The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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For a period it seemed like every Nicktoon got its own movie and SpongeBob's was the most successful of the bunch (Until Sponge Out of Water) the film doesn't take full advantage of its characters but the humor, creativity, and adventure shine in this beautiful and surprisingly ambitious animated feature.
Is it as flawless as the three seasons that preceded it? Probably not, but man do I enjoy this movie. And despite what this site will tell you, this one is a hundred million times better than the new one that just came out.
As emotionally capturing and filled with great moments of worthy screen quality as theatrical pictures should be when compared to TV series, the SpongeBob Squarepants Movie is a wonderful, pleasant childhood memory that can outdo the lackluster post-2004 episodes of the TV series and the 2015 movie.
I have no idea what some of these washed up, fuddy-duddy reviewers on this website expected from a show of this format but I can't pay full homage to the superior storytelling skill of the team who made this film. There's something there for an audience of any age, albeit a few slightly tasteless gags for younger people. Overall this movie explores the important theme of transitioning into adulthood and I personally see it as a satirical mocking of modern day society. Some of the critics who reviewed this show clearly need to watch the film more carefully and with an open mind.