Pirate Radio was released in the UK seven months ago to so-so reviews. Then they took out all the good parts and sent it over here. Reviews suggest you should wait to see the movie on DVD, but pick up the soundtrack now.
"...the wall-to-wall '60s rock keeps things bright."
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Pirate Radio is a film that is defined fully by the word 'cute,' mostly entertaining and inoffensive and often quite funny, though over-long by at least half an hour."
— Christopher Null, Entertainment Weekly
"Writer-director Richard Curtis is about as rock n' roll as the average great-grandmother, so it's no surprise that Pirate Radio, his ode to the irrepressible spirit of '60s classic rock, has all the electricity of a knitted sweater."
— Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Seven months after its theatrical release in the U.K., and two months after its DVD debut there, Pirate Radio washes ashore in U.S. theaters with a different title (it was formerly known as The Boat That Rocked) and most of its better bits excised."
— Robert Wilonsky, Village Voice
"Do you like montages, but grow bored with the tedious plot bits in between? Then Pirate Radio is the movie for you."
— Sam Adams, Onion AV Club