Shrek 2 Reviews

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David Denby
New Yorker
November 25, 2013
The movie is obvious, but consistently entertaining and animated in DreamWorks's "realistic" digitized style.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 25, 2013
Can an ogre live happily ever after? Can fairy tale characters be content with their fairy tale lives? Can an Oscar-winning animated success generate a successful sequel? To all these questions, Shrek 2 is happy to answer yes, yes and yes.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 25, 2013
This second edition of DreamWorks's Oscar-winning ogre opus may not match the original for, well, originality, but it honors the prime injunction governing sequels: To thine own characters be true.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 25, 2013
The lovable characters remain, but they never do much of interest in a sequel that's safely above average but superfluous.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 25, 2013
A rare example of a sequel that's better than the original.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 5, 2008
Like the first movie this is unassailable family entertainment, with a gentle fairy tale for kids and a raft of mildly satirical pop-culture references for parents.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The animation's slick in a cautious, cute, conventional kind of way, and some scenes are really very funny.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Manages to undo much of what made its predecessor such a computer-generated joy ride.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 22, 2004
Is it going too far out on a beanstalk to say that Shrek 2 is one of the most mature movies about adult relationships ever made?
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 21, 2004
Sharply funny.
| Original Score: B
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 20, 2004
A sequel that is better and funnier than the original.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 20, 2004
This wonderfully animated movie is a little more softly pitched than its predecessor, but it still has plenty of rollicking spin on the ball.
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May 20, 2004
Should ideally be seen twice -- once with kids, once savored at something like a midnight show.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 20, 2004
One of the funniest movies I've seen in years. But I'm far from sure that it's a kids' movie anymore.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 19, 2004
Somebody warn Ellen Degeneres that her brief reign as best supporting cartoon voice is now in jeopardy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
May 19, 2004
Delivers more fun than there is slime in a green ogre's swamp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
May 19, 2004
Entertaining enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
May 19, 2004
The sequel doesn't feel like recycled pixie dust thanks to lovably loony new characters and a story crammed with enough pop-culture references to make Quentin Tarantino cry uncle.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 19, 2004
The Shrek franchise is alive and well -- Model 2 is zippier, sleeker, with ever-improving graphics, vast commercial potential and the same sly ability to reach out and hook the whole family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 19, 2004
Gags that feel tired, too many musical interludes, a story that doesn't really progress from the first film -- Shrek 2 feels a day late and an enchanted princess short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 19, 2004
It's not quite as emotionally rounded as Shrek was, but it's got heart and delirium in equal doses, as well as a firecracker rhythm all its own.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 19, 2004
Shrek 2 is thoroughly enjoyable and will keep audiences of all ages laughing.
| Original Score: B
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 19, 2004
The animation is still startlingly good and that, as well as the occasional bursts of wit, keeps Shrek 2 afloat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
May 19, 2004
The sequel to the 2001 computer-animated hit is just as fast, funny and smart as fans were hoping it would be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
May 19, 2004
The thrill isn't quite gone, but almost.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 19, 2004
It may not be great art, but it's funny stuff for all ages -- and that's a rare treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 19, 2004
Shrek 2 proves that winning writing trumps scenery chewing any day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 19, 2004
Fast and goofy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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May 19, 2004
Shrek 2 is a Hollywood rarity: a sequel every bit as good -- if not better -- than the original.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 19, 2004
For many people, especially adults, Shrek 2 will be judged the superior of the two pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 19, 2004
A frenetic and very enjoyable 93 minutes at the movies for child and parent alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 19, 2004
A respectable effort and a solid example of family-friendly entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 19, 2004
Shrek 2 will charm audiences much like the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 18, 2004
Shrek 2 brims with perverse pleasures that show no respect for the rules of kiddie-cartoon form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 18, 2004
A sequel as exhilarating and riotously funny as 2001's top-grossing original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 18, 2004
Not quite as sparkling as the first, but it gets nuttier as it goes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 18, 2004
So gorgeously animated and so thoroughly entertaining for all ages that only an ogre would complain it's not quite as fresh as the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 18, 2004
This sequel is above average in terms of energy, cleverness and production values. But the original computer-animated blockbuster was so far off the scale that it's hardly fair to expect this one to measure up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
May 18, 2004
A solid if not groundbreaking yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 18, 2004
Shrek 2 is bright, lively and entertaining, but it's no Shrek.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 18, 2004
Pretensions toward cohesion and character empathy are scuttled in favor of broad-barn gaggery.
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Dave Larsen
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 18, 2004
A hilarious and heartwarming chip off the old lime-green block.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 18, 2004
As funny, sweet and engaging as the first film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 18, 2004
Slick and playful entertainment that remains carefully inoffensive beneath its veneer of bad manners.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 17, 2004
Like Toy Story 2 and the Lord of the Rings sequels, Shrek 2 is that rare adventure follow-up that doesn't let you down.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 17, 2004
The appeal of the characters and the abundance of cleverness in the telling will keep viewers grinning, if not always laughing, through most of the picture.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 17, 2004
A piecemeal plot that seems to go nowhere and be about nothing and wind up no place, somewhat effectively camouflaged by a number of intriguing but incidental bits.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 15, 2004
Again presents a world of sight gags, puns, anachronisms and satire within the confines of an off-center fairy tale filled with richly detailed characters and a vibrant sense of fun.