Shrek

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Shrek Reviews

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

November 25, 2013
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I seem to be the only one in the world unimpressed by this so-so animated feature.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 26, 2006
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Shrek isn't even as good, much less good-willed, than the more mediocre output of the Disney dynasty it wants so thirstily to topple.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: C

January 10, 2003
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Desperately avoiding the risk of even a half-second of boredom, the movie is wall-to-window-to-door noise, babbling, and jokes (the first minute sees the first fart gag), and demographically it's a hard-sell shotgun spray.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 16, 2001
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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When it's good, it's very, very good, but when it's bad, it's horrid.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

May 17, 2001
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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Toy Story 2 had a higher in-jokes/laughs ratio without straining to demonstrate its hipness or to evoke heartfelt emotions.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 17, 2001
Robert Wilonsky
New Times

Shrek isn't clever or smart. It just wants you to think it is, through wink after wink after wink.

May 17, 2001
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

animation is hardly groundbreaking

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: C

February 13, 2011
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

This postmodern Dreamworks cartoon takes brilliant, albeit infrequenet, jabs at Disney's totalitarian control of the fairy tale genre.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 13, 2001
Jon Lap
Apollo Guide

There are numerous faults in Shrek, enough to addle the brain. Chief among these are the narrative infirmities, which begin with the attempt at creating a fairytale that subverts the storytelling conventions of tradition.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 58/100

March 6, 2002
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

Big hit with kids AND adults but didn't gratify me.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 15, 2001
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club

November 25, 2013
Jimmy O
Film Snobs

I think Shrek sucks.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs

June 10, 2002
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

November 25, 2013
Cameron Meier
Orlando Weekly

Spends so much time being cleverly hip and spoofing all things Disney that it struggles to find its own identity.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

May 17, 2001
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Much of it seems a little sad, a deconstructivist overlay of jaded irony.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 18, 2001
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Am I alone in thinking that computer animation is the work of the antichrist?

Full Review Source: Salon.com

May 18, 2001
Dave White
IFilm

Any of TV animator Jay Ward's five-minute Fractured Fairy Tales has more laughs than you get here.

Full Review Source: IFilm

May 18, 2001
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Too long on slick, too short on magic.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

May 18, 2001
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper

It's still a squabble over money and reputation that matters very little to most of us.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper

May 18, 2001
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