Pirate Radio Synopsis
In 1966, a young man joins a host of rock-music DJs at his godfather's (Bill Nighy) pirate radio station in the North Sea.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Classic rock enthusiasts will want to stick around through the end credit sequence, which features an array of album covers.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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...
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By Ella Taylor
What comes through is the freshness and innocence of a generation's passion for the infant rock 'n' roll.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Pirate Radio is, in the end, about as rock-revolutionary as a tea break. But the choppy production floats on a great soundtrack (the real...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Writer-director Richard Curtis (“Love Actually’’) has made a party, not a movie, and if the party goes on much too long, at least the guests...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
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...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Tries to capture that moment -- complete with air guitar-playing deejays -- and unapologetically rides a wave of nostalgia, but ultimately...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Awash in nostalgia and amped-up male camaraderie, Richard Curtis' Pirate Radio takes a great story - the hugely popular offshore radio...
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PIRATE RADIO. Can't stop the music!!! Grade: B. (Based on advance VIP press preview on Thus. Nov. 12th.))

Richard Curtis(Bridget Jones's Diary, Four Weddings and a Funeral) wrote/directed this 60's period UK comedy export - The Boat That Rocked - that was retitled Pirate Radio for its US release. This...

Great Fun Move!

By Rock-it Radio
The Boat that Rocked is actually based on a true story. In the UK in the mid 60's the only radio programming they had was the BBC that only dedicated a couple of hours a week to Pop and Rock music. ...

forget jack sparrow...

By ithrah
this is pure movie fun. one part nostalgia, one part stick it to the censors, all fun. this was the feel good movie of 2009. if you missed it at theatres you must rent it, me, i'm going to buy it....

Not Amazing

By mosheman100
It had its funny parts but I thought it dragged on a little. I didn't feel like Phillip Seymour Hoffman as advertised was the main character but the young kid was....

Appealing for people over 40

By President113
Pirate Radio was a bit long in my opinion, but interesting. I didn't know about the restrictions on Rock 'n Roll in the UK, so it was informative, but the story itself dragged a bit and the movie...

Five Word Review

By aimeinla
This is awesome!!! Brit humor!!...

Cheesy rock n roll goodness

By Boston Brit
Saw this in the summer on a flight back from the UK. Thoroughly enjoyed it and the cast, being several UK actors I know and love. Totally captured the energy of post war Britain heading into its own...

Pirate Radio

By hschulweis
Best movie I have seen in a long time. Great sound track....

The Movie That Rocked!

By strutz_galore
One of the most well-rounded movies I've seen in a long time. The majority of the people in our theatre could not help but to sing along, when we weren't laughing that is! The theatre became a bit...


By dennisherer
In the late 1960s, I was an on-air D-J involved with AM radio in the USA. I was intrigued with Radio Caroline, one of the actual pirate stations located on a ship anchored in the North Sea off the...

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Rated R | For language, and some sexual content including brief nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Good-natured rock 'n' roll comedy with some iffy behavior.
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