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Film Review: Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow

Release date

18 May 2011

The plot

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is the fourth big sea adventure of the series and this time it's in 3D!

Captain Jack Sparrow's latest quest sees him in search of the fountain of youth and a magical drink to give him a longer life. Sounds simple right? But life on the high seas is never that straightforward!

Before he can find the fountain he has to find a ship, lead a mutiny, fight off some fearsome mermaids and come face to face with another Captain Jack!

Jack and his new crew end up in race against the tides to reach the fountain and before his old enemy Captain Barbossa. But who will get there first?

The stars

Penelope Cruz as Angelica in Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides
Penelope Cruz plays the part of new pirate Angelica

Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow, but this time he's sailing solo without his old ship mates Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann. Instead, there's a new lady pirate called Angelica on the scene to cause the captain loads of trouble.

And you won't be able to miss bad tempered pirate Blackbeard who is set to give Jack a rough ride. Keep an eye out for the mischievous mermaids too - they're a lot scarier than they look!

Best bits

Captain Jack is back on top form in the film. It's impossible not to laugh out loud at the silly situations and his amazing escapes!

We especially loved watching Jack pinging on palm trees to get away from the bad guys.

Any weak bits?

Sometimes the plot was a bit confusing and it was hard to tell who was chasing who!

Hit or miss?

Hit! The film isn't as good as the first two Pirates of the Caribbean movies, but it's hard not to love watching Captain Jack's latest high sea adventure!

NR rating:

Three out of five rating

Your Comments

This is what you had to say about it...

"This film is awesome!"

Brogan, 9, Sheffield, England

"I went to see it today. It's a fantastic film with a brilliant plot and I loved Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow. I think he's a brillant actor. I would definitely recommend it. 10/10!"

Joy, 12, N. Ireland

"I love this film, but my favourite was the first ever one!"

Harry, 11, Wales

"Cool, scary and awesome - the best one!"

Cara, 8, Edinburgh, Scotland

"Pirates 4 was so awesome!!"

Harry, 11, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

"It is hilarious and action-packed with crazy pirates!!"

Jules, 11, Norwich, England

"It's great!"

Bill, 10, England

"It's really good!"

Vicky, 10, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales

"I love this film! Me and my mate love Johnny Depp and we are going to the premiere of POTC5! Can't wait! I love all the POTC films but this one was the funniest!"

Danielle, 13, Staffordshire, England

"I loved it! I saw it with my dad two weeks after it was first out. I told my teacher all about it and she wants to see it now."

Chloe, 10, Lancashire, England

"AWESOME! I've already watched it three times! I can't wait til the next one is out!"

Joel, 10, Cheltenham, England

"This disappointed me. It wasn't as good as the other films, it's like they ran out of ideas and decided to make this for the sake of a bit of publicity."

Michael, 10, Gloucestershire, England

"Awsome! Better than all the others- if you haven't watched it I recommend you do!"

James, 11, Gloucestershire, England

"I thought it was FANTASTIC!! I went to see it with my friend. Angelica the new pirate in it is so funny, a good actress! In one word: fantastic!"

Lauren, 12, Scotland

"This film is really good! My favourite part is when they save the mermaid from dying."

Theresa, 13, Hertfordshire, England

"The film is amazing and has some great humour in it!"

Georgia, 12, Bristol, England

"I love it! It's the coolest film in the world!"

Drew, 8, England

"I have only seen half of it but the part that I did see blew my mind. It was devastating- we were moved to another screening at the cinema because it was broken. Johnny Depp is always great but it is a shame that Kiera Knightley and Orlando Bloom aren't in it this year."

Aimee, 12, Buckinghamshire, England

"POTC is one of my favourite movie series and On Stranger Tides is brilliant! I loved it when he was in Buckingham Palace (or at least that's where I think he was), when he was escaping and he randomly pinched a scone and ate it!"

Elle, 9, Falkirk, Scotland


Rosie, 9, Cheshire, England

"I watched this with a group of my friends, Lisa, Amber, Lauren, Hannah, Amy and Stacy and we all loved it! We are big fans of Pirates of the Caribbean but thought it was a shame that Elizabeth and Will had left. Jack Sparrow was great as always."

Livia, 11, Bristol, England

"On Stranger Tides has a different story to the other three so people should stop comparing it to those! It is the best out of the four. I saw the film a week after it came out and it was brilliant! I see no point in the 12a rating as there is only one minor swear word in the whole film. "

Verity, 12, Buckinghamshire, England

"Good film, better than 2 and 3. Can't decide if it is better than 1!"

Ben, 11, Norfolk, England

"It is the most adventurous Pirates of the Caribbean out of all of them."

Lauren, 11, South Shields, England

"It was amazing! My favourite part was when the Spanish came and messed everything up. I also liked the part with the mermaids!"

