'The Pirates! Band of Misfits' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   3 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   155 reviews
  • 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.
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  • Susan Granger SSG Syndicate
    70
    Swashbuckling, family-friendly frolic on the high seas, subtly referencing evolutionary science with an insidious spoonful-of-sugar.
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  • Ian Buckwalter NPR
    79
    Pirates is just what audiences have come to expect from Aardman: smart, adventure-driven comedy with all-ages appeal and an affinity for clever sight gags.
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  • Leslie Gornstein E! Online
    92
    If you crave an animated adventure that isn't dumbed down, this is for you -- a pirate adventure in the spirit of Wallace and Gromit.
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  • Teddy Durgin Screen It!
    This is a movie where the key to enjoying it is how much you get into the spirit of it. I did and was rewarded with some fine movie booty. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
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  • Cathy Jakicic Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    75
    The majority of the movie's quirky humor is more chuckle than guffaw, but it's consistently fresh and, in general, surprisingly gentle.
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  • Brian Tallerico HollywoodChicago.com
    80
    It's smart, funny, and, most importantly, entertaining for multiple generations.
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  • Loey Lockerby Kansas City Star
    50
    As it races frantically to its conclusion, "Pirates" becomes more mean-spirited than funny, undermining any attempts at a positive message about loyalty and friendship.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Josh Bell Las Vegas Weekly
    60
    A worthy addition to the Aardman stop-motion canon.
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  • Chris Bumbray JoBlo's Movie Emporium
    60
    Harmless fun, with the occasional inspired gag.
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  • 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...
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Mark Kermode BBC Radio Five Live
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  • 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.
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  • James Croot Flicks.co.nz
    80
    Pirates' attention to detail and determination to give the audience a rollicking good time is worthy of acclaim.
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  • Anders Wotzke Moviedex
    50
    Forget the rum; it's the fun that's running dry in Aardman Animation's The Pirates! Band of Misfits.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Paul Byrnes Sydney Morning Herald
    80
    It has a very English kind of daffy humour, absurd but good-hearted, and it is pitched at adults as much as children.
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