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The Spongebob Squarepants Movie Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 19, 2004
It's a tedious little time-killer that even a wacky, last-minute cameo by Baywatch's David Hasselhoff can't rescue.
| Original Score: 2/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
November 23, 2004
Viewing The Incredibles one night and SpongeBob the next is like spending a weekend in Paris before your visit to Fallujah.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 19, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 22, 2004
If you are a non-parent and you're entertained by this, wow, good for you.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 18, 2004
Like a 'supersized' episode of a half-hour sitcom or a cute kid stalling to avoid bedtime, it overstays its welcome.
| Original Score: 2/4
Christian Toto
Washington Times
November 22, 2004
This big-screen SpongeBob won't win over many new fans
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
December 1, 2008
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie takes on rather too much water during its extended feature-length submersion.
Cole Smithey
January 10, 2011
The questions that the religious right needs to ask are how and why they ever confused homosexuality with pedophilia. Not only does blurring this issue do gays a disservice, it lets SpongeBob get away with murder.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 29, 2004
Disappointingly damp.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Uri Lessing
July 25, 2005
...asks the audience to endure three times as much frenetic potty humor, repetitive jokes and screechy voice acting as they are used to. The result is exhausting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
November 24, 2004
SpongeBob SquarePants is one of those newer generation cartoons where obnoxiousness has replaced bitter sarcasm and gross-out humor has replaced violent slapstick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David N. Butterworth
November 30, 2004
Any resemblance between this big screen debacle and the sweet-and-funny Nickelodeon cable show on which it's supposedly based is entirely coincidental.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Dan Lybarger
Kansas City Star
February 18, 2007
The new feature film has some of the charm of the small-screen original, but it lacks the sustained goofiness of the series.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 18, 2004
Harmlessly off-the-cuff -- but facing far more pedigreed multiplex competition -- SpongeBob barely rates as OK when compared with The Incredibles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today
October 11, 2006
It's back to the drawing board for the TV show's creators, who have previously proven themselves capable of much better than this soggy and waterlogged miscalculation.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jackie K. Cooper
November 22, 2004
It may be aimed at children, but my inner child was screaming, "Get me out of here!"
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 20, 2008
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.
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
November 18, 2004
It's disappointing that Hillenberg didn't use his large-screen canvas to push the possibilities of the show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mary-Liz Shaw
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 18, 2004
Fans of the show may miss several recurring characters, including Bob's pet snail Gary, which are mostly no-shows. And the college crowd may be disappointed in the relatively sparse number of pop-culture allusions.
| Original Score: 2/4
Dustin Putman
November 19, 2004
These daffy sea creatures pale enormously next to the infinitely superior joys of The Incredibles and The Polar Express.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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