The Pirates! Band of Misfits
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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 (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It's a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The action is beautifully staged, delightful, and exciting."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"Funny for families of all ages, this animated comedy is a rare and delightful treat."
‑ John Hanlon, John Hanlon Reviews
"The Pirates! Band of Misfits is cinematic booty that shines like gold."
‑ Jason Buchanan, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A rollicking good time that offers enough broad comedy mixed with more cerebral sight gags to ensure this will be a family favourite for years to come."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"The filmmakers have said they are already dreaming up a sequel. They needn't hurry. Whatever treasures these pirates have are well buried."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"This pirate tale is a misguided adventure that doesn't fully set sail."
‑ Jody Mitori, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"This is one of the few times I watched something from Aardman and found myself watching the clock..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The Pirates! is the first truly great animated film of the year: a painstakingly-modelled laugh riot that boggles the mind while tickling the funnybone."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"It's full of jokes for adults that will fly right over kids' heads, but retains just enough plot conflict and slapstick to keep younger audiences involved as well."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"To paraphrase a certain man with a certain luxuriant beard, it's only impossible to enjoy if you stop to think about it."
‑ William Goss, Film.com
"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."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"This is a good Aardman Animations feature, from a studio that's proved itself capable of being better than good."
‑ Kirk Baird, Toledo Blade
"It's got great vocal talent and well-done animation, but it proves once again that the story is the key ingredient."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"The Aardman folks might not have created a pirate film to rival the big screen's best, but they've created a subtle parody of pirate movies that's well worth watching."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
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