Box art for Pirates of the Caribbean:On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean:On Stranger Tides

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

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
    33%
  • Audience Score
    54%

common sense

ON for kids age 12
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
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

3 stars

It's not as bad as everyone says. It's just missing the playfulness of the first two films.

- roygutteridge, Wednesday, January 11, 2012

3 stars

It's not as bad as everyone says. It's just missing the playfulness of the first two films.

- roygutteridge, Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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