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Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I fell in love with it and have yet to fall out of love with it. I don't expect I shall. This is a movie I suspect I will only come to treasure more with the passage of time.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

November 18, 2009
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

A movie filled with characters has wonderful potential. It's just that 'Pirate Radio' has no character development.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

November 17, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The nostalgia Sixties rock music is lovely, however ... .

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

November 17, 2009
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

to the beat of soundtrack that proves the point of why this music was feared and adored, it revels in the giddy delight of a time when all the old rules were questioned, if not thrown out

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

November 16, 2009
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
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It just sits there in the water.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 16, 2009
A.O. Scott
At the Movies
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Any serious music fan -- that is anyone who sees the radio pirates as kindred spirits -- will be outraged by its sloppy approach to the history of rock and roll.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 16, 2009
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Vastly entertaining and a fascinating part of music history.

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November 16, 2009
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

The Kinks, Turtles and Martha and the Vandellas would have you dancing in the aisle, but then you might miss this most unusual show.

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November 16, 2009
Frank Wilkins
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

This Rock 'n' Roll love letter comes across as an overlong, jumbled mess of a film that has trouble finding both its voice and its focus.

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November 16, 2009
Bill Gibron
PopMatters

Winning, witty, and wearing out its welcome toward the end, Pirate Radio is either a noble failure or the slightest of successes.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 3/5

November 15, 2009
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio

The music rocks, this movie doesn't. Never rises above the sitcom level complete with stock characters you might have seen on shows like WKRP. Too bad, because the classic pop tunes used in the film are among my very favorites. Paul Chambers, CNN.

Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Original Score: C-

November 15, 2009
Fred Topel
Can Magazine

I liked this version so much, I really want to see the longer The Boat That Rocked version. I guess on DVD.

Full Review Source: Can Magazine

November 14, 2009
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A raucous and robust comedy about a rebellious band of deejays whose love for rock-n-roll spurs them to defy the British government in the late 1960s.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

November 14, 2009
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Though the sum isn't quite as good as the parts, the film does succeed due to its phenomenal cast, which consists of some of the best British actors working today. Philip Seymour Hoffman gives one of his most entertaining performances.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: B-

November 14, 2009
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

A bloody perfect comedy, a rollicking rock 'n' roll farce brimming with raunchy humor and characters who will charm your socks off.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

November 13, 2009
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Consistently and delightfully entertaining ... If the movie has a downside, it's that its great music from the 1960s sometimes outshines the narrative.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

November 13, 2009
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Forty years ago, they couldn't get these songs on the radio; now we can't get them off.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

November 13, 2009
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Richard Curtis's comedy is anchored only in exuberance, but that's more than you can say for most movies these days; it keeps you beaming with pleasure.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

November 13, 2009
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

This is a film which does not take itself seriously and sends up everything from A Perfect Storm to Spartacus to Titanic as well as every teenage music flick you've ever seen.

Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 6/10

November 13, 2009
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Pirate Radio, the new rock-saturated comedy that proves life really is better when it's set to a '60s soundtrack, is, to borrow from the Stones, "a gas! gas! gas!"

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 13, 2009
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