The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)

SpongeBob SquarePants, the world's favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet.(C) Paramount Pictures

Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 2, 2015
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 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.

Wesley Morris

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.

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Rafer Guzman

Not the most gripping narrative, but the frenetic pace and nonstop gags will please young fans.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A time travel sequence is an eye-searing mind-melter, while the scene in which Plankton literally enters SpongeBob's brain mixes the sickly sweet esthetic of the Candyland board game with the nightmare surrealism of the 1938's 'Porky in Wackyland.'

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Simon Abrams
Village Voice

Business as usual for the irrepressibly cheerful, pineapple-dwelling sea-creature.

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Christy Lemire

"The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" remains true to the surrealism of its animated television roots. But it also tries to force a live-action element which isn't as comfortable a fit as a certain pair of symmetrical trousers.

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Josh Terry
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Sponge Out of Water strikes an effective balance between goofball humor that will entertain the kids and adult-targeted humor of a more wink-wink nature.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

It's big, loud, choppy, in-your-face, and absolutely, positively glorious.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Even childless (and sober) I still had a pretty good time, and if you like silliness with a sprinkling of surrealism, you will too.

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Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald

This elaborately plotted family film takes that goofily optimistic, bucktoothed sweetie SpongeBob SquarePants out from the animated briny depths of Bikini Bottom and up to the real, or at least fantastically computer-generated, reality of dry land.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Markus Robinson
About 50% of this movie is psychedelic, Meta, Adult Swim-esque humor which had me rolling, but had most of the children in my screening staring at the screen… More
KJ Proulx
While I was never an avid viewer, I have always been a fan of the "Spongebob Squarepants" television show, and the first theatrical outing they pulled… More
JY Skacto
Paul Tibbitt knows what to get out of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. A quick 90 minute journey from Bikini Bottom to the surface is what the story… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Mr. Krabs: Welcome to the apocalypse, Mr. Squidward. I hope you like wearing leather. It is a bit strange to go into detail about a movie such as The… More
Mark Hobin
All things considered, Sponge Out of Water is an entertaining flight of fancy. I couldn't follow the story but then again I don't watch the cartoon.… More
Joey Traverso
There are some genuinely funny moments that call back to what made the early episodes of SpongeBob enjoyable, and these moments just make up for the lack of… More