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Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) Reviews

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Jeff Beck

It is a great cast and the perfect one for a group of oddballs such as this. If only the script had been able to match the caliber of the acting, there might have been a really special film here.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 25, 2012
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

In its attempt to capture a sense of time and place it does not completely hang together.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 13, 2009
Sam Adams
AV Club
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Do you like montages, but grow bored with the tedious plot bits in between? Then Pirate Radio is the movie for you.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

November 12, 2009
Don Groves

Comedy flounders in a sea of mediocrity.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 2, 2011
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette amiable mess of a period piece about an interesting time in British pop music history

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 80/100

November 13, 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
Paul Chambers

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
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

The ensemble chemistry pays off in fits and starts, but their casual cruelty to each other is a needless turn-off. Comedy doesn't work when it's tone-deaf.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 13, 2009
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook

A halfhearted collection of scenarios and characters that would be more at home in a sitcom.

Full Review Source: Critic's Notebook | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 11, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It takes 15 minutes for Pirate Radio to run out of steam, and that leaves two more hours of aimless goofing.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

November 13, 2009
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Writer-director Richard Curtis is about as rock n' roll as the average great-grandmother, so it's no surprise that Pirate Radio, his ode to the irrepressible spirit of '60s classic rock, has all the electricity of a knitted sweater.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 8, 2009
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International

Lurches and leaks its way through a series of flimsy setpieces before gracelessly coming to a watery grave.

Full Review Source: Screen International

March 30, 2009
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

At its best, the film has a warm-hearted camaraderie that's contagious, but it's a vision of the '60s that feels like it's been test screened to within an inch of its life, with no rough edges and no real sense of danger.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

April 10, 2009
Brian Orndorf

Pirate Radio is a flawed piece of work, at times utterly paralyzed by muddled whimsy. It'll take some effort from the viewer to sort through this cluttered feature film.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

November 12, 2009
Geoff Berkshire

A soundtrack in search of a movie ... a bid for nostalgia that comes across as simply tiresome when it isn't outright desperate.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

November 12, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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If there were awards handed out for the most badly bungled concept, Pirate Radio would have to be very much in contention.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 13, 2009
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

A woebegone crew of comedy turns worthy of a bad Carry On film.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 3, 2009
Peter Sobczynski

There is a great movie to be made from this particular subject--something along the lines of such cult favorites as "American Hot Wax" and "24 Hour Party People"--but alas, "Pirate Radio" is not that movie.

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November 13, 2009
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever

Several films in one without fully developing any of them, Pirate Radio is one of those movies that tries to do too much at once and yet often feels like it's doing nothing at all.

Full Review Source: Movie Retriever

November 13, 2009
Kevin Harley
Total Film

Curtis hangs situation and character comedy on a homage to rock'n'roll. That would be fine if it were funny, but auto-pilot Curtis prevails.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

April 3, 2009
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