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The Spongebob Squarepants Movie Reviews

Todd McCarthy
Variety
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The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie takes on rather too much water during its extended feature-length submersion.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 1, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The Nickelodeon cartoon series about an oceanic sponge and his starfish sidekick washes onto the big screen with a tide of weak one-liners, exaggerated reactions, and vaguely nauseating gags.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 20, 2008

Time Out
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Anyone expecting anything more risky will be sadly disappointed.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Ed Park
Village Voice
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Could SpongeBob, all gangly goodwill and ice cream appetite, be the anarchic savior for our stressed-out times?

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 23, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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If you are a non-parent and you're entertained by this, wow, good for you.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

November 22, 2004
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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Like the TV show it's based on, it's a daffy, enjoyable creation.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 21, 2004
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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An animated adventure that's funnier than Shark Tale and more charming than The Polar Express.

November 19, 2004
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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There are also some wild swings into surrealism.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

November 19, 2004
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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What's remarkable about The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie is how much care Hillenburg and his crew of writers, animators and actors have taken to make it undeniably movielike.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

November 19, 2004
Jennifer Frey
Washington Post
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It's silly, it's sweet, and it's full of all those adolescent jokes many find hard to resist.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 19, 2004
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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For the most part, it's an easy and happy stretch, big on slapstick and jokes that groan rather than gross out.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

November 19, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's all pretty goofy, occasionally perplexing (I dare not ask why Patrick sports fishnet stockings and heels in the final act), and very cute, in an off-the-wall sort of way.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 19, 2004
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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Retains the 2-D charm of the hugely popular Nickelodeon cartoon but adds a few tricks -- a little 3-D here, a little David Hasselhoff there.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 19, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's a tedious little time-killer that even a wacky, last-minute cameo by Baywatch's David Hasselhoff can't rescue.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

November 19, 2004
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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The ratio of hit to miss leans slightly on the plus side.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

November 19, 2004
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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SpongeBob looks so slapped together and indulgently cruddy that its cheapness seems like a thumb in the eye of anyone who paid to see it.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

November 19, 2004
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The show, Pop-art colourful and simple in design, is delivered in 11-minute hits, two per episode. Truth be told, the full 99-minute movie does not entirely hold water; it feels like three or four good episodes connected with plot padding.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 19, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is an inventive-enough trifle that will make both parents and kids laugh. And that's all it wants to be.

| Original Score: C+

November 19, 2004
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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Count SpongeBob SquarePants among those small-screen comic characters that can't quite make the leap to the big screen.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

November 19, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Put me squarely in the SquarePants corner: SpongeBob is an irresistibly amusing idea that deserves credit for the name alone.

| Original Score: B-

November 19, 2004
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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That SpongeBob -- absorbent and porous and utterly hilarious is he.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 19, 2004
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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It's not The Incredibles, or one of those animated features that spent zillions on character design, pedigree and verisimilitude. But SpongeBob is a sweet, silly thing with a child-friendly esthetic all its own.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

November 19, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is full of action and silliness that will delight rug rats, but it's still hip and absurd enough to entertain grown-ups, too.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 19, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Like the Nickelodeon show that inspired it, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie understands that its animated hero is inherently weird, which makes him endearing and sort of chic.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

November 19, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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All of this happens in jolly animation with bright colors and is ever so much more entertaining than you are probably imagining.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 19, 2004
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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It's all innocuous, forgettable fun, but it's firmly aimed at those who find underwear endlessly funny.

Full Review Source: AV Club

November 18, 2004
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Harmlessly off-the-cuff -- but facing far more pedigreed multiplex competition -- SpongeBob barely rates as OK when compared with The Incredibles.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

November 18, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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You gotta love SpongeBob.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 18, 2004
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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The experience is such a breath of playful good humor that it's difficult not to be happy it's here.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2004
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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Being so good is what led to making the movie, and it's also the reason that many small-screen episodes are better than this big-screen venture.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

November 18, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The big-screen rendition of SpongeBob SquarePants is a marvel of unleashed childishness, like a birthday party on the edge of spinning out of control.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 18, 2004
David Edelstein
Slate
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I like my SpongeBob a little less lumbering, a little more free-associational, without that big, heavy anchor of a story structure to weigh him down.

Full Review Source: Slate

November 18, 2004
Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
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It's disappointing that Hillenberg didn't use his large-screen canvas to push the possibilities of the show.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

November 18, 2004
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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SpongeBob amphibiously straddles the surreal and the real worlds as did Groucho, Pee-wee and Tinky-Winky before him.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 18, 2004
Scott L. Powers
Chicago Tribune
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As the theme song goes: 'If nautical nonsense be something you wish ... Then drop on the deck and flop like a fish.' The movie should have followed that mantra: too much message, not enough nonsense.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

November 18, 2004
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Like the TV show, the movie is a beguiling mix of '60s surrealism and the inane high spirits of very early Disney (think 'Steamboat Willie'). Yet, SpongeBob has a style all its own.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

November 18, 2004
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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An object lesson in the pitfalls of extending a 10-minute cartoon to feature length.

November 18, 2004
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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No more than a stretched-out television episode -- which is quite good enough, if you're a fan.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 17, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The best moments in his first movie outing are those that feel most TV-like, just another day in the eternally optimistic undersea society created with such contagious silliness by Stephen Hillenburg.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

November 17, 2004
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