Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked)
Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) (2009)

A group of pirate-radio DJs duck the British government in this 1960s period comedy from romantic comedy guru Richard Curtis (Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary). Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rhys Ifans play competitive disc jockeys who… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 13, 2010
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Critic Score
61%
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71%



Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The good cast and rollicking soundtrack eventually drown when this comic homage to pirate radio loses its quippy steam.

Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com

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.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Forty years ago, they couldn't get these songs on the radio; now we can't get them off.

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

At the very least, it will have you feeling all gooey and nostalgic about a time you may not have been around for.

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Michael Phillips
At the Movies

It just sits there in the water.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

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.

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A.O. Scott
At the Movies

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.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

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!"

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Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

thinly drawn plot, thinner characters

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Dispite a screenplay full of flaws, The Boat That Rocked, bring a great soundtrack and comic cast.
Jim Hunter
A group of - for lack of a better term - frat boy disc jockeys play rock 'n' roll off the coast of Britain despite the efforts of prissy lawmakers.… More
Anthony Lawrie
I liked The Boat that Rocked but I also hated it. It is too long and story-wise, a bit of a mess. That said, I liked the idea and the cast is great with some… More
Directors Cat
The boat nearly sinks halfway through but it redeems itself with 60's culture refrences and pure comedic skill. It was likable and welcoming as I recieved… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Add this too the long list of films that endeavor mightily to capture the soul of rock and roll only to prostitute the admittedly bad old girl shamelessly. Cue… More
Alice Shen
Aww what a nice-ass movie. Nice-arse, excuse me. It's all at once, a romantic bildungsroman, a triumphant battle of wills, a comedic slice-of-bro-life,… More

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