Box art for Pirates of the Caribbean:On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean:On Stranger Tides

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure

Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. A tale of truth, betrayal, youth, demiseand mermaids!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

ON for kids age 12
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
3 out of 5

More swashbuckling + less violence = OK for older tweens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series is actually slightly less violent and creepy than the previous movies. But rum and wine do still flow in a couple of scenes, and there are loads of innuendo-laden comments (most thanks to Johnny Depp's iconic Captain Jack Sparrow) -- as well as all of the swordfighting, explosions, and felled pirates and soldiers that audiences are used to in this franchise. Though there are some deaths, none are bloody/graphic. And although this movie isn't an age-appropriate pick for young kids who might be frightened by some of the pirates and fighting, this shorter-and-simpler edition is fine for older tweens and up.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the popularity of the Pirates movies. What makes these stories so compelling? Why are even the youngest moviegoers so drawn to pirates?
  • Even though pirates are technically thieves and "bad guys," it's hard not to root for characters like Captain Jack. Why is that? What would make him a villain?
  • Did you miss any of the characters from the earlier movies who weren't in this one? Why do you think the filmmakers decided not to bring them back?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Depp, back again as the swashbuckling miscreant who favors guy-liner and gold, somehow manages to keep this ship of fools afloat. But just barely.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, May 19, 2011

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Johnny Depp wanted another island in the Bahamas so they decided to make this abomination of a movie. Chances are you still paid to go and watch it.

- fb7018436, Friday, January 6, 2012

3 stars

Cast: Johnny Depp, Pen (C)lope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Gemma Ward, Judi Dench, Sam Claflin, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Richard Griffiths, Keith Richards Director: Rob Marshall Summary: Cunningly clumsy Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) meets his match when mysterious beauty Angelica (Pen (C)lope Cruz) forces the pirate to join her in search of the Fountain of Youth in the fourth installment of the humorous and action-packed "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise. Sparrow tries to determine whether Angelica is friend or foe while the riotous adventure sets him aboard a vessel belonging to the fearsome pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane). My Thoughts: "I had really enjoyed the first two films of this series, but I guess the light of interest is slowly burning out for me. Not having Orlando or Keira in the movie made it feel like something was missing. Their presence in these films was surely missed. It seems like they just threw a story together just to make another film. Although it is an entertaining film and I did enjoy some of the new character's, I just couldn't bring myself to love it."

- LWOODS04, Tuesday, December 13, 2011

3 stars

I wasn't expecting much after the reviews and knowing some of the main characters from the previous ones were not in it. However I have to say it was pretty decent, still with a strong cast and plenty of the original cast, lots of action and the typical humour from the franchise. It might not be quite up to the level of the first 2 films, but it was still enjoyable.

- Deano78, Tuesday, September 4, 2012