The Pirates! Band of Misfits Reviews

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 15, 2012
It's got great vocal talent and well-done animation, but it proves once again that the story is the key ingredient.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
April 22, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Jody Mitori
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 27, 2012
This pirate tale is a misguided adventure that doesn't fully set sail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
April 27, 2012
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
April 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
April 25, 2012
"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 | Original Score: 2/4
Simon Foster
Screen-Space
April 29, 2012
At best a picturesque pantomime, it is ultimately a plodding pastiche that represents a whole lot of effort for very little return.
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
April 9, 2012
Forget the rum; it's the fun that's running dry in Aardman Animation's The Pirates! Band of Misfits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
April 27, 2012
While it looks nice, it ends up being more "meh" than "arrr."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 25, 2012
For all its posturing (it's based on the books by Gideon Defoe, who also wrote the script) and visual Úlan, Pirates never really raises anchor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
April 29, 2012
I wish I could call the plot about a dodo bird 'whimsical,' but there just wasn't enough laughs from these 'Pirates.'
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
April 4, 2012
There's not a lot of wit involved. And the film, despite its 88 minute running time, seems to run out of puff early on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 17, 2012
... enough amusing throwaway gags to keep us entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 29, 2012
After 30 minutes you start to hanker for Wallace and Gromit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 19, 2013
This is one of the few times I watched something from Aardman and found myself watching the clock...
Matt Pais
RedEye
April 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 28, 2012
The filmmakers have said they are already dreaming up a sequel. They needn't hurry. Whatever treasures these pirates have are well buried.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
May 4, 2012
A few funny lines and a great vocal turn by Hugh Grant. All else is unexciting. Can't see the kids going wild over this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
April 26, 2012
While the movie manages to retain a unique feeling, The Pirates! Band of Misfits still loses much of its unruly spirit as the plot continues in earnest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
April 26, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
April 27, 2012
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