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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
L.A. Weekly
The movie is driven almost entirely by its exhilaratingly subversive characters.
75
The trippy creation of onetime marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg, SpongeBob is a cockeyed optimist toiling at the bottom of the fast-food chain.
70
Variety
Possesses charm, as well as visual and musical appeal, on the bigscreen. But as with many short-form TV entities when sextupled in length, "SpongeBob" proves more palatable as scrumptious fast food than full-scale repast.
70
Dallas Observer
The central theme of the movie is the pure joy the cartoon takes in childishness.
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
The A.V. Club
It's all innocuous, forgettable fun, but it's firmly aimed at those who find underwear endlessly funny.
50
Chicago Tribune
If your kid has SpongeBob SquarePants underwear, it's a good bet she or he will relish The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
50
Rarely delivers anything above and beyond the scope of the series.

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