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

PAUSE 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

great for kids and the whole family. if your an adult there isnt really a reason to watch this. has funny moments. B

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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