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

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 13, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 13, 2010
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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

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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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.

Simon Miraudo

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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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Grudgingly irresistible

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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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Jeff Beck

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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Michael Phillips
At the Movies

It just sits there in the water.

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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Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

thinly drawn plot, thinner characters

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
I kinda see this as a companion piece to the earlier British comedy 'Still Crazy', or they could exist in same universe at least. As for the title I… More
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
Lucas Martins
Dispite a screenplay full of flaws, The Boat That Rocked, bring a great soundtrack and comic cast.
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
Kevin M. Williams
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