'The Pirates! Band of Misfits' Critic Reviews
TV Guide's Movie Guide
The Pirates! Band of Misfits is cinematic booty that shines like gold.
The Pirates! is the first truly great animated film of the year: a painstakingly-modelled laugh riot that boggles the mind while tickling the funnybone.
This is a good Aardman Animations feature, from a studio that's proved itself capable of being better than good.
Though not as laugh-out-loud funny as their best work, there's plenty of wry smiles to be had.
It's got great vocal talent and well-done animation, but it proves once again that the story is the key ingredient.
We Got This Covered
A rollicking good time that offers enough broad comedy mixed with more cerebral sight gags to ensure this will be a family favourite for years to come.
It's full of jokes for adults that will fly right over kids' heads, but retains just enough plot conflict and slapstick to keep younger audiences involved as well.
The Aardman folks might not have created a pirate film to rival the big screen's best, but they've created a subtle parody of pirate movies that's well worth watching.
Yes, the film feels childish, but in the best possible way.
There's comic treasure in this animated feature
Sacramento News & Review
... enough amusing throwaway gags to keep us entertained.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits deserves two doubloons up. It shivered me funny bone.
The fun, infectious tone is set early on and never peters out. The humor is kind of like Monty Python for kids.
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Droll and charming, and will probably appeal more to fans of Monty Python and 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' than to young kids...
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Warning to all ye who enter: drollery, Pythonesque absurdity, and some smartly silly swashbuckling with history ahead. The dark corners of wooden ships and buildings ground the zaniness in Victorian atmosphere, so even modern jokes sail smoothly along.
Reno News and Review
This is a very funny, very good looking movie getting lost in the fray.
Jackie K. Cooper
A few funny lines and a great vocal turn by Hugh Grant. All else is unexciting. Can't see the kids going wild over this one.
Salt Lake Tribune
The best laughs come around the fringes, with great throwaway gags and Grant's usual self-deprecating way with dialogue.
East Bay Express
A first-class Aardman Animations comedy.
Antagony & Ecstasy
Deserves no small amount of credit for being an absolute delight... and for never acting like the viewer is an idiot even as it never requires that the viewer be a genius.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
Gadzooks, is this movie bonkers. I mean, really.
As a running gag, the man-panzee is pretty predictable, but as an observation of how cute creatures are perpetually manipulated and abused in family entertainments, it is rather rich.
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
...as sprightly and bright as the studio's cherished favorites, such as Chicken Run, though the sheer volume of gags hurled here leads to a slightly lower hitting percentage.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
It's hard to emphasize enough just how intricate it is, abundant with rich details... At the same time, it's also warmly human, with characters so expressive you'll want to join the crew.