Javier Bardem, taking up a fine villain mantle previously worn by Geoffrey Rush, Bill Nighy, and Ian McShane, spits and shivers and has great fun as Salazar, the leader of yet another army of undead mariners. Rønning and Sandberg wisely lavish attention on the work of their crack visual-effects team, who animate every living corpse with loving detail.
So far, "Dead Men Tell No Tales" has a 31 percent rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes. OUCH!
Many critics agree with Film Threat's Bernard Boo, who writes:
This PG-13 middle-ground just doesn’t seem like it’ll satisfy any demographic fully, and while the film treats us to a handful of genuinely fun set pieces and a couple of standout performances, the rest of its elements feel too safe and mass-manufactured to save this sinking series.