The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)

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Critic Consensus: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water won't win over many viewers who aren't fans of the show, but for the converted, it's another colorful burst of manic fun.

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SpongeBob SquarePants, the world's favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet.(C) Paramount Pictures
Rating:
PG (for mild action and rude humor)
Genre:
Animation , Comedy , Kids & Family
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Cast

Antonio Banderas
as Burger-Beard
Tim Conway
as Seagull
Cree Summer
as Seagull
Rob Paulsen
as Seagull
Tom Kenny
as SpongeBob SquarePants/Gary/Waffle/Agreeable Mob Member
Clancy Brown
as Mr. Krabs
Rodger Bumpass
as Squidward Tentacles/Doctor/Angry Mob Member #2/Doughnut/Squi
Carolyn Lawrence
as Sandy Cheeks
Bill Fagerbakke
as Patrick Star/Male Fish/Eager Customer
Douglas Lawrence
as Plankton/Plankton Robot/News Anchor Fish
Billy West
as Seagull
Eddie Deezen
as Seagull
Mary Jo Catlett
as Mrs. Puff
Jill Talley
as Karen (the Computer Wife)/Ice Cream Cone #2
Eric Bauza
as Seagull
April Stewart
as Seagull
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Critic Reviews for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (29)

I never know what I want from commercial animated entertainment, but I do know that I like being able to suspect that -- by the standards of the competition -- its makers might be outlaws and lunatics.

Full Review… | February 20, 2015
Grantland
Top Critic

Business as usual for the irrepressibly cheerful, pineapple-dwelling sea-creature.

Full Review… | February 10, 2015
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's big, loud, choppy, in-your-face, and absolutely, positively glorious.

Full Review… | February 6, 2015
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Not the most gripping narrative, but the frenetic pace and nonstop gags will please young fans.

Full Review… | February 6, 2015
Newsday
Top Critic

"The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" remains true to the surrealism of its animated television roots. But it also tries to force a live-action element which isn't as comfortable a fit as a certain pair of symmetrical trousers.

Full Review… | February 5, 2015
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic

Even childless (and sober) I still had a pretty good time, and if you like silliness with a sprinkling of surrealism, you will too.

Full Review… | February 5, 2015
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

½

About 50% of this movie is psychedelic, Meta, Adult Swim-esque humor which had me rolling, but had most of the children in my screening staring at the screen with puzzled gazes. The other 50% is what those who are unfamiliar with SpongeBob would suspect it to be; a movie for children. And therein lies the problem. The 50/50 split is so unevenly distributed that long stretches (especially the initial 30 minutes) had me almost embarrassed that my low expectations were being met with such childish one-liners and remedial humor. But then again, I did pay to see a cartoon whose trailers pandered to the under 12 demographic. Read the rest of my review at: http://www.examiner.com/review/the-spongebob-movie-sponge-out-of-water-god-is-a-dolphin?no_cache=1425623106 Follow me on Twitter @moviesmarkus

Markus Robinson
Markus Robinson

Super Reviewer

Paul Tibbitt knows what to get out of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. A quick 90 minute journey from Bikini Bottom to the surface is what the story entails. Laced with obnoxious humor, as well as internal jokes, the film finds itself easy to swim along with. Familiarity with the series isn't a requirement for this viewing, but it helps since there isn't much character background to educate. The combination of original 2D animation, 3D rendering, and live action does wonders for this film's production. It serves as nice change ups throughout the story. There is nothing to argue about when it comes to the voices. The likes of Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, and Mr. Lawrence have been lending their talents to these characters for a long time. Antonio Banderas serves as the lone live action character to entertain. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water makes waves for a fun ride. Leave it at that.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

½

All things considered, Sponge Out of Water is an entertaining flight of fancy. I couldn't follow the story but then again I don't watch the cartoon. I'm clearly not the target audience. It's not that it's complicated. It's just that it's a really slapdash, haphazard affair. This is one of those films where you must put your brain in neutral and delight in the pure zaniness up on the screen. For example, the absence of delicious Krabby Patties thrusts the town into a post apocalyptic state. The plot includes time travel and meeting a talking dolphin named Bubbles. Pharrell Williams contributes 3 songs to the soundtrack including "Squeeze Me" which plays in the background whenever they zip through time. The two worlds, one featuring Burger-Beard the pirate and the other, SpongeBob, ultimately intersect. It spoils nothing to reveal this because the title, the poster and trailer all promise this event. The extended sequence where SpongeBob and his pals take to dry land in the physical reality of real people is indeed enjoyable. I must admit that in the beginning, I was thinking too much for this story. However once I had bought into the craziness, then I was up for anything. That's when I enjoyed it. fastfilmreviews.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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