New SpongeBob Movie,Sponge Out of Water Received Mostly Positive Reviews From Major Critics
Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies released their new animated comedy film, “SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews have been submitted by the top,major movie critics. It turns out that it resonated pretty well with most of them, getting an overall 62 score out of a possible 100 across 22 reviews at the Metacritic.com site.
The film stars: Antonio Banderas, Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, and Douglas Lawrence. We’ve provided blurbs from a few of the critics, below.
Alonso Duralde over at TheWrap, gave it a very nice 88 score, stating: “The jokes are consistently hilarious, with enough variety to tickle the funny bones of old salts and young fishies alike.”
Elizabeth Weitzman at the New York Daily News, gave it an 80 score, stating: ” The spirit of the series remains true: cheerfully random jokes, blink-and-you’ll-miss-them references and, above all, a silly, stubbornly sentimental streak that only the crabbiest cynic could dismiss.”
Andrew Barker over at Variety, gave it another 80 grade. He stated: “At times there’s a genuine sense of daring to the film’s freewheeling anarchy, its refusal to stick to a central theme or impart any sort of lesson.”
Nicolas Rapold from The New York Times, gave it a 70 score. He stated: “The new film displays enough nutty writing and sheer brio to confirm the stamina of its enduring and skillfully voiced characters.”
Christy Lemire from RogerEbert.com, gave it a 63 score, saying: “Zany and zippy as you’d expect, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water remains true to the surrealism of its animated television roots.”
Sara Stewart from the New York Post, gave it a 63 score, stating: “Ultimately, for the show’s fans, it may not matter if “Sponge Out of Water” shows a hint of mildew. After all, my co-critic’s most enthusiastic note — “Hilarious!” — was written before the lights even dimmed.”
Betsy Sharkey over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 60 grade, stating: “What saves the film is that it is also packed to the gills with the classic slapstick sweetness that makes SpongeBob — in or out of water, on big screen or small — hard not to laugh at and love at least a little. Giggle, giggle.”
Michael Rechtshaffen from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 60 score. He said: ” Rather than further expanding those seemingly limitless SpongeBob horizons, the live action/CG stuff never satisfyingly jibes with the traditional nautical nonsense down below.”
Claudia Puig over at USA Today , gave it a 50 grade, stating: “The live-action elements — mostly in the person of Antonio Banderas as cranky pirate Burger Beard, who spends most of his time addressing a flock of seagulls — don’t mesh seamlessly with the animated sequences. It almost feels like two movies awkwardly melded together.”