could have been a little bit shorter.
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 5]
Jenn, age 15
Positive—“Pirates…” takes many surprising and fun twists and turns throughout the movie, and added with a talented cast and a lengthy but interesting plot it was one of the more enjoyable movies I’ve viewed this summer. Of course, one should expect that in a PG-13 pirate movie there would be some objectionable material. The swordplay is mostly clean with a few blood-drawing swipes here and there, but the skeletal pirates might frighten children under 12, and there is a scene that contains mild alcohol-influenced behavior. Quirky Johnny Depp and zany Geoffrey Rush were the comic relieves along with the whole nutty cast of pirates. Though it didn’t really send a clear moral message, it was lots of fun and provided some fresh wit and humor to liven up the summer.
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 4]
Amy, age 16
Positive—This film was EXCELLENT! Anyone 10+ should see it! Johnny Depp is hilarious and so are some of the skeleton crew. But be warned, this movie is not in a Christian perspective, and there is SOME objectionable stuff in it. All in all, this was a great movie and my pick of the summer!
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 5]
Gwen M., age 14
Positive—“Pirates of the Caribbean” is definitely one of the best and the cleanest movie of the summer. Movie-wise, the story is quite simple, the effects are commendable, but the acting was just phenomenon. Depp shines as the comedic, looney, but many-layered Captain Jack Sparrow. Bloom and Knightley are both convincing as the pair of noble, courageous lovers.

From a moral and Christian perspective, the movie has its good points and its downfalls. It’s violent, but there’s not a lot of blood, and no gore at all. Anyone above the age of 10 should be able to handle the fighting and the skeletons. There’s also no foul language and no sex. In fact, the two lovers, Will and Elizabeth don’t even kiss until the final scene. Their love is strictly in the Austen, 18th-Century rules-of-propriety fashion. They are willing to sacrifice their own safety and desires for each other; this is one of the most positive aspects of the movie.

The worst aspect, morally, is probably condoning pirates (consequently also the theft, greed, and murder that comes along with it), but it is a movie about pirates. The movie also advocates revenge. The main moral lesson of the movie is questionable, you can take it and apply it in a Christian perspective with Christian theology, or you can use it to oppose fundamental Christian doctrine. Basically, one of the most emphasized lines in the movie is (regarding the pirate code) “they’re more like guidlines, not actual rules,” and the movie’s major point is that a man could be a pirate and still a good man.

This is most embodied in the character of Jack Sparrow, who at first glance, seems to be the epitome of the moral dissolution of pirates. However, his actions show that he is not vile at heart, as he risks his life to save Will and Elizabeth.

Will is also a noble, chivalrous character who righteously opposes pirates in the beginning until he learns that being a pirate doesn’t have to compromise one’s virtues. This lesson could be, as I have said, taken in an anti-Christian theology manner, for our God is a holy God and cannot tolerate “mostly good” humans apart from the grace of Christ’s blood. His rules are rules, not just guidelines, and any bit of sin is damnable. However, it can also be looked at from a biblical perspective, reminding us the dangers of legalism, self-righteousness, and judging by appearance only, lest we become the pharisees who condemned Christ for healing a man on the Sabbath.

The bottom line is that the movie-making quality is great, and if you are a strong Christian with some discernment, you can enjoy the movie too.
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 4]
Nancy, age 16
Positive—This movie was awesome! Really entertaining! With little language the fighting scenes were violent but with little blood. I wouldn’t recommend this for young kids because there’s some scary moments involving the pirates turning into skeletons. I would recommend this movie for anyone 10 and older. The special effects were awesome and the acting was good. The only thing that might be objectable for dome parents is that the pirates our cursed and there’s some comments about the aztec gods. overall it was really good.
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 5]
Grant Luebe, age 13
Positive—I loved this movie, I would say its one of my favorites now! I’ve already seen it twice, and I’ll probably go see it again. I don’t remember any profanity, and only a few sensual/sex instances, where the pirates wanted the girl to eat with them naked, but she decided not to, and a few ladies show a little cleavage. There was a lot of violence and action, but nothing gory or disturbing. I recommend this movie to anyone 10 and up. Don’t wait to rent it, go see it now in the theaters!
My Ratings: [Good/ 5]
Christina, age 14
Positive—I enjoyed this movie greatly! As an avid fan of “The Lord of the Rings” movies, I was especially looking forward to seeing Orlando Bloom as something other than an elf. My favorite character though was Jack Sparrow. Jonny Depp’s portrayal of the slightly insane, charming, and very unpredictable pirate was delightful! There is very little profanity, and I didn’t leave the theater feeling “uugghhh!”. I have seen this once, and plan to see it at least one more time. I would not recommend this for anyone under the age of 11 or so (I have my little sister in mind) but it is an overall great family movie! Best movie of the summer!
My Ratings: [Good / 4]
Natalie, age 16
Positive—I watched this movie a few years ago on an airplane, and I immediately deemed it as one of my favorites of all time. There are almost no movies made as well as this one. The violence is existent and heavy at times, though this is one of the best things about the movie. I don’t remember any cursing (though it is really hard to hear on an airplane). As for the occultism, it is not portrayed as good; and besides, this is fiction, not real life magic-being-good stuff found in Harry Potter. I strongly recommend this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
Valentino, age 13 (Italy)
Movie Critics
…delivers the kind of rousing, swashbuckling adventure that hasn’t been seen since Errol Flynn last swung a cutlass…
Michael Elliot, Movie Parables
…floods the screen with rough-house action and comic adventure.
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
…Lighthearted Swashbuckler …some strong pagan and occult elements… plenty of action violence and some scary violence… living skeleton men… no sex scenes…
Ted Baehr, Movieguide
…This is not a children’s movie. …abundance of violence… causalities—but nothing graphic. …incredible special effects and superb cast make it a memorable movie…
Holly McClure, CrossWalk
…quite violent with a large body count, though there’s not a lot of blood…
Bob Smithouser, Plugged In, Focus on the Family
…a movie that charms the audience and then outstays its welcome.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
…Trimming half an hour from this bloated, 143-minute blockbuster would have highlighted the film’s treasures…
Lou Lumenick, New York Post
Comments from non-viewers
Negative—…While I agree, what I saw of the movie did not take the Lord’s name in vain, the Undead/ghost pirate ship is another shining example of movies promoting the occult with ghosts and curses. The Bible is quite clear we are to have nothing to do with spirits of the dead/demons, could the movie not have been equally done without making that crew dead. Hats off to them for all the other wonderful elements, but as a Christian I turned it off when the ghosts rolled out.
Scott, age 44 (Canada)