A.B. Allen’s review published on Letterboxd:
Bigger, messier, more its own thing. Significantly less accessible than Black Pearl, viewer’s mileage on this one will vary heavily, but for me it’s the bread and butter of what makes Pirates, Pirates.
Brilliantly staged set pieces keep the material moving even as it threatens to collapse under the weight of its own spectacle by the end of act three. It’s a great credit to Verbinski’s directorial precision that the split second a sequence is about to outstay its welcome he moves on. This movie would've fallen to pieces in the hands of most other filmmakers. In his, the chaos of it becomes a strength. A wildly unhinged swashbuckling journey. Equal parts Indiana Jones and Evil Dead but with miles more emotional depth than either.