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Shrek (2001)



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

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
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 9

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.



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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.


Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy


Nov 2, 2001


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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.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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The brilliance of the voice work, script, direction and animation all serve to make Shrek an adorable, infectious work of true sophistication.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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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.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
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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.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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The charms of Shrek, which is based on the children's book by William Steig, go far beyond in-jokes for adults.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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This romantic fantasy complicates the roles of beauty and beast, making it hard to guess what form a sensitive resolution will take.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A a computer-animated burlesque fairy tale that generates more belly laughs than any live-action comedy since Best in Show.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

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

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

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.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
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.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
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.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

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

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

animation is hardly groundbreaking

February 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Comments (11)
Old School Reviews

Gross-out laughs meet a marvelous fairytale mix.

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

October 1, 2010 Full Review Source:

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

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
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.

May 4, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

A very good and weird animated comedy adventure...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

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

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
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.
August 15, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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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!
August 16, 2012
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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.
September 12, 2011

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    1. Donkey: Hey, come back there. I'm not through with you yet.
    2. Shrek: Well, I'm through with you.
    3. Donkey: 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.
    4. Shrek: Oh yeah? Well, if I treated you so bad, how come you came back?
    5. Donkey: Because that's what friends do! They forgive each other!
    6. Shrek: Oh yeah, you're right, Donkey. I forgive you... For stabbing me in the back!
    – Submitted by Jean R (17 months ago)
    1. Donkey: Can I say something to you? Listen, you was really, really something back there. Incredible!
    2. Shrek: Are you talking to me?
    3. Donkey: 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.
    4. Shrek: Oh, that's great. Really.
    5. Donkey: Man, it's good to be free.
    6. Shrek: Now, why don't you go to celebrate your freedom with your own friends? Hmm?
    7. Donkey: But, uh, I don't have any friends. And I'm not going out there by myself.
    – Submitted by Jean R (18 months ago)
    1. Shrek: If that was me, you'd be dead.
    – Submitted by Matthew R (22 months ago)
    1. Shrek: You know Donkey, sometimes things are more than they appear.
    – Submitted by Camille Ann T (22 months ago)
    1. Donkey: I like that boulder. That is a nice boulder.
    – Submitted by Ashley N (2 years ago)
    1. Shrek: This is the part where you run away.
    – Submitted by Randon L (2 years ago)
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