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Shrek the Third Reviews

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Tony Delgado
Digital Spy
July 6, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 17, 2007
It's hard to buy into the movie making fun of anything when it's become such an easy target for mockery itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
June 13, 2007
What's lacking is that intangible sense of fun, of inventiveness, of ingenuity, that made the first Shrek something you ran to your friends, grabbed them by the arms and told them they simply HAD to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Himes
Flak Magazine
June 7, 2007
Antonio should use his Puss n' Boots voice in the Zorro sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 17, 2007
It makes the mistake of thinking slapstick action is funny for its own sake. True, characters zooming and bouncing around are easy to write because no creative invention is required to set them in motion. But so what?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
May 17, 2007
Four words say all that needs to be said about Shrek the Third: more of the same. The problem is, what seems fresh and pleasing the first time through starts to feel a little stale by the time we've gone through it three times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Pete Hammond
May 21, 2007
Green isn't just the color of ogres. It also represents the cold hