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The Spongebob Squarepants Movie Reviews

December 1, 2008
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie takes on rather too much water during its extended feature-length submersion.
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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February 9, 2006
Anyone expecting anything more risky will be sadly disappointed.
November 23, 2004
Could SpongeBob, all gangly goodwill and ice cream appetite, be the anarchic savior for our stressed-out times?
November 22, 2004
If you are a non-parent and you're entertained by this, wow, good for you.
November 21, 2004
Like the TV show it's based on, it's a daffy, enjoyable creation.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 19, 2004
An animated adventure that's funnier than Shark Tale and more charming than The Polar Express.
November 19, 2004
There are also some wild swings into surrealism.
November 19, 2004
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.
November 19, 2004
It's silly, it's sweet, and it's full of all those adolescent jokes many find hard to resist.
November 19, 2004
For the most part, it's an easy and happy stretch, big on slapstick and jokes that groan rather than gross out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 19, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 19, 2004
The ratio of hit to miss leans slightly on the plus side.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
November 19, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 19, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
November 19, 2004
Count SpongeBob SquarePants among those small-screen comic characters that can't quite make the leap to the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 19, 2004
Put me squarely in the SquarePants corner: SpongeBob is an irresistibly amusing idea that deserves credit for the name alone.
Read More | Original Score: B-
November 19, 2004
That SpongeBob -- absorbent and porous and utterly hilarious is he.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2004
All of this happens in jolly animation with bright colors and is ever so much more entertaining than you are probably imagining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 18, 2004
It's all innocuous, forgettable fun, but it's firmly aimed at those who find underwear endlessly funny.
November 18, 2004
Harmlessly off-the-cuff -- but facing far more pedigreed multiplex competition -- SpongeBob barely rates as OK when compared with The Incredibles.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 18, 2004
You gotta love SpongeBob.
November 18, 2004
The experience is such a breath of playful good humor that it's difficult not to be happy it's here.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 18, 2004
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 | Original Score: B-
November 18, 2004
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 | Original Score: 4/5
November 18, 2004
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.
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
November 18, 2004
SpongeBob amphibiously straddles the surreal and the real worlds as did Groucho, Pee-wee and Tinky-Winky before him.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 18, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/4
November 18, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 18, 2004
An object lesson in the pitfalls of extending a 10-minute cartoon to feature length.
November 17, 2004
No more than a stretched-out television episode -- which is quite good enough, if you're a fan.
November 17, 2004
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 | Original Score: B-