The action is beautifully staged, delightful, and exciting.
-Bruce DionesFull Review
The filmmakers have said they are already dreaming up a sequel. They needn't hurry. Whatever treasures these pirates have are well buried.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
To paraphrase a certain man with a certain luxuriant beard, it's only impossible to enjoy if you stop to think about it.
-William GossFull Review
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 PunterFull Review
You may laugh more than the child who brought you to "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," a subtly screwball animated comedy with a distinctively British wit.
-Rafer GuzmanFull Review
The joyfully silly gags in "Pirates!" often feel old-fashioned in a "Looney Tunes"-esque way...
-Sara StewartFull Review
It makes for an experience that, while geared toward younger, more fidgety audiences, has enough humor to keep Mom and Dad from falling asleep.
-Michael O'SullivanFull Review
Sure-footed, witty and zany fun.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
That the film happens to be in 3-D, with digitized settings and backgrounds, doesn't detract from the timeworn charm of watching blob-like characters lurch erratically through harebrained comic pratfalls.
-Amy BiancolliFull Review
Another deliriously silly stop-motion animation delight from Aardman, filled with giddy pleasures and witty details.
-Nell MinowFull Review
The movie ... is a cheerful entertainment, suitable for kids and parents of the brighter stripe. It's just not Nick Park great.
-Richard CorlissFull Review
Pirates is just what audiences have come to expect from Aardman: smart, adventure-driven comedy with all-ages appeal and an affinity for clever sight gags.
-Ian BuckwalterFull Review
The movie looks meticulously crafted, of course, and is consistently, drily amusing.
-Tom RussoFull Review
A clever piece of business that is a complete pleasure to experience.
-Kenneth TuranFull Review
This splashy sendup is a dead man's chest of laughs.
-Colin CovertFull Review
The result is indeed a rollicking good time, even if Aardman's ambitions don't quite dazzle as usual.
-Elizabeth WeitzmanFull Review
A curiosity cabinet of visual pleasures but so breezy and lightly funny that you may not realize at first how good it is. (You're too busy grinning.)
-Manohla DargisFull Review
Purists can rest easy. This marriage doesn't scupper Aardman's classic clay-based animated heritage and the script is still filled with the kind of dry laughs only the Brits can conjure up, with many of the jokes of the visual variety.
-Linda BarnardFull Review
A few hours after seeing the 3-D version of "The Pirates!" I was smiling at the memory of the best bits, some so fleeting they practically dare an audience to catch them on the fly.
-Michael PhillipsFull Review
My 7-year-old guest tugged my sleeve midway through the screening and whispered, "This is a good movie." I'll second that.
-Moira MacDonaldFull Review
I wouldn't use it as a study guide for Victorian history, though it would be fun to see the reaction on the teacher's face when the test was graded.
-Bill GoodykoontzFull Review
Even when the whimsy in The Pirates! Band of Misfits's history-be-damned story (which also ropes in Charles Darwin) feels a bit forced, the magic of the medium never does.
-Adam MarkovitzFull Review
A script that consistently finds fresh outlets for its running gags makes for a sufficiently rollicking pleasure cruise from Britain's Aardman Animations...
-Nick PinkertonFull Review
"Pirates" plays like a fussy film made by fussy little fussbudgets, clever chaps all wrapped up with making perfect Plasticine trees, but who lose track of the forest - the funny movie that is supposed to be animated around all this detail.
-Roger MooreFull Review
The Pirates!, like previous Aardman productions, is not just for kids.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
After dipping its toes into pure CG animation for Arthur Christmas, Aardman integrates its feted old-school stop-motion technique with top-drawer visual effects to create the irrepressibly amusing The Pirates! Band of Misfits.
-Leslie FelperinFull Review
A delightful romp whose varied pleasures should please kids all along the age spectrum.
-John DeForeFull Review
This is one of the few times I watched something from Aardman and found myself watching the clock...
-Felix Vasquez Jr.Full Review