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,
"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,
"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,
"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,
"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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