Katie, 10, Norfolk, England

"I love this film and I would recommend it to anyone who loves action films and Johnny Depp. He is so funny in this particular film!"

Charlie, 9, Surrey, England

"Johnny Depp is a very good actor. I want to be like him because he has very cool stuff like swords, and I like the bit where he fights. I want his hair because it has beads in it!"

Harry, 5, Devon, England

"It was a really good film and I loved it, but I thought the second one was better."

Adam, 12, Kent, England


Joseph, 10, Cheltenham, England

"I find the story very creative and a really good and funny movie for adults and children!"

Cece, 10, Switzerland

"I thought that the film was great but it was to scary for my brother. I hope you will carry on making other great movies like that!"

Camille, 8, Manchester, England

"A bit rubbish to be honest. X-Men First Class is so much better!"

Joe, 13, Shrewsbury, England

"The film is excellent but it's not really funny as the first one."

Albert, 9, Essex, England

"The story line is very good and you get hooked into it easily. Brilliant film!"

Ben, 13, Hertforshire, England

"I really enjoyed the film because Johnny Depp was so funny."

Shena, 13, Hertfordshire, England

"I thought this film was really good! It was funny and I'll be making sure I buy the DVD to add to my collection."

William, 13, Hertfordshire, England

"I love this film and Johnny Depp!"

Brandon, 11, London, England

"I didn't think it was as good as the trilogy. Amusing, but a bit boring! 7/10"

Bethany, 12, Reading, England

"I love this movie, it is way better than the other three. Johnny Depp is amazing, can't wait for number five!"

Faizah, 12, Bradford, England

"It was the worst film in the world, it would be better to go see Cars 2."

Jordon, 10 Bradford, England

"I went to watch it with my friends, it was alright, but it definitely wasn't as good as the first three"

Qaz, 12, Lancashire, England

"I thought it was brilliant , also very funny and made me jump twice! I am going to get it on DVD."

Connie, 7, Norwich, England

"It is amazing but not scary."

Oscar, 12, Northamptonshire, England

"Very cool, interesting, scary, full of adventure and funny situations. It is like a race between the two captains, Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa. I like all his films, funny and unforgettable!"

Sovanneth, 12, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

"I think that Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides is really really good."

Leo, 7, Kirklees, England

"Great film, but I like the first one better. Come on Johnny mate!"

Megan, 10, Lanarkshire, Scotland

"I have to admit, it's not as good as the last three films, but it is still incredibly creative, funny and Johnny Depp is amazing!"

Hannah, 11, Wirral, England

"It was very good, but I think they should have made Black Beard more scary!"

Olivia, 12, Manchester, England

"Very fun and I really recommend it."

Ali, 12, London, England

"Can't wait for number five. The only bad part is that I wish Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightly were in the movie with their son."

Shayna, 13, Massachusetts, USA


Bob, 7, Cumbria, England

"This is an amazing film. I would recommend it to anyone. With some new characters including killer mermaids, it's a must see!"

Rebekah, 13, Warwickshire, England

"I think this movie is good and I love Johnny Depp, but it's way too long for anyone who goes and sees it."

Sophie, 14, Dudley, England

"AMAZING! This film is nothing but amazing. I am a huge fan of all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, but I think this one beats all of them. A must-see film, I strongly recommend it."

Jasmine, 11, Hartlepool, England

"This movie is fantastic! I think Johnny Depp suits Jack Sparrow perfectly! Every character was great in the movie but I LOVED Johnny Depp!!"

Natalie, 13, England

"It was awesome! It kept me laughing and hanging of the edge of my seat!"

Jade, 9, Leicestershire, England

"I think Pirates of the Caribbean is a great film I have really enjoyed watching them over and over again. I think Johnny Depp is a really good actor and is always funny, my favourite would have to be the fourth film, because they put a lot of imagination into it. I think it will make money and I hope there's a new one."

Amelia, 10, Kent, England

"It's amazing! Johnny Depp is the only person that can make a character look silly, funny, and clever at the same time!"

Heath, 11, Perth, Australia

"A lot of people have said that they have thought the film was rubbish. But I found it very good."

Beth, 13, Stoke, England

I really enjoyed the film it was sometimes hard to keep up with, but it's thrilling fun and a great family film!

Kiah, 11, Devon, England

"I went to see the premiere and once I sat down in my seat I knew it was going to be a really good film, and I was right."

Beatrice, 8, Surrey, England

"I thought it was terrible. It just kept on dragging on."

Anisah, 12, Scotland

"I went to see it with one of my friends and it was absolutely brilliant."

Eleanor, 2, Cambridgeshire, England

"I loved it! I watched it the Saturday it came out and I thought it was awesome!"

