'The Pirates! Band of Misfits' Critic Reviews

91%
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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 years ago
  • Scott Nash Three Movie Buffs
    75
    Another winner from Aardman
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  • 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 » 2 years ago
  • Rob Vaux Mania.com
    75
    A whimsical confection that effortlessly puts a smile on the lips of the harshest cynic.
    Full Review » 2 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 » 2 years ago
  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    75
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  • 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 » 2 years ago
  • Kate Erbland Film School Rejects
    75
    Frequently funny and layered with humor to suit all ages.
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  • 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 » 2 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 » 2 years ago
  • Leonard Maltin ReelzChannel.com
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  • Geoff Berkshire HitFix
    67
    Not many films aimed at kids would also make room for radically bastardized versions of historical figures Queen Victoria and Charles Darwin as prominent supporting characters
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  • Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle
    60
    Young and old alike love a good pirate yarn and the stop-motion specialists at Aardman Animations deliver the goods.
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  • Kevin Carr 7M Pictures
    80
    a gem of a movie that deserves more praise and audience than it'll probably get
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  • James Verniere Boston Herald
    84
    The artistry in this Aardman effort is most evident in dizzyingly acrobatic sequences evoking traditional action-movie mayhem and classic slapstick comedy.
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  • Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews
    67
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  • Dave White Movies.com
    80
    You're guaranteed originality, wit, impeccable artistry and attention to detail and, most of all, a plain old good time.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rafer Guzman Newsday
    75
    You may laugh more than the child who brought you to "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," a subtly screwball animated comedy with a distinctively British wit.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) St. Paul Pioneer Press
    75
    Like all of the other Aardman films, it is utterly charming.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mathew DeKinder St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    60
    There is a lot to like about The Pirates!, especially for those of us who watch a lot of BBC America.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Todd Jorgenson Cinemalogue.com
    Many of the clever, rapid-fire one-liners might be over the heads of some kids, who can enjoy the broad slapstick and colorful characters while their parents are laughing.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Gary Wolcott Tri-City Herald
    80
    Pirates haven't generated this many laughs since Johnny Depp's first dip into the Caribbean.
    Full Review » 2 years ago