The Pirates! Band of Misfits
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

In The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain - a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 28, 2012
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may not quite scale Aardman's customary delirious heights, but The Pirates! still represents some of the smartest, most skillfully animated fare that modern cinema has to offer.

Bruce Diones
New Yorker

The action is beautifully staged, delightful, and exciting.

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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap

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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John Hanlon
John Hanlon Reviews

Funny for families of all ages, this animated comedy is a rare and delightful treat.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

The filmmakers have said they are already dreaming up a sequel. They needn't hurry. Whatever treasures these pirates have are well buried.

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Jody Mitori
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This pirate tale is a misguided adventure that doesn't fully set sail.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

This is one of the few times I watched something from Aardman and found myself watching the clock...

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William Goss
Film.com

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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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail

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.

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Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade

This is a good Aardman Animations feature, from a studio that's proved itself capable of being better than good.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
A rather cute tale of fringe pirates with funny puns, a gruesome twist from Queen Victoria voiced by evil incarnate, Imelda Staunton, and some impressive,… More
paul sandberg
Not a bad bit of entertainment, for kids or adults I suspect, but Pirates: Band of Misfits isn't as zany as some of Aardman's other works, due… More
Nate Zoebl
Delightful from beginning to end, Aardman's stop-motion animated caper Pirates: Band of Misfits is hands down the best animated film of the year. Its wry… More
Anthony Lawrie
An Aardman production with absolutely no input from Nick Park, surely not? It's ok though, good old Peter Lord makes sure this film is animated beautifully… More
Mark Hobin
The Pirates! Band of Misfits! is a delight. The style is a cheerful throwback to classic stop-motion animation. Given the strong resurgence of titles like… More
Sam Barnett
"The Pirates! Band of Misfits" feels far more conventional than Aardman's past hits, and at times it steals from its own predecessors such as… More