Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) Reviews

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
November 13, 2009
In its attempt to capture a sense of time and place it does not completely hang together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Sam Adams
AV Club
November 12, 2009
Do you like montages, but grow bored with the tedious plot bits in between? Then Pirate Radio is the movie for you.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
January 2, 2011
Comedy flounders in a sea of mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 13, 2009
...an amiable mess of a period piece about an interesting time in British pop music history
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
November 16, 2009
It just sits there in the water.
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
November 15, 2009
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 | Original Score: C-
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
November 13, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
November 11, 2009
A halfhearted collection of scenarios and characters that would be more at home in a sitcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 13, 2009
It takes 15 minutes for Pirate Radio to run out of steam, and that leaves two more hours of aimless goofing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
November 8, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International
March 30, 2009
Lurches and leaks its way through a series of flimsy setpieces before gracelessly coming to a watery grave.
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
April 10, 2009
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.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
November 12, 2009
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 | Original Score: C
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
November 12, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 13, 2009
If there were awards handed out for the most badly bungled concept, Pirate Radio would have to be very much in contention.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
April 3, 2009
A woebegone crew of comedy turns worthy of a bad Carry On film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
November 13, 2009
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.
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
November 13, 2009
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.
Kevin Harley
Total Film
April 3, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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