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The Pirates! Band of Misfits Reviews

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
May 7, 2012
The action is beautifully staged, delightful, and exciting.
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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
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William Goss
Film.com
April 27, 2012
To paraphrase a certain man with a certain luxuriant beard, it's only impossible to enjoy if you stop to think about it.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
April 27, 2012
Pirates are right up there with vampires, werewolves and people saying "LOL" out loud on the list of Played-Out Pop Culture Phenomena, but leave it to Aardman Animation to find the remaining reservoirs of fun in a bunch of seafaring scalawags.
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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
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
April 27, 2012
Designed to please all generations of irreverent humour-lovers, The Pirates! Band of Misfits may not be heart-warming (it is about nasty, scurvy pirates!) but it's breezy rollicking fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
April 27, 2012
You may laugh more than the child who brought you to "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," a subtly screwball animated comedy with a distinctively British wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
April 27, 2012
The joyfully silly gags in "Pirates!" often feel old-fashioned in a "Looney Tunes"-esque way...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 27, 2012
It makes for an experience that, while geared toward younger, more fidgety audiences, has enough humor to keep Mom and Dad from falling asleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 26, 2012
Sure-footed, witty and zany fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
April 26, 2012
That the film happens to be in 3-D, with digitized settings and backgrounds, doesn't detract from the timeworn charm of watching blob-like characters lurch erratically through harebrained comic pratfalls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
April 26, 2012
Another deliriously silly stop-motion animation delight from Aardman, filled with giddy pleasures and witty details.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 26, 2012
The movie ... is a cheerful entertainment, suitable for kids and parents of the brighter stripe. It's just not Nick Park great.
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April 26, 2012
Pirates is just what audiences have come to expect from Aardman: smart, adventure-driven comedy with all-ages appeal and an affinity for clever sight gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.9/10
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
April 26, 2012
The movie looks meticulously crafted, of course, and is consistently, drily amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2012
A clever piece of business that is a complete pleasure to experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 26, 2012
This splashy sendup is a dead man's chest of laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 26, 2012
The result is indeed a rollicking good time, even if Aardman's ambitions don't quite dazzle as usual.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 26, 2012
A curiosity cabinet of visual pleasures but so breezy and lightly funny that you may not realize at first how good it is. (You're too busy grinning.)
| Original Score: 4/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 26, 2012
Purists can rest easy. This marriage doesn't scupper Aardman's classic clay-based animated heritage and the script is still filled with the kind of dry laughs only the Brits can conjure up, with many of the jokes of the visual variety.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 26, 2012
A few hours after seeing the 3-D version of "The Pirates!" I was smiling at the memory of the best bits, some so fleeting they practically dare an audience to catch them on the fly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 26, 2012
My 7-year-old guest tugged my sleeve midway through the screening and whispered, "This is a good movie." I'll second that.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 26, 2012
Pirates! comes with all the usual Aardman strengths intact, particularly the sense that its characters and creators alike are too good-hearted and sweet to nitpick.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 25, 2012
I wouldn't use it as a study guide for Victorian history, though it would be fun to see the reaction on the teacher's face when the test was graded.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
April 25, 2012
Even when the whimsy in The Pirates! Band of Misfits's history-be-damned story (which also ropes in Charles Darwin) feels a bit forced, the magic of the medium never does.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Fear
Time Out
April 24, 2012
Anyone still doubting that the Claymation studio behind Wallace and Gromit deserves a seat at the grown-ups' table only needs to see its pitch-perfect collaboration with author-screenwriter Gideon Defoe...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 24, 2012
A script that consistently finds fresh outlets for its running gags makes for a sufficiently rollicking pleasure cruise from Britain's Aardman Animations...
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 23, 2012
The Pirates!, like previous Aardman productions, is not just for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
March 27, 2012
A brilliant mish-mash of styles and genres, crammed with ideas and intelligence and carried off with a sense of rebellious fun and breathtaking invention not seen since, well, 'The Wrong Trousers'. Glorious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
March 26, 2012
After dipping its toes into pure CG animation for Arthur Christmas, Aardman integrates its feted old-school stop-motion technique with top-drawer visual effects to create the irrepressibly amusing The Pirates! Band of Misfits.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
March 26, 2012
A delightful romp whose varied pleasures should please kids all along the age spectrum.