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Pirate Radio

HD   R Closed Captioning

Richard Curtis

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About the Movie

From the creator of Love Actually and Notting Hill comes a trip back to the freewheeling, free-loving ’60s when the very rock music that inspired a generation was censored by the government. When a group of rebellious deejays decides to defy the ban, they take to the seas to broadcast music and mayhem to millions of adoring fans. Featuring a soundtrack that includes The Who, The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and many more, it’s a feel-great film based on a true story that critics cheer is "exuberant!" (John Powers, Vogue)

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 160
  • Fresh: 97
  • Rotten: 63
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Boys will be boys and often at top volume in Pirate Radio, Richard Curtis's fanciful fiction about rebel broadcasters. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Feb 2, 2011

Fresh: The film's original title was The Boat That Rocked. Indeed, these freewheeling, swinging '60s DJs braved their own Titanic to keep on rocking in the free world. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: I started glancing at the time well before the midway mark. – Charlie McCollum, San Jose Mercury News, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


This movie was pretty funny! it was kind of dumb at parts but otherwise it was good.

Loved it

I loved this movie. Some would say that it was stupid, (which it was) but the movie was very funny and I was laughing the whole way through. I would say a good buy but I would suggest renting it first. If you love old music you will love this movie.

Pirate Radio Rocks

A brilliant comedy set in the 60’s, during a time where free love and music reigned supreme! You will reminisce of your “rebellious” music listening and impressionable years, which we all experience during our lives, and Pirate Radio will help you bring back those bittersweet memories. Pirate Radio demonstrates that regardless of your generation, a common denominator that we all share is a love of music; and that music is not only a form of entertainment, but also a medium that binds us.

Pirate Radio
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2009

Customer Ratings