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New SpongeBob Movie,Sponge Out of Water got mostly positive reviews from top critics. Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies released their new animated comedy flick, “SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” into theaters this weekend, and the top movie critics have delivered their reviews. It turns out that most of them did like it, giving it an overall 62 score out of a possible 100 across 22 reviews at Metacritic.com.

The movie stars: Antonio Banderas, Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, and Douglas Lawrence. We’ve provided blurbs from a couple of the critics, below.

Alonso Duralde from TheWrap, gave it a terrific 88 score, saying: “The jokes are consistently hilarious, with enough variety to tickle the funny bones of old salts and young fishies alike.”

Elizabeth Weitzman from the New York Daily News, gave it an 80 grade, saying: ” 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 from Variety, gave it another 80 score. He said: “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 at RogerEbert.com, gave it a 63 grade, stating: “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 over at the New York Post, gave it a 63, saying: “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 from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 60 score, saying: “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.”

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