Box art for The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

anime & animation, children & family, comedy

SpongeBob SquarePants takes leave from the town of Bikini Bottom in order to track down King Neptune's stolen crown.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

ON for kids age 6
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Educational value
0 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: SpongeBob looks so slapped together and indulgently cruddy that its cheapness seems like a thumb in the eye of anyone who paid to see it.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, November 19, 2004

Fresh: Retains the 2-D charm of the hugely popular Nickelodeon cartoon but adds a few tricks -- a little 3-D here, a little David Hasselhoff there.

- Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, November 19, 2004

Rotten: 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, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I'll admit that I LOVE Spongebob because it's stupid-funny and I don't have to think about most of it. It appeals to kids and adults alike and 20-30 years from now when all of today's cartoons are long gone, this is the one that people will still remember. Not Ben-10 or that Phineas and Ferb garbage, Spongebob is a true cartoon classic. But for some reason, the movie just didn't pan out all that well. Maybe it's too much live action intertwined or just because for some reason it's too boring but it just doesn't stand up to the regular show. Worth watching, but not much else.

- middleeasternfilms, Sunday, January 3, 2010

3 stars

Truth be told, I haven't always been a fan of Spongebob. I had heard a lot about the show before, but dismissed it as a weird-looking Nikelodeon product made solely for kids. Not until now, when I took the time to watch some whole episodes (as well as this movie), did I discover and understand why everyone likes it so much. And boy, did it teach me a lesson in not judging something beforehand. Because the more I saw, the more I fell in love with its characters. Not since the golden days of The Simpsons during the 90's, have I enjoyed watching an animated series so much. And I'm happy to say that it was just as great in this larger format. A really enjoyable watch, full of fun and adventure. So if this doesn't put a smile on your face, I regret to inform that you're as humorless as Squidward ;-)

- CloudStrife84, Monday, December 14, 2009

4 stars

SpongeBob SquarePants: And after the promotion ceremony, we're gonna party till we're purple. Patrick Star: Yay! I love being purple! A wonderfully enjoyable comedy that brings Nickelodean's SpongeBob Squarepants to the big screen. Its a lot of goofy fun that makes me smile. I've been a big SpongeBob fan for a long time and I'm not a young child, I started watching while I was in High School and still enjoy him nearly a decade later. A lot of people (non-children) seem to enjoy SpongeBob while high. I don't do drugs, but I still find SpongeBob very enjoyable due to the combination of some weird imagery, absurdest humor, and the innocence of SpongeBob's character. Squidward Tentacles: Finds SpongeBob in his shower with him] SpongeBob, what are you doing? SpongeBob SquarePants: I have to tell you something. Squidward Tentacles: Whatever it is, can't it wait until we get to work? SpongeBob SquarePants: There's no shower at work. Squidward Tentacles: What is it? SpongeBob SquarePants: I just wanted to let you know I'll be thanking you in my managerial acceptance speech today. Squidward Tentacles: shouts] Get out! The story involves SpongeBob's journey to prove himself worthy of a manager's position at his job by helping retrieve the stolen crown of the king of SpongeBob's home town, Bikini Bottom. The stolen crown is the result of another plot created by the evil Plankton to succeed in his evilness. SpongeBob and his best friend Patrick must now go on their mission and complete it before they are too late. What certainly helps is how the plot does actually matter. It serves a purpose to keep the film going and even lends itself to a couple of themes involving responsibility while remaining true to oneself. That being said, this movie is perfectly enjoyable due to it having the same sense of humor that it does on television. It doesn't necessarily try to up the ante, just make a good enough story to last for 90 minutes. Although it does feature not one, but two amazing cameos. Alec Baldwin as a ruthless bounty hunter (comedy gold) and David Hasselhoff as David Hasselhoff (comedy platinum). I wouldn't say its an acquired taste, but if enjoy the show at all, or Nickelodean's Nick Toons, or feel like having a good goofy time, then this can appeal to you. It certainly makes me smile. Attendant #1: You two dipsticks wouldn't last ten seconds over the county line. SpongeBob SquarePants: Oh, yeah? We'll just see about that. they drive over the line; a thief stops them] Thief: Out of the car, fellas. thief drives off with Patty Wagon] SpongeBob SquarePants: How many seconds was that? Attendant #2: Twelve. SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star: In your face!

- DrZeek, Sunday, March 29, 2009