'The Pirates! Band of Misfits' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   3 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   155 reviews
  • Jason Buchanan TV Guide's Movie Guide
    75
    The Pirates! Band of Misfits is cinematic booty that shines like gold.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ali Gray TheShiznit.co.uk
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kirk Baird Toledo Blade
    This is a good Aardman Animations feature, from a studio that's proved itself capable of being better than good.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    75
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephen Carty Flix Capacitor
    70
    Though not as laugh-out-loud funny as their best work, there's plenty of wry smiles to be had.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeff Beck Examiner.com
    63
    It's got great vocal talent and well-done animation, but it proves once again that the story is the key ingredient.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kristal Cooper We Got This Covered
    90
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Eric Melin Scene-Stealers.com
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Plath Movie Metropolis
    70
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Witney Seibold CraveOnline
    85
    Yes, the film feels childish, but in the best possible way.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Robert Denerstein Movie Habit
    There's comic treasure in this animated feature
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jim Lane Sacramento News & Review
    60
    ... enough amusing throwaway gags to keep us entertained.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tony Macklin tonymacklin.net
    60
    The Pirates! Band of Misfits deserves two doubloons up. It shivered me funny bone.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Austin Kennedy Sin Magazine
    88
    The fun, infectious tone is set early on and never peters out. The humor is kind of like Monty Python for kids.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • John Beifuss Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
    75
    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...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bob Grimm Reno News and Review
    80
    This is a very funny, very good looking movie getting lost in the fray.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Gibson 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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jackie K. Cooper jackiekcooper.com
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sean Means Salt Lake Tribune
    75
    The best laughs come around the fringes, with great throwaway gags and Grant's usual self-deprecating way with dialogue.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kelly Vance East Bay Express
    A first-class Aardman Animations comedy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    70
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven D. Greydanus Decent Films Guide
    75
    Gadzooks, is this movie bonkers. I mean, really.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Cynthia Fuchs PopMatters
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Corey Hall Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
    67
    ...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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson San Francisco Examiner
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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