The Spongebob Squarepants Movie
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Something nefarious is afloat in the depths of Bikini Bottom: King Neptune's crown has been stolen, and the prime suspect is Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob's boss at Mr. Krabs' Krabby Patties. Despite the overwhelming evidence against Mr. Krabs -- not to mention having been turned down for a long-awaited promotion at the restaurant -- SpongeBob (voice of Tom Kenny) refuses to believe that his boss is responsible and teams up with his best friend, Patrick (voice of Bill Fagerbakke), on a mission to Shell City, where he hopes he can exonerate Mr. Krabs and return the crown to its rightful… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie takes on rather too much water during its extended feature-length submersion."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Could SpongeBob, all gangly goodwill and ice cream appetite, be the anarchic savior for our stressed-out times?"
‑ Ed Park, Village Voice
"The questions that the religious right needs to ask are how and why they ever confused homosexuality with pedophilia. Not only does blurring this issue do gays a disservice, it lets SpongeBob get away with murder."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Brilliantly funny, inventive and delirious."
‑ Jamie Russell, Film4
"It's back to the drawing board for the TV show's creators, who have previously proven themselves capable of much better than this soggy and waterlogged miscalculation."
‑ Russ Breimeier, Christianity Today
"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"If you are a non-parent and you're entertained by this, wow, good for you."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Very similar to the edgy animated TV show."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"There are a few laughs for adults in this film. There are a few clever cultural references. Mostly, however, I found it underwhelming."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A film for kids, students, stoners, anyone who enjoys a break from reality."
‑ Will Lawrence, Empire Magazine
"Anyone expecting anything more risky will be sadly disappointed."
‑ , Time Out
"Like the TV show it's based on, it's a daffy, enjoyable creation."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"It's never afraid to break out of movie conventions and revert back to its series randomness and sheer Monty Python-esque humor that made it a hit with kids in the first place."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The new feature film has some of the charm of the small-screen original, but it lacks the sustained goofiness of the series."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Kansas City Star
"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."
‑ Philippa Hawker, Sydney Morning Herald
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