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Shrek (2001)


Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 189
Fresh: 166
Rotten: 23

Critics Consensus: While simultaneously embracing and subverting fairy tales, the irreverent Shrek also manages to tweak Disney's nose, provide a moral message to children, and offer viewers a funny, fast-paced ride.

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 35
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: While simultaneously embracing and subverting fairy tales, the irreverent Shrek also manages to tweak Disney's nose, provide a moral message to children, and offer viewers a funny, fast-paced ride.


Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 1,373,631


Movie Info

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ornery ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. There are blind mice in his food, a big, bad wolf in his bed, three little homeless pigs and more, all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home--not to mention his own--Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona to be Farquaad's bride. … More

PG (for mild language and some crude humor)
Animation , Kids & Family , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Nov 2, 2001
Box Office:
Dreamworks - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Shrek

All Critics (189) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (166) | Rotten (23) | DVD (43)

However cunning the rendering of surfaces, there's still something flat and charmless in the digital look, and most of the pleasure rises not from the main romance but from the quick, incidental gags.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

The brilliance of the voice work, script, direction and animation all serve to make Shrek an adorable, infectious work of true sophistication.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Shrek's ability to fit in a number of touching, funny moments says much about the intelligence and wit behind it. It's just a shame that the film is never as clever or as hip as it so desperately feels the need to be.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

After a 90-minute onslaught of in-jokes, here's the real punch line: Shrek strives to have a heart. Supposedly there's a message about beauty coming from within, but somehow it rings hollow.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
Associated Press
Top Critic

The charms of Shrek, which is based on the children's book by William Steig, go far beyond in-jokes for adults.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

This romantic fantasy complicates the roles of beauty and beast, making it hard to guess what form a sensitive resolution will take.

Full Review… | February 17, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A a computer-animated burlesque fairy tale that generates more belly laughs than any live-action comedy since Best in Show.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
Baltimore Sun

The animation, with its dimensional verisimilitude, is beguiling and the whole package ends with a noncloying dash of uplift.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Shrek may not have the class of Buzz Lightyear, but he's a lovable great lunk, and you could do a lot worse this summer than see this.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013

There's no denying that the monster-as-hero device has 90-odd-minutes worth of entertainment mileage, and the delivery of the story's moral is handled well enough to avoid tweeness.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
Total Film

This animated fantasy comedy from DreamWorks is an irreverent, occasionally scatological fairy tale with state-of-the-art computer-generated images that almost steal a march on Toy Story.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
Radio Times

No matter which level of the movie a viewer responds to, anyone past the age of 5 who doesn't laugh repeatedly while seeing Shrek needs to have his funny bone examined.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
People Magazine

The story has rollicking moments and the visuals are amazingly realistic.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013
Christian Science Monitor

animation is hardly groundbreaking

Full Review… | February 13, 2011
Old School Reviews

Gross-out laughs meet a marvelous fairytale mix.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Though imperfect, "Shrek" offers enough diversions from animation's go-go-go that it's been sad - after lackluster third and fourth installments - to see the lovable green guy turn the way of impersonal franchise cash-grabbing.

Full Review… | October 1, 2010

A real highlight of the year, certainly the one to beat this summer.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Dark Horizons

The only things it takes seriously are the notions of true love and beauty-is-only-skin-deep, good things for kids to soak up after they've had their fill of flatulence.

Full Review… | May 4, 2010
East Bay Express

A very good and weird animated comedy adventure...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

It's one of the best fairytale films ever made, right up there with The Princess Bride.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for Shrek

With its colorful characters, light nature, gorgeous score, simple plot, and memorable sequences (most notably the "Hallelujah" montage), Shrek--though it may not be the most brilliant animated film to grace the silver screen--is ultimately a rewarding, fun experience.


Definitely one of the best animated films ever made. So many funny scenes and references to pop-culture. Love the adult humor as well. The character development throughout is perfect. Too bad about all the sequels after the 2nd film, have to ruin the franchise. They juice out whatever they can to make a quick buck. Shame!

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Eric Shankle

Super Reviewer

Shrek is up there with the greatest animated films ever. It is an animated film that was everything a comedy and animated film should be, but I am serious, never before has a movie spoofed fairy tales and princess stories so well and it actually has a great deal of heart to it that made it just so better as well. Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz were incredible in voicing their roles and their characters are some of the most memorable and fun characters in animated film history. Shrek is hard to top in animatio because of how well they struck gold when making this masterpiece, it isn't the greatest animated film ever, but I swear on the name of God its one of the best.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

SHREK is not just a family movie. It's a hilarious, wholesome take on the fairy tales that all of us have been familiar with since the age of three (or possibly even younger). And such a wonderful re-imagination became so beloved by both kids and grown-ups alike that three sequels were spawned to create a more in-depth continuum of the ridiculously funny story this one tells.

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

Shrek Quotes

Hey, come back there. I'm not through with you yet.
Well, I'm through with you.
Uh-uh. You know, with you it's always, "Me, me, me!" Wll, guess that! Now it's my turn! So you just shut up and pay attention! You're mean to me. You insult me and you don't appreciate anything that I do! You're always pushing me around or pushing me away.
Oh yeah? Well, if I treated you so bad, how come you came back?
Because that's what friends do! They forgive each other!
Oh yeah, you're right, Donkey. I forgive you... For stabbing me in the back!
– Submitted by Jean R (18 months ago)
Can I say something to you? Listen, you was really, really something back there. Incredible!
Are you talking to me?
Yes, I was talking to you. Can I tell you was great back there? Those guards! They thought they was all of that. Then you showed up, and bam! They was tripping over themselves like babes in the woods. That's really made me feel good to see that.
Oh, that's great. Really.
Man, it's good to be free.
Now, why don't you go to celebrate your freedom with your own friends? Hmm?
But, uh, I don't have any friends. And I'm not going out there by myself.
– Submitted by Jean R (18 months ago)
If that was me, you'd be dead.
– Submitted by Matthew R (22 months ago)
You know Donkey, sometimes things are more than they appear.
– Submitted by Camille Ann T (23 months ago)
I like that boulder. That is a nice boulder.
– Submitted by Ashley N (2 years ago)
This is the part where you run away.
– Submitted by Randon L (2 years ago)

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