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: April 27, 2012
DVD 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

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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Yasmin Shehab

It's a smart film, no doubt about it, and it doesn't skimp on the fun.

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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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John Hanlon
John Hanlon Reviews

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

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William Goss

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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Cute, adventurous, funny and clever -- without being too cute, adventurous, funny or clever. The animation is delightful and the voice acting is well-done (for… More
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
Carlos Magalhães
An amusing but irregular stop-motion animation (with a useless 3D) that has many intelligent and really well-inspired scenes but also moments of pedestrian… 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
Daniel Mumby
Film critics often get it in the neck for overanalysing or expecting too much from films which, for some people, are only designed to entertain. While expecting… 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