Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked)
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In mid- to late-'60s Britain, an unusual yet colorful subculture sprang up and thrived as a product of the upswing in British pop music, only to meet its doom within a few short years. Though the BBC functioned as the country's main source of news and music, its programmers offered very little airtime to rock & roll -- which left an overwhelming need unfulfilled. In response, small bands of "pirate" radio enthusiasts set up broadcasting towers on boats just outside of English boundary waters, and transmitted signals to an estimated 25 million listeners, 24 hours a day and… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

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"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."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"Forty years ago, they couldn't get these songs on the radio; now we can't get them off."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"No morals, no shame and good music; who wouldn't want to climb aboard Radio Rock?"
‑ Perri Nemiroff, CinemaBlend.com
"The movie's far more about the camaraderie between the DJs and the love of music that's shared between them and their listeners than it is about their struggle to stay on the air."
‑ Will Harris, Bullz-Eye.com
"It just sits there in the water."
‑ Michael Phillips, At the Movies
"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."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"thinly drawn plot, thinner characters"
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Curtis has a knack for drawing credible names to his projects, and with this ensemble of talented character actors all playing to their strengths, The Boat That Rocked proves to be an entertaining, if not restless rock 'n' roll romp on the high seas."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Curtis' crew, although piloting a fairly flimsy vessel, plot-wise, sure knows how to have fun, armed as they are with one of the most memorable classic-rock sound tracks this side of Forrest Gump."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"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."
‑ A.O. Scott, At the Movies
"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!""
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"Comedy flounders in a sea of mediocrity."
‑ Don Groves, sbs.com.au
"... a perfectly enjoyable comedy that never strays beyond its playlist of colorful personalities and comic antics."
‑ Sean Axmaker, MSN.com
"the sort of ensemble comedy in which each member of the ensemble tends toward one-dimensionality but it's mostly OK because there are so many members, and they're all so talented."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
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