'The Pirates! Band of Misfits' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   3 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   155 reviews
  • Adam Markovitz Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    Even when the whimsy in The Pirates! Band of Misfits's history-be-damned story (which also ropes in Charles Darwin) feels a bit forced, the magic of the medium never does.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    A curiosity cabinet of visual pleasures but so breezy and lightly funny that you may not realize at first how good it is. (You're too busy grinning.)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    It is effortlessly and unassumingly funny - and terrifically smart.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    Sure-footed, witty and zany fun.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    63
    It makes for an experience that, while geared toward younger, more fidgety audiences, has enough humor to keep Mom and Dad from falling asleep.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Russo Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    The movie looks meticulously crafted, of course, and is consistently, drily amusing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    A script that consistently finds fresh outlets for its running gags makes for a sufficiently rollicking pleasure cruise from Britain's Aardman Animations...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    The result is indeed a rollicking good time, even if Aardman's ambitions don't quite dazzle as usual.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bruce Diones New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The action is beautifully staged, delightful, and exciting.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nell Minow Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    Another deliriously silly stop-motion animation delight from Aardman, filled with giddy pleasures and witty details.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    A few hours after seeing the 3-D version of "The Pirates!" I was smiling at the memory of the best bits, some so fleeting they practically dare an audience to catch them on the fly.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    This splashy sendup is a dead man's chest of laughs.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    I wouldn't use it as a study guide for Victorian history, though it would be fun to see the reaction on the teacher's face when the test was graded.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Leslie Felperin Variety (Top Critic)
    After dipping its toes into pure CG animation for Arthur Christmas, Aardman integrates its feted old-school stop-motion technique with top-drawer visual effects to create the irrepressibly amusing The Pirates! Band of Misfits.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sara Stewart New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    The joyfully silly gags in "Pirates!" often feel old-fashioned in a "Looney Tunes"-esque way...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    Purists can rest easy. This marriage doesn't scupper Aardman's classic clay-based animated heritage and the script is still filled with the kind of dry laughs only the Brits can conjure up, with many of the jokes of the visual variety.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • William Goss Film.com (Top Critic)
    To paraphrase a certain man with a certain luxuriant beard, it's only impossible to enjoy if you stop to think about it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jennie Punter Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    Designed to please all generations of irreverent humour-lovers, The Pirates! Band of Misfits may not be heart-warming (it is about nasty, scurvy pirates!) but it's breezy rollicking fun.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    The Pirates!, like previous Aardman productions, is not just for kids.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • John DeFore Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    A delightful romp whose varied pleasures should please kids all along the age spectrum.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    The movie ... is a cheerful entertainment, suitable for kids and parents of the brighter stripe. It's just not Nick Park great.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
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  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    80
    A clever piece of business that is a complete pleasure to experience.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed
    63
    This is one of the few times I watched something from Aardman and found myself watching the clock...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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