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Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) Reviews

November 22, 2009
Curtis's movie is loosely based on the historical truths of the time, but it isn't meant as a documentary, a rockumentary, or even a docucomedy. It's just a hell of a lot of fun.
November 19, 2009
Grudgingly irresistible
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 16, 2009
It just sits there in the water.
November 16, 2009
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.
November 13, 2009
Forty years ago, they couldn't get these songs on the radio; now we can't get them off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 13, 2009
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.
November 13, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/5
November 13, 2009
Pirate Radio is a bit of a mess. But an amiable mess nonetheless, with the boys' casual chemistry and the music carrying things along, it's not that hard to watch and it's great to listen to.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 13, 2009
A hodgepodge of half-baked characters and story ideas, stoked by a frantic climax and a blue-chip playlist of 1966 rock classics.
November 13, 2009
Boys will be boys and often at top volume in Pirate Radio, Richard Curtis's fanciful fiction about rebel broadcasters.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2009
What's not to like? It's Animal House on water, with Branagh playing Dean Wormer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 13, 2009
[A] bright joy-bomb that explodes in every direction with rock classics used in surprisingly direct and literal ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 13, 2009
I started glancing at the time well before the midway mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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
November 13, 2009
It's all got a great backbeat and you can dance to it, but there isn't much to Curtis's rebels except some canned anti-authoritarian, sex-drugs-rock 'n' roll rants.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2009
The film's original title was The Boat That Rocked. Indeed, these freewheeling, swinging '60s DJs braved their own Titanic to keep on rocking in the free world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 12, 2009
The boat nearly sinks from character overload, and Curtis brakes when you most want him to gun it. But there's no denying the comic energy of the cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 12, 2009
Despite Curtis' bumbling, Pirate Radio manages to stay afloat bravely enough -- at least until the climax, which comes off as a confused marriage between Top of the Pops and Titanic.
November 12, 2009
This might sound like a sentimental recipe, but Richard Curtis, who wrote and directed, keeps the spirit fresh and anarchic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 12, 2009
Imagine the dullest moments from Almost Famous and the lamest bits from Animal House held together with clumsy Frankenstein stitching. Now punch yourself in the face. There you go.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 12, 2009
In just about every respect, Pirate Radio is less than seaworthy.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
November 12, 2009
Pirate Radio takes a great story -- the hugely popular offshore radio stations that illegally broadcast pop and rock in 1960s Britain -- and turns it into an aggressively irritating floating frat-party romp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 12, 2009
If rock 'n' roll is about joy and rebellion, then a movie about it should be joyful and rebellious, too. But Pirate Radio is staid and stolid.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 12, 2009
Richard Curtis has made a party, not a movie, and if the party goes on much too long, at least the guests are great company and the host's taste in music is impeccable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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-
November 12, 2009
There's more Partridge Family hugginess than sedition and subversion behind this rock 'n' roll story.
November 12, 2009
Here the plot doesn't require a reason for the characters to keep running into one another; there's nowhere they can hide. No coincidences means more development. And the wall-to-wall '60s rock keeps things bright.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 12, 2009
Pirate Radio is a great soundtrack in search of a movie. It never really finds one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 11, 2009
The music is great, the comedy provides occasional laughs, and there's nothing fundamentally wrong with the movie. Distilled to its essence, it represents a respectable diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2009
Even as it spirals into disaster-flick absurdity, Pirate Radio isn't trying to cause a big sensation, it's just peddling instant gratification.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 11, 2009
Pirate Radio is, in the end, about as rock-revolutionary as a tea break. But the choppy production floats on a great soundtrack (the real pirates are the Rolling Stones) and is buoyed by an inviting cast...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 11, 2009
It was cut by over half an hour for American release and still plays long. But thanks to that fairy-dusting of Curtis charm, I wouldn't cut a frame of it. It skips by like a much-loved old LP.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 11, 2009
Giggles, not belly laughs, come frequently, and it'll help if viewers love U.K. comics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 10, 2009
The sex is polite, and there's not a whiff of dope.
April 3, 2009
'The Ship That Sank' would be a more appropriate title for writer-director Richard Curtis's latest and most disappointing entertainment. It's a cripplingly self-conscious and self-satisfied tribute.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
March 30, 2009
The film is far too long, and between the tracks, the episodic adventures of a group of disc jockeys broadcasting rock 'n' roll from a rusty old clunker anchored just beyond the three-mile limit from the British Isles is heavy going.
March 30, 2009
For a script that relies more on character-driven than situational comedy, it's the perfs that count, and these are thankfully strong.