The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

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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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Life is dandy in Bikini Bottom for SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and his friends Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke), Squidward (Rodger Bumpass), Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown) and Sandy (Carolyn Lawrence). However, when the top-secret recipe for Krabby Patties is stolen, SpongeBob finds that he must join forces with perpetual adversary Plankton (Mr. Lawrence) and come ashore to battle a fiendish pirate named Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas), who has his own plans for the delicious delicacies.

Cast & Crew

Tom Kenny
SpongeBob SquarePants, Gary the Snail
Voice
Bill Fagerbakke
Patrick
Voice
Rodger Bumpass
Squidward Tentacles
Voice
Clancy Brown
Mr. Krabs
Voice
Carolyn Lawrence
Sandy Cheeks
Voice
Mr. Lawrence
Plankton
Voice
Jill Talley
Karen
Voice
Slash
Jerry Vandergeld
Christopher Backus
Captain Burger-Beard Sr.
Glenn Berger
Screenwriter
Jonathan Aibel
Screenwriter
Paul Tibbitt
Screenwriter
Stephen Hillenburg
Executive Producer
Cale Boyter
Executive Producer
John Debney
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Critic Reviews for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (84) | Rotten (20)

  • Intermittently, SpongeBob's latest feature is very funny indeed, even for non-devotees of the original series.

    March 27, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Sponge Out of Water has a frenetic, Looney Tunes pacing and a head-spinning, surreal story that makes you wonder whether it's aimed at children or stoners.

    March 27, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • Almost every line is a zinger, which can be appreciated in a state of total sobriety: it's a non-stoner stoner film - and very funny.

    March 26, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film moves like a pyjama case full of angry weasels, and finds ingenious ways to cram every scene with just one more loopy, disposable gag or slapstick thwack. It may not be the year's best animated film, but it's almost certainly the most.

    March 26, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a simple premise with proven appeal, giving director Paul Tibbitt and his team freedom to construct a film where just about every element of the storytelling exists to be parodied and undermined.

    March 25, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 20, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

  • Jan 02, 2017
    Mom and I saw this in 3-D winter before last and we both found it even better than we were expecting it was going to be. A majority of fans of the first film like me will have a blast watching SpongeBob in this film and I wouldn't mind Paramount and Nickelodeon Studios making a third one. You will not be disappointed!
    David T Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2016
    I watch SpongeBob to laugh. I did. Supremely silly. Banderas is great. I don't have children, so I don't know how this will play to that demographic. I loved it and would watch it again.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2015
    It's crazy but it works.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2015
    You either get Spongebob, or you don't. There is no in between. He and his band of underwater friends have been entertaining children and adults alike, in equal measure, for over 10 years. Sponge Out of Water is his second feature, which, like the first, is just an extremely extended episode. With all that knowledge at your disposal, you should know how you feel about this innocent, innocuous talking sponge and how you would feel about spending 90 minutes or so with him. Sponge Out of Water delivers exactly what its title promises, so it's built in audience will lap up this madcap extended play without provocation. And if you aren't down with it, well, perhaps ease your senses with a few episodes before diving into this screwball feature.
    Jason S Super Reviewer

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