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Metascore

Based on 32 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
The delights of the movie lie in its zany characters, its goofy settings, and above all its surrealistic visual style.
90
The Hollywood Reporter
The result is an animated adventure that's funnier than "Shark Tale" and more charming than "The Polar Express."
80
Its instinctive, unstoppable cheerfulness can be, as all those millions of viewers have found, something of a tonic if you're in the mood.
75
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.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
Delightful.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
The trippy creation of onetime marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg, SpongeBob is a cockeyed optimist toiling at the bottom of the fast-food chain.
75
New York Daily News
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.
75
New York Post
Full of action and silliness that will delight rug rats, but it's still hip and absurd enough to entertain grown-ups, too.
75
The film, which is as economically made as it is primitively animated, ambles from adventure to adventure, taking nothing seriously, not even itself.
67
Entertainment Weekly
The best moments in his first movie outing are those that feel most TV-like, just another day in the eternally optimistic undersea society.
60
Wall Street Journal
The movie is much too long, but mostly, and sometimes very, entertaining.
50
SpongeBob barely rates as OK when compared with "The Incredibles."

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