The Pirates of Somalia
The Pirates of Somalia (2017)

An ambitious young journalist (Evan Peters) embeds himself with a dangerous band of pirates in Somalia to get an unfiltered investigative perspective, but his inexperience threatens to derail his plans. Bryan Buckley wrote and directed this… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 8, 2017
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

A lively tale bent on deepening our understanding of its sensationalism-ready subject.

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Alex Arabian
Film Inquiry

The Pirates Of Somalia stays true to its source material with a thoroughly insightful and honest exposť, it marks Peters' arrival as a cinematic virtuoso and yet another outstanding directorial effort from Oscar nominee Bryan Buckley.

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Keith Watson
Slant Magazine

Writer-director Bryan Buckley's film is ultimately more interested in the journalist than his story.

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Glenn Kenny
RogerEbert.com

It's not as cute as it thinks it is.

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

... never makes the case that Jay is the character most worthy of our attention or sympathy.

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Nick Schager
Film Journal International

Zaniness has rarely been this obnoxious.

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Peter Debruge
Variety

It never quite charms us into identifying with its goofy, nothing-to-lose hero, whose desperate to move out from his parents' basement and jump-start his journalism career.

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Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

The film itself is one of surprising conscience...

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Robert Kojder
Flickering Myth

Buckley's script and direction frequently get sidetracked with fictional subplots and bizarre animated sequences that feel wildly out of place

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