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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)



Critic Consensus: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water won't win over many viewers who aren't fans of the show, but for the converted, it's another colorful burst of manic fun.

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SpongeBob SquarePants, the world's favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet.(C) Paramount Pictures

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Bill Fagerbakke
as Patrick Star/Male Fish/Eager Customer, Patryk Rozgwiazda
Jill Talley
as Karen (the Computer Wife)/Ice Cream Cone #2
Mary Jo Catlett
as Mrs. Puff
Chip Lane
as Customer
Nina Repeta
as Woman with Stroller
Jesica Ahlberg
as Tanning Woman
Brody Rose
as Kicking Boy
Lillian Ellen Jones
as Sandcastle Girl
Ezra James Colbert
as Boy on the Beach
Billy West
as Seagull
Tom Kenny
as SpongeBob Kanciastoporty / Gacu?, SpongeBob SquarePants/Gary/Waffle/Agreeable Mob Member
Antonio Banderas
as Burger-Beard, Burgerobrody, Pirat Burger-Beard
Eric Bauza
as Seagull
Tim Conway
as Seagull
Eddie Deezen
as Seagull
Rob Paulsen
as Seagull
Cree Summer
as Seagull
Rodger Bumpass
as Skalmar Ob?ynos, Squidward Tentacles/Doctor/Angry Mob Member #2/Doughnut/Squi
Mr. Lawrence
as Plankton/Plankton Robot/News Anchor Fish
Clancy Brown
as Pan Krabs, monsieur Krabs, Mr. Krabs
Carolyn Lawrence
as Sandy Pysia, Sandy, Sandy Cheeks
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Critic Reviews for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (40)

The live-action sequences, in which Antonio Banderas chews the pirate scenery, may not live up to the Looney Tunes madness of the cartoons, but for sheer head-scrambling craziness this is hard to beat.

March 29, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Intermittently, SpongeBob's latest feature is very funny indeed, even for non-devotees of the original series.

March 27, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Sponge Out of Water has a frenetic, Looney Tunes pacing and a head-spinning, surreal story that makes you wonder whether it's aimed at children or stoners.

March 27, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Almost every line is a zinger, which can be appreciated in a state of total sobriety: it's a non-stoner stoner film - and very funny.

March 26, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film moves like a pyjama case full of angry weasels, and finds ingenious ways to cram every scene with just one more loopy, disposable gag or slapstick thwack. It may not be the year's best animated film, but it's almost certainly the most.

March 26, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a simple premise with proven appeal, giving director Paul Tibbitt and his team freedom to construct a film where just about every element of the storytelling exists to be parodied and undermined.

March 25, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water


About 50% of this movie is psychedelic, Meta, Adult Swim-esque humor which had me rolling, but had most of the children in my screening staring at the screen with puzzled gazes. The other 50% is what those who are unfamiliar with SpongeBob would suspect it to be; a movie for children. And therein lies the problem. The 50/50 split is so unevenly distributed that long stretches (especially the initial 30 minutes) had me almost embarrassed that my low expectations were being met with such childish one-liners and remedial humor. But then again, I did pay to see a cartoon whose trailers pandered to the under 12 demographic. Read the rest of my review at: Follow me on Twitter @moviesmarkus

Markus Robinson
Markus Robinson

Super Reviewer

Paul Tibbitt knows what to get out of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. A quick 90 minute journey from Bikini Bottom to the surface is what the story entails. Laced with obnoxious humor, as well as internal jokes, the film finds itself easy to swim along with. Familiarity with the series isn't a requirement for this viewing, but it helps since there isn't much character background to educate. The combination of original 2D animation, 3D rendering, and live action does wonders for this film's production. It serves as nice change ups throughout the story. There is nothing to argue about when it comes to the voices. The likes of Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, and Mr. Lawrence have been lending their talents to these characters for a long time. Antonio Banderas serves as the lone live action character to entertain. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water makes waves for a fun ride. Leave it at that.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer


All things considered, Sponge Out of Water is an entertaining flight of fancy. I couldn't follow the story but then again I don't watch the cartoon. I'm clearly not the target audience. It's not that it's complicated. It's just that it's a really slapdash, haphazard affair. This is one of those films where you must put your brain in neutral and delight in the pure zaniness up on the screen. For example, the absence of delicious Krabby Patties thrusts the town into a post apocalyptic state. The plot includes time travel and meeting a talking dolphin named Bubbles. Pharrell Williams contributes 3 songs to the soundtrack including "Squeeze Me" which plays in the background whenever they zip through time. The two worlds, one featuring Burger-Beard the pirate and the other, SpongeBob, ultimately intersect. It spoils nothing to reveal this because the title, the poster and trailer all promise this event. The extended sequence where SpongeBob and his pals take to dry land in the physical reality of real people is indeed enjoyable. I must admit that in the beginning, I was thinking too much for this story. However once I had bought into the craziness, then I was up for anything. That's when I enjoyed it.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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