'The Pirates! Band of Misfits' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   3 reviews
86%
Rotten Tomatoes:   155 reviews
  • Martin Roberts Fan The Fire
    80
    The majority of the film can't quite live up to this barnstorming first half hour, but it remains a delight throughout, even when the gags become a little more hit and miss.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nell Minow Beliefnet
    75
    The wonderful folks at Aardman have created another deliriously silly stop-motion animation delight, filled with giddy pleasures and so many witty details flying by that you wish for a pause button.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rob Vaux Mania.com
    75
    A whimsical confection that effortlessly puts a smile on the lips of the harshest cynic.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeff Bayer The Scorecard Review
    50
    I wish I could call the plot about a dodo bird 'whimsical,' but there just wasn't enough laughs from these 'Pirates.'
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Scott Nash Three Movie Buffs
    75
    Another winner from Aardman
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Simon Foster Screen-Space
    At best a picturesque pantomime, it is ultimately a plodding pastiche that represents a whole lot of effort for very little return.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Austin Chronicle
    60
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  • Matt Brunson Creative Loafing
    63
    The Pirates! Band of Misfits fares OK against most modern toon flicks but pales next to other Aardman releases. How a person chooses to rate its success depends on whether one looks at a glass of water and views it as half-full or half-empty.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kate Erbland Film School Rejects
    75
    Frequently funny and layered with humor to suit all ages.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michelle Orange Movieline
    70
    The Pirates! Band of Misfits, succeeds in spite of a faint but persistent sense of factory settings and finishes.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stephen Whitty Newark Star-Ledger
    50
    The filmmakers have said they are already dreaming up a sequel. They needn't hurry. Whatever treasures these pirates have are well buried.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Leonard Maltin ReelzChannel.com
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    75
    Sly jokes come as fast and furious as the imaginative visuals that overflow like an exploding booty of goofy action. Every nook and cranny of the movie seeps with humorous purpose.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    75
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jody Mitori St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    63
    This pirate tale is a misguided adventure that doesn't fully set sail.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrea Chase Killer Movie Reviews
    100
    The humor is both broad and sly, existing in a mutually non-exclusive arrangement that brings to mind the best examples of symbiosis to be found in nature. While the appeal of lichens, one of nature's best symbiots, is limited, that of this film is not
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Gary Thompson Philadelphia Daily News
    63
    The figures, materials, and sets are beautifully and intricately designed, so polished it's difficult to tell the models and puppets from the computer-animated figures used to fill out the frame.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Daniel M. Kimmel New England Movies Weekly
    70
    ...an entertaining piece of animated nonsense that shouldn't be left to just the kids.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Christopher Lloyd Sarasota Herald-Tribune
    63
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jesse Hassenger Filmcritic.com
    70
    The lovingly crafted sight gags are plentiful and the lightly Pythonesque dialogue is cleverer than your average live-action comedy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Drew Taylor The Playlist
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Liz Braun Jam! Movies
    70
    Of interest to anyone keen on laughing outloud at a charming comedy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Alonso Duralde The Wrap
    Pirates are right up there with vampires, werewolves and people saying "LOL" out loud on the list of Played-Out Pop Culture Phenomena, but leave it to Aardman Animation to find the remaining reservoirs of fun in a bunch of seafaring scalawags.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ethan Alter Television Without Pity
    Even when Band of Misfits is struggling to find its storytelling groove, the hand-crafted puppets and sets are a pleasure to watch.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Norman Wilner NOW Toronto
    80
    Never mind the awkward title. The Pirates! Band Of Misfits is as energetic and fearlessly goofy as anything bearing the stamp of Aardman Animation.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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