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SpongeBob Move, The: Sponge Out of Water (U)

SpongeBob Move, The: Sponge Out of Water (U)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

When a diabolical pirate above the sea steals the secret Krabby Patty formula, SpongeBob and his nemesis Plankton must team up in order to get it back.

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The critical consensus

Next to message-laden, CG-soaked kids’ animations, SpongeBob stands alone. His return is a skittish but winning splash of nonsense: dip in.

***(*)(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 23/03/2015

Over-familiar and the first half's pace is sea-sluggish but with inspired touches.

***(*)(*)Nick de Semlyen, Empire Online, 23/03/2015

For the most part, Sponge Out of Water provides decent-sized doses of wacky animated fun; it's packed full of hilarious one-liners, pop culture references and colourful characters that should keep both adults and kids entertained.

***(*)(*)Katherine McLaughlin, The List, 23/03/2015

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.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 26/03/2015

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

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 27/03/2015

Verdict: Splashing laughs.

***(*)(*)Brian Viner, Daily Mail, 27/03/2015

The speed, frivolous nature and sheer preponderance of the slapstick gags during the early, fully animated sequences are joyously anarchic.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 28/03/2015

It lacks the charm as Spongebob’s last cinematic outing, but it is rather funny considering the odds stacked against it.

***(*)(*)Douglas James Greenwood, The Edinburgh Reporter, 28/03/2015

Should please young fans and offers up some droll humour for adults despite a rather innocuous story.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 29/03/2015

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.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 29/03/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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