Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The delights of the movie lie in its zany characters, its goofy settings, and above all its surrealistic visual style.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
The result is an animated adventure that's funnier than "Shark Tale" and more charming than "The Polar Express."
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The trippy creation of onetime marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg, SpongeBob is a cockeyed optimist toiling at the bottom of the fast-food chain.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It won't cure the ills of the world, but it doesn't need to. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is adorable in its own spongy way.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The film, which is as economically made as it is primitively animated, ambles from adventure to adventure, taking nothing seriously, not even itself.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Assuming that few members of SpongeBob's primary audience are reading this (or can read), all I can tell you is, the movie is likely to be more fun than you expect.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The best moments in his first movie outing are those that feel most TV-like, just another day in the eternally optimistic undersea society.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The movie is much too long, but mostly, and sometimes very, entertaining.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
SpongeBob barely rates as OK when compared with "The Incredibles."
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66 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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