The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Reviews

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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.
January 17, 2006
hile there is something a little familiar about the use of a journey narrative, and the hint of an uplifting message at the end of the film, the breezy insouciance, gleeful absurdity and wacky innocence of the series remains.
February 8, 2005
Even when it misses the mark, SpongeBob drips with originality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 19, 2004
The ratio of hit to miss leans slightly on the plus side.
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.
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.
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.
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