'The Pirates! Band of Misfits' Critic Reviews

91%
MovieWeb:   3 reviews
86%
Rotten Tomatoes:   155 reviews
  • Tasha Robinson AV Club
    67
    Pirates! comes with all the usual Aardman strengths intact, particularly the sense that its characters and creators alike are too good-hearted and sweet to nitpick.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle
    75
    That the film happens to be in 3-D, with digitized settings and backgrounds, doesn't detract from the timeworn charm of watching blob-like characters lurch erratically through harebrained comic pratfalls.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rex Roberts Film Journal International
    Aardman's first stop-motion feature in 3D doesn't overdo the now-ubiquitous special effects, but the added dimension refreshes the studio's signature chases without dampening its endearing drollery.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Moira MacDonald Seattle Times
    88
    My 7-year-old guest tugged my sleeve midway through the screening and whispered, "This is a good movie." I'll second that.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matt Pais RedEye
    63
    Offers fewer innuendos about 'sparkling booty' than might be found in an American animated effort or a Kim Kardashian mall appearance. [Still], my timbers remain unshivered.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    75
    It's a special treat for anyone who's lost their pirate verve in recent years, returning to a realm of endless seas, bearded men of dubious character, and delicious ham dinners.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews
    67
    The science competition gives the filmmakers another chance to add a dash of Wallace, but pay attention as some of the film's best gags lie around the edges of the screen (make sure to read business signs both on Blood Island and the streets of London).
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mike Russell Oregonian
    67
    It starts out as a fairly easy spoof of the pirate-movie tropes resurrected by Depp and Disney but quickly finds humor in Victorian science, awards shows, Jane Austen and Elephant Man cameos while mostly avoiding the easy pop-culture gag.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Josh Bell Las Vegas Weekly
    60
    A worthy addition to the Aardman stop-motion canon.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Meek Boston Phoenix
    50
    For all its posturing (it's based on the books by Gideon Defoe, who also wrote the script) and visual elan, Pirates never really raises anchor.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion
    75
    Droll, delightful...[and] jovial enough to redeem the whole pirate genre, which one might have thought had been tarnished irredeemably by the last two dreadful 'Caribbean' movies.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Steve Persall Tampa Bay Times
    67
    Exactly how much wind is left in the sails of pirate movies after Capt. Jack Sparrow is an issue. There are only so many ways to buckle a swash, or shiver timbers. When Veggie Tales beats you to an idea for animation, you know rough waters lie ahead.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Glenn Heath Jr. Slant Magazine
    50
    The film is content as it is to run clever one-liners and 19th-century pop-cultural references into the same comedic whirlpool.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service
    50
    "Pirates" plays like a fussy film made by fussy little fussbudgets, clever chaps all wrapped up with making perfect Plasticine trees, but who lose track of the forest - the funny movie that is supposed to be animated around all this detail.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Bumbray JoBlo's Movie Emporium
    60
    Harmless fun, with the occasional inspired gag.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Fear Time Out New York
    80
    Anyone still doubting that the Claymation studio behind Wallace and Gromit deserves a seat at the grown-ups' table only needs to see its pitch-perfect collaboration with author-screenwriter Gideon Defoe...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • CJ Johnson ABC Radio (Australia)
    50
    This is the first time I've gone to an Aardman film and left feeling that there wasn't anything in it for me.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Katey Rich CinemaBlend.com
    90
    Feels perfectly of a piece with everything else the studio has made-- daffy, self-assured, willing to try pretty much anything, and utterly unique.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark Kermode BBC Radio Five Live
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • MaryAnn Johanson Flick Filosopher
    [Not] just a hoot and half -- funny, clever, and wittily animated, basically pure delightful perfection -- but perhaps the sneakiest educational film ever... [F]riends are an excellent sort of booty, but... knowledge is the bestest booty of all.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Croot Flicks.co.nz
    80
    Pirates' attention to detail and determination to give the audience a rollicking good time is worthy of acclaim.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Anders Wotzke Moviedex
    50
    Forget the rum; it's the fun that's running dry in Aardman Animation's The Pirates! Band of Misfits.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matthew Pejkovic Matt's Movie Reviews
    60
    Pirates... is a visually appealing film, and there are moments of adventure and comedy spread throughout which will entertain. But enthusiasm can only take a film so far, with Pirates... an enjoyable yet middling animated tale.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matt Neal The Standard
    80
    The Pirates! does feel a tad slight, but as with Arthur Christmas, Aardman have hit on a pleasant winner that appeals to all ages.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sarah Ward Trespass
    Silly, stylish, inventive and enchanting, The Pirates! Band of Misfits is simply good fun.
    Full Review » 2 years ago