The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Synopsis
SpongeBob SquarePants, the world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet.
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TheWrap

By Alonso Duralde
The jokes are consistently hilarious, with enough variety to tickle the funny bones of old salts and young fishies alike.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The spirit of the series remains true: cheerfully random jokes, blink-and-you’ll-miss-them references and, above all, a silly, stubbornly...
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80

Variety

By Andrew Barker
At times there’s a genuine sense of daring to the film’s freewheeling anarchy, its refusal to stick to a central theme or impart any sort...
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
By the time the end finally arrives, you realize you haven't laughed in quite a while and, instead, have been thinking about the chores you...
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Save for some halfway inventive touches, such as a meta-turn that evokes Chuck Jones’s surrealist Merrie Melodies short Duck Amuck, Sponge...
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63

RogerEbert.com

By Christy Lemire
Zany and zippy as you’d expect, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water remains true to the surrealism of its animated television roots.
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63

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
Ultimately, for the show’s fans, it may not matter if “Sponge Out of Water” shows a hint of mildew. After all, my co-critic’s most...
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63

Slant Magazine

By Eric Henderson
Its dedication to the transgressive power of frivolity remains the franchise's greatest weapon.
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Tribune News Service

By Roger Moore
The gags, puns mostly, skew quite young. And those things Spongebob does that drive his onscreen castmate nuts — the shrieks and giggles...
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The live-action elements — mostly in the person of Antonio Banderas as cranky pirate Burger Beard, who spends most of his time addressing a...
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Very little "Out of Water"

By phamm1985
The previews were not honest at all. A large majority of the movie was cartoon even though all of the previews are the characters in the "real world". I was pretty disappointed to be honest. Nick...

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By sawilliams236
My FAVORITE Nickoledeon cartoon is SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS I My FAVORITE Nickoledeon cartoon is SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS I My FAVORITE Nickoledeon cartoon is SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS I My FAVORITE Nickoledeon...

barely about spongebob!!

By cbarrera6748
This movie pretty much was boring and not like the usual spongebob antics. My son only liked the superhero parts which was the last 20-28mins of the movie....

Good fun for Spongebob fans.

By jgballar
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Spongebob Exuberates Family Friendly Fun, But Lacks Sophastication

By zackerman318
I Am A 43 Year Old Male, And I Have Watched Spongebob Squarepants: The TV Show, Ever Since I Was 32. I Greatly Enjoyed The Show, But It Left Me With Some Qualms. The Show Displays No Moral Lessons...

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By kenofadam
Like many reviews on here, I am also pointing out that the first hour was all cartoon and then they came out of water for about 20 minutes. Not like the previews at all. Both myself and my 9 years...

Good movie for sponge bob fans

By Brooks922
My kids love the movie even though I thought it was stupid, stupid in a good way if you have a kid mind, its worth taking your kiddos to see. Just to see my kids dance, smile and laugh ear-to-ear...

Worst 1.5 hours I've ever spent..

By domwin85
I normally enjoy movies with my daughter, however this not one of those occasions. I feel asleep from pure boredom. I could have watched something EXTREMELY similar from the comforts of my home...

Boring!!

By fry328
I am a 29 year old parent who took my kids to see the movie. We all found it boring and we all love spongebob. Very few LOL moments and a lot of parents were asleep in the theater. I was fighting...

Hilarious

By suitedude55
Even more hilarious when you're older because of the hidden references but good for kids as well! One of the funnest times I've had at the movies...

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Rated PG | For Rude Humor and Mild Action
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 6+ Fun, goofy SpongeBob movie is as trippy as the show.
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