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Shark Tale (2004)

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36

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 23

Derivative and full of pop culture in-jokes.

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50

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 680,470

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Oscar is a fast-talking little fish that dreams big. But his big dreams land him in hot water when a great white lie turns him into an unlikely hero. At first, his fellow fish swallow Oscar's story hook, line and sinker and he is showered with fame and fortune. It's all going along swimmingly, until it starts to become clear that Oscar's tale about being the defender of the Reef is all wet. Oscar is finding out that being a hero comes at a Market Price when his lie threatens to make him the

Feb 8, 2005

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All Critics (179) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (112) | DVD (19)

It is not in the same level of Finding Nemo but I still think it is worth seeing.

October 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Story is everything and Shark's is rather thin and soupy, despite the winning improvisational skills of stars Will Smith and Jack Black.

October 1, 2004 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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An uneasy cross between rival studio Pixar's Finding Nemo and DreamWorks' own Shrek franchise.

October 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Cluttered, claustrophobic and self-referential.

October 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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An entertaining 90 minutes.

October 1, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Inside this dazzling animation is a dim plot that imagines Goodfellas living in the land of Jaws and being serviced by the dudes at the Car Wash.

October 1, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Fast, fresh, funny action comedy set undersea.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Fast, fun and fabulous.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The script is a long string of awful verbal and visual puns, and the animation, while colorful, is a big step back from the Shrek films (and nowhere near Pixar's league).

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Quite simply the most middle of the road CG movie I think you'll ever see.

October 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Want a good fish story? Watch Finding Nemo again instead

October 11, 2006
Christianity Today

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

The kind of flashy and colorful but insultingly trite Hollywood regurgitation that far too often gets a pass under the excuse that "it's just a kids' movie."

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Although the vocal performances often amuse and delight, the overall design is charmless.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Katzenberg and company still haven't figured out that was makes Pixar's features so much better isn't just the quality of the art but the way they manage to generate actual emotion without coming across as superficial or cloying.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Shark Tale is no disaster, but despite the efforts of three directors, two screenwriters and phalanxes of technicians, it seems to be treading water.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

The movie is clearly written and produced around the persona of Will Smith, which is either glorious news or cringe-inducing, depending upon who you are.

June 26, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Nine years after Toy Story, the novelty of computer animation has worn off. Story and character need to capture our imagination.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

A solid film with a fair share of chuckles.

April 8, 2005

'Es divertida, colorida y musical. Una buena cinta de animación que injustamente ha sido menospreciada quizá por los valores que la hacen importante'

April 4, 2005

I went into Shark Tale expecting a low-rent Nemo wannabe; I left it understanding it to be a low-rent Nemo wannabe that works.

February 9, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

I think I am tiring of computer generated movies with 800 star voices and 800 real-world knock-offs like Katie Current and "Kelpy-Kremes."

January 3, 2005 Full Review
Broomfield Enterprise

As far as fishy stories go, this one makes a pretty weak movie chowder.

December 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

This animated feature suffers form a severe identity crisis that even voices by De Niro and Will Smith can't help.

November 14, 2004 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

The overall tone of the film lacks accessibility, and much of the humor is so dry that even those who might get the jokes are not likely to find them very funny.

November 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

There are so many bright, vibrant colors utilized...it puts your rods and cones at risk. But Shark Tale causes more than retinal fatigue -- it induces extreme boredom.

November 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

Audience Reviews for Shark Tale

dont you just love it when they make a gangster movie for childeren
February 20, 2013
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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Even with an all star cast, and good enthusiasm that brings the characters to life, the pop culture references and predictable plot are to big a distraction.
August 16, 2011
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

OK+
August 12, 2011
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

This isn't that great sadly. I watched this only because of Will Smith. Not terrible though. Watchable.
July 25, 2011
3niR
Dead Angel

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    1. Lenny: Curse you Sharkslayer!
    – Submitted by Jarrod P (18 months ago)
    1. Don Lino: I'm not askin' you anymore. I'm tellin' ya! Eat it!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Don Lino: [Irriated] Oy vey...
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Don Lino: Luca!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Lenny: [To Oscar] You need to slay a shark, and I need to disappear. Here's what we're gonna do...
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Don Lino: [Babytalking to his piranhas] How are my little babies this morning? Ya miss me? You doin' good? Huh? Huh?
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
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