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The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    SpongeBob barely rates as OK when compared with "The Incredibles."

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The movie is much too long, but mostly, and sometimes very, entertaining.

  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter 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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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 6 & under

Very similar to the edgy animated TV show.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie based on the TV character SpongeBob has cartoon violence with some mature elements -- including drunken knife fights -- that some parents may not feel comfortable with. Also, expect crude humor, name-calling, and many commercial tie-ins. Bikini Bottom seems to have an economy that is entirely fast-food-driven, which may pose a problem for families trying to teach children to eat sensibly.

  • Families can talk about what makes SpongeBob and his friends funny? Is the silliness all harmless fun, or are there some negative messages here?
  • Parents: Do your kids reenact some of the antics they see in this movie? What is your reaction to this?
  • Is it important that kids TV teach lessons, or is it OK to just entertain?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: Intended to entertain, not educate.

  • message true0

    Messages: Some messages about compassion, loyalty, and being yourself tucked inside a whole bunch of silly behavior.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Mindy, King Neptune's daughter, is compassionate and smart. She doesn't want to see anyone get hurt, and uses her skills to help save the kingdom. Sponge Bob and Patrick are are the last guys you'd want saving the world. They are reckless, feckless and obnoxious -- but that's kind of the point.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Gets more violent and perilous as the movie progresses. From shoving, smacking, and stepping-on, to drunken knife fights and dagger-soled boots, there is a creative array of brutal stuff. Bullies act ruthlessly, threatening that "all bubble blowing babies will be beaten senseless." They follow up with punches a-plenty.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Characters shown in their underpants, use of body parts for gags. A female character is ogled, and Patrick dresses in stripper boots.

  • language false1

    Language: Name-calling: "twit," "stupid," "dork," "ding-a-ling," "damning piece of evidence," and "Sponge Boob."

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: Commercial tie-ins with junk food and many other products.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Aped drunken behavior after SpongeBob and Patrick binge on ice cream. Real drunken behavior among tough guys in a bar. Beer, cigarettes, bottles of alcohol are consumed by bar patrons. Drunken brawls ensue.