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Based on 31 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 23 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The boat nearly sinks from character overload, and Curtis brakes when you most want him to gun it. But there’s no denying the comic energy of the cast. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    If you want to know years in advance what old-age nostalgia is going to look like for Baby Boomers, look no further than Pirate Radio, in which the sun always shines, the music is great and the sex is available, guilt-free and glorious. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Classic rock enthusiasts will want to stick around through the end credit sequence, which features an array of album covers. show more

  • 70
    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. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Awash in nostalgia and amped-up male camaraderie, Richard Curtis' Pirate Radio takes a great story - the hugely popular offshore radio stations that illegally broadcast pop and rock in 1960s Britain - and turns it into an aggressively irritating floating frat-party romp. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Tries to capture that moment -- complete with air guitar-playing deejays -- and unapologetically rides a wave of nostalgia, but ultimately sinks due to a bloated, watery script. show more

  • 60
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    The real pirate radio ships, whose days ended in 1967, wound up being towed away for salvage but the film avoids that fate -- like the best rock songs -- with a rousing finish and a pleasing climax. show more

  • 67
    Ella Taylor NPR

    What comes through is the freshness and innocence of a generation's passion for the infant rock 'n' roll. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Richard Curtis is good at handling large casts, establishing all the characters and keeping them alive. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Pirate Radio does what it sets out to do. It rocks. show more

  • December 06, 2011 fredyd45
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    I\'d like to give this movie a 10 thumbs up. It was fun and kept my interest the whole time. I loved it

  • October 03, 2011 bcat79
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    Great Movie, who wouldn\'t like it?

  • April 30, 2011 nf00000000090272
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    FREAKING AMAZING! Funny movie, with AMAZING music! love love love!

  • April 14, 2011 lp00000000089344
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    I absolutely adore this awkward but lovely movie. I was hesitant to watch at first, but was drawn right in to poor James\' plight. \'The Boat That Rocked\' has one of the greatest soundtracks that I\'ve ever listened to, and one of the only ones that I didn\'t skip any of the songs. Five stars, for me.

  • April 04, 2011 dmlski
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    Finally got to see this movie and it was worth the wait! The story was GREAT and the music was ...FANTASTIC! Anyone who was around in the 60s will have a lot of fun!

  • December 13, 2009 gscott2449
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    I had great expectations ..this was MY music era .The movie sucked !..and begs the question ...with all these great actors could it be this bad ? Don't waste your money ..this qualifies as the worst movie I've seen this year !

  • November 29, 2009 Martine
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    Truly entertaining. Blast from the past

  • November 22, 2009 Dominic
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    One of the funniest movies I have seen in many years. So much , the music, the joking around was so true to the time.. The people who walked out of the movie ( reviewers above ) must be warped or so young that they do not understanding anything but vicious attacks to hurt as much as possible a.k.a :"Mean Girls" of the kind of people who play tricks on line end up in people getting very hurt.

  • November 21, 2009 c21cindilee
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    THis movie was a ton of fun!! Well acted... characters were developed well you got to know each one. It was funny and entertaining.... loved it!! Out whole group loved it.

  • November 20, 2009 bgreen1963
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    My sister and I both loved this movie. Funny, well written, well acted and well directed.


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