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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

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Australia, Korea, United States · 2015
1h 33m
Director Mike Mitchell, Paul Tibbitt
Starring Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown
Genre Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

SpongeBob and his friends have their lives turned upside down when the top-secret recipe for the Krabby Patty is stolen. SpongeBob joins forces with perpetual adversary Plankton and comes ashore to battle the recipe thief, a fiendish pirate named Burger Beard who has his own plans for the delicious delicacies.

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The A.V. Club by

The visual effects and fast and furious quips combine for that rarest of releases: one that both parents and kids can enjoy (just like the show), leaving viewers of any age hoping that the next SpongeBob movie isn’t an entire decade off.


TheWrap by Alonso Duralde

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


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 of lesson.


Movie Nation 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 and songs — are pitched to be a lot more irritating to adults than to small fry.


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 enthusiastic note — “Hilarious!” — was written before the lights even dimmed.


The Dissolve by Tasha Robinson

It’s amiable goofiness, delivered at an emphatic, feverish pitch. Inevitably, what works fine in 11-minute episodes becomes strained over 90 minutes on the big screen, especially during a grating musical number about teamwork.

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