Zelhia 9, Surrey, England

"It was totally amazing and I have recommended it to all of my friends! A definite must-see!"

Aimee, 11, Merseyside, England

"Excellent film worth five stars. Excellent work keep it up."

Cameron, 13, Birmingham, England

"I think it is really good, but it's not better than the first film."

Alex, 11, Loughborough, England

"It was the best one so far but I think they should have kept the old actors."

Fify, 11, London, England

"Really great movie, I can't wait for number 5 since they left a lot of questions open. I really miss Orlando Bloom, I only like him with the Will Turner look. Number three will always be my favourite though."

Shayna, 13, Massachusetts, USA

"I think this movie is spectacular and unforgettable!"

Cory, 10, London, England

"I watched this movie the first day it first came out and I thought the movie was so good! I loved it! I'm a HUGE FAN of Johnny Depp and Pirates Of The Caribbean. It was really good and funny!"

Zeliha, 9, Staffordshire, England

"It's rubbish. It got two star reviews from a magazine! I think it's dragging on a bit!"

Sally, 12, Winchester, England

"I think this film is fabulous and it is the best film so far!"

Owen, 9, Rotherham, England

"I been to see the movie in 3D it was brilliant Johnny Depp is a great actor."

Hannah, 11, Wales

"I think this movie is great and fun to watch!"

Sabba, 10, Rochdale, England

"Brilliant! I hope there's another!"

Sion, 9, Cardiff, Wales

"I thought it was amazing!"

Robyn, 6, Lanarkshire, England

"A really good film, but I do miss the original actors!"

Rhea, 11, Kent, England

"Brilliant film! Absolutely brilliant characters and a big big adventure! Full ratings definitely."

Grace, 9, Cheshire, England

"WOW! I never thought that they would be making a fourth one!"

Josie, 13, London, England

"Well this film is just utterly amazing. It has really good action sequences and the actors were amazing in it."

Haroon, 10, London, England

"Love this film! It made me cry and made me really emotional... but what a great film! I loved it!"

James, 11, Gloucestershire, England

"It was really thrilling and funny! Captain Jack is hilarious! Although I do miss the original actors."

Ella, 12, Bristol, England

"I love the Pirates of the Caribbean!"

Ruby, 9, Canterbury, England

"Amazing, the best film ever. I hope there are more!!"

Joe, 14, Surrey, England

"Really good, a must see film of the decade. So good!!"

Ellie, 13, Manchester, England

"It's not good, I was bored all the way through."

Scott, 14, Cumbria, England

"Hilarious and really action-packed. A definite must-see."

Alex, 13, Coventry, England

"I LOVED it! I'm a HUGE FAN of Johnny Depp and Pirates Of The Caribbean."

Margaret, 2, Glasgow, England

"Good but not as good as the last one."

Joseph, 12, Surrey, England

"WOW! I'm speechless!"

Usayd, 11, Kent, England

"Awesome movie!!"

Zoe, 12, London, England

"Well then to start it could have done better. I mean the past movies were fab, but this one could have had a better plot than this."

Millie, 11, Leicester, England

"I went to go and see the film on Saturday and I loved it! And as a bonus I got to meet a lookalike of Johnny Depp!"

Amber, 10, West Yorkshire, England

"It is the best film in the WORLD. I can't wait to watch it again when it's on DVD and it's great when it's in 3D."

Vincent, 13, London, England

"This film is great"

Georgia, 10, London, England

"I thought the movie was quite good."

Elizabeth, 10, Manchester, England

"The movie is really good."

Smiler, 12, Kent, England

"I think this movie is brilliant!"

Helen, 9, County Armagh, Northern Ireland

"The 4th Pirates Of The Caribbean movie is brilliant! I saw it with my brother and in my opinion it was very good and funny. Loved it!!"

Vinny, 12, Somerset, England

"This was the best Pirates Of The Caribbean movie, because of its humour and action."

Will, 11, Brussels, England

"I watched this movie the Wednesday it first came out and I thought the movie was good, however I don't think that it was the best out of them all. Personally, the first one will always be the best to me. However, in all of the Pirate movies, Jack Sparrow, (Johnny Depp) had amazing acting! He's been one of my favourite actors since he started acting in the Pirate films. Overall, I love Pirates Of The Caribbean and they've done a really good job on all the movies!"

Nikki, 12, London, England

"I love Pirates Of The Caribbean! This is very nice."

Laure, 11, Rennes, France

"I think this film is rubbish, the first two were the best, now it's just going on a bit."

Sally, 12, Winchester, England

"Captain Jack Sparrow is on top form in this fourth instalment of a great trilogy!"

Patrick , 13, Glasgow Scotland

"It was really good and funny. I love Johnny Depp!"

Savannah, 13, North London, England