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Shrek the Third (2007)


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 205
Fresh: 83 | Rotten: 122

Critics Consensus: Shrek the Third has pop culture potshots galore, but at the expense of the heart, charm, and wit that made the first two Shreks classics.

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 26

Critics Consensus: Shrek the Third has pop culture potshots galore, but at the expense of the heart, charm, and wit that made the first two Shreks classics.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 2,215,605


Movie Info

When Shrek married Fiona, the last thing he had in mind was becoming the next King. But when Shrek's father-in-law, King Harold, suddenly croaks, that is exactly what he faces. Unless Shrek (with the help of his trusted companions Donkey and Puss In Boots) can find a suitable King for Far Far Away, the ogre could be stuck with the job. The most promising candidate, Fiona's cousin Artie, an underachieving Medieval high school slacker, proves to be more of a challenge than they bargained for.

PG (for some crude humor, suggestive content and swashbuckling action)
Animation , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Jeffrey Price , Peter S. Seaman , Jon Zack
In Theaters:
Nov 13, 2007
Box Office:
Dreamworks - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Shrek the Third

All Critics (205) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (83) | Rotten (122) | DVD (35)

Apart from some modestly amusing princess shtick and a pleasantly slapsticky opening, there's no real reason for anyone over the age of 11 to see this one.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

This is a very skillfully made corporate product, but I wonder who, exactly, will be fully satisfied.

Full Review… | April 7, 2008
Top Critic

A shame it lacks the smart sassiness of its predecessors. Time to call time, we think.

Full Review… | June 29, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Computer-generated animated movies with wall-to-wall jokes can be excruciating, but these jokes are the funniest money can buy.

Full Review… | June 29, 2007
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

This is the most visually impressive Shrek yet. It's also the least inspired.

May 21, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

The plot material isn't as strong as in the first two movies -- if anything, it feels a bit desperate -- but the anti-Disney joke blunderbuss remains in good working order.

Full Review… | May 21, 2007
New Yorker
Top Critic

With a plot lacking no urgency, Shrek 3 is a well-animated film containing a few standout, but ultimately throwaway sequences that don't do enough to sustain our interest.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Digital Spy

Computer-animated ugliness

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

From its humble, elegant origins as a slim children's book by William Steig, Shrek has metastasized into a symptom of and metaphor for the entertainment industry and modern culture in general.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

Shrek the Third has the curse of the third in a bankable series. It is too often sappy, tiresome, and overblown. A franchise such as Shrek, with all the money it has accumulated, should be able to buy a little freshness and originality. But instead

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

The best thing it has going for it is its look, which is stunning.

Full Review… | September 20, 2008
Movie Metropolis

Though the devious wit of the original remains, it is obscured by too many classic-rock interludes (courtesy of Led Zeppelin, Heart and Paul McCartney) and nudging pop-culture references that seem by now just part of the formula.

April 10, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

The problem with this film is that after a quick, fun beginning they repeat a similar journey from the first film. Except this time, Shrek and Artie argue instead of Shrek and Fiona.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
The Scorecard Review

Your kids may enjoy it, but you would do better to wait for the video.

Full Review… | February 1, 2008
3BlackChicks Review

Feels refreshed and might be -- especially for relieved parents -- the most entertaining film of the franchise.

Full Review… | January 2, 2008
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

While there are times of moderate amusement, Shrek the Third offers few surprises. It seems as though perhaps the creators have found their stride and are calling it in more than going out on a limb.

Full Review… | November 18, 2007

Princess power saves the day for ogre and pals.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
Common Sense Media

To trito sequel mias ap' tis pio dimofileis mythologies stin istoria toy animation, poy apodeiknyetai pera apo ahreiasto, olotela eisitiriothiriko kai safos katotero tis istorias toy kleisimo enos franchise poy ehei, ap' o,ti fainetai, pia eksantlithei.

Full Review… | October 14, 2007
Movies for the Masses

Shrek the Third, which vigilantly flirts with the grey matter between child's play and adult humor, creates curious questions for children while bringing back beloved characters for another joyride in Far Far Away.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007

It's far too open in its desires (MAKING MONEY) to be hate-worthy.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
Antagony & Ecstasy

The film has little new to offer and the trailers show most of the funny moments.

Full Review… | August 4, 2007

Any film with the wherewithal to cast Ian McShane as Captain Hook has more going for it than flatulence.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

This third outing sadly lacks in ambition and, at times, even offers the whiff of sitcom plotting and plodding.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Jam! Movies

It might be best to let the big guy live happily ever after.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

Audience Reviews for Shrek the Third


It lacks the magic the two films possessed, period. Shrek the Third, although has it's powerful cast (with new additions) stumbles upon its stalling story and uninspiring tale. 3.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


not as good as the first 2

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


It was okay. A bit gross. Not as funny as the other ones.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

What the Shrek has happened with such a funny series!? The first SHREK was an original, imaginative take on almost every fairy tale; SHREK 2 was a great, entertaining sequel, and now, folks, we have SHREK THE THIRD, even though somewhat creatively titled, a terrible, terrible film that loses Mike Myers all his humor and loses Eddie Murphy all his wit. There's nothing good here.

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

Shrek the Third Quotes

Prince Charming: You. You can't lie, so tell me puppet, where is Shrek? Pinocchio: Uh, hmm, well, uh, I don't know where he's not. Prince Charming: You're telling me, you don't know where Shrek is? Pinocchio: It wouldn't be inaccurate to assume that I couldn't exactly not say that it is or isn't almost partially incorrect. Prince Charming: So, you do know where he is? Pinocchio: On the contrary, I'm possibly more or less not definitely rejecting the idea that in no way with any amount of uncertainty that I undeniably do or do not know where he shouldn't probably be, if that indeed wasn't where he isn't. Even if he wasn't at where I knew he was that'd mean I really have to know where he wasn't.
– Submitted by Kia M (2 years ago)
Prince Charming: He's bringing back the next heir?
– Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
Prince Charming: You don't know where Shrek is?
– Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
Prince Charming: [Facepalms himself]
– Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
Prince Charming: Stop it!
– Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
Prince Charming: So you DO know where he is?
– Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)

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