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The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie Reviews

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Ahoy! There be decent family fare among the January junk seas!

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

February 24, 2008
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

...harmless fun for small kids...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

January 17, 2008
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Like steamed veggies: Good for you, but bland.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

January 15, 2008
Kevin Carr
Film School Rejects

While there's adventure and clever gags... I could have done with a little more silliness and some more songs like 'The Hairbrush Song' and 'Bellybutton.'

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B

January 13, 2008
Nell Minow
Beliefnet

The colorful but limited animation can seem static on the big screen, but the gentle humor and equally gentle lessons will appeal to younger children and long-time fans.

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: B-

January 12, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's a much better film than the last big-screen Veggie outing, with good-looking character design, catchy songs, a wisecracking script and more skillfully disguised messages.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 11, 2008
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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A gentle adventure-comedy that sails a heroes' journey so straight and true that Joseph Campbell would smile.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 11, 2008
Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter
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Pirates scores with adventure, humor and a morality tale rather than a standard biblical message.

January 11, 2008
Todd Hertz
Christianity Today

Imparts the Bible-inspired storytelling parents and kids have come to expect from VeggieTales in a less obvious but as-fun-as-always package

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 11, 2008
Justin Chang
Variety
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This second bigscreen adventure from the popular VeggieTales franchise should easily win over tots with its reliable menu of silly songs, easily digestible morals and wholesome (if not always fresh) produce-based characters.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 10, 2008
John Anderson
Washington Post
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Clever enough to keep adults entertained, even if the story is something of an antique.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 10, 2008
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything has just enough unassuming cleverness to keep you from checking your watch while the little people in your company get wrapped up in the color and clamor.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 10, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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The film offers plenty of kid-level humor (as well as a few references adults will pick up on), a decent story and, as you might guess, a positive message.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

January 10, 2008
Drew Toal
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Dave White
Movies.com

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 4, 2011
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

While the movie is harmless, it lacks a certain spark to be really entertaining. Lots of the jokes are flat and obvious, without being awful.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 22, 2008
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews

Not only did I want to go to sleep the entire time, but I wouldn't watch this movie again if you told me my life depended on it.

Full Review Source: BDK Reviews | Original Score: 0/5

May 17, 2008
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

As I wasn't expecting much, I must say that Pirates doesn't disappoint.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

February 1, 2008
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

Young children appreciate all the bouncing shapes and bright colors (speaking of which, you might wonder why Robert the Terrible is a darker shade of green than any of his relatives), but anyone over six will be bored early and often.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

January 17, 2008
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I kept hoping someone would arrive on the scene with a Veg-O-Matic and put a stop to it.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 2/5

January 15, 2008
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