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'SpongeBob' Hits the Big Screen

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'SpongeBob' Hits the Big Screen

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SpongeBob and his best buddy Patrick are ready for action in the new animated film. Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Critic David Edelstein reviews The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, now in theaters. He calls the TV cartoon that spawned the animated film "a joyful spasm of whacked-out surrealism," but says the film has a much more straightforward plot and some pedestrian characters.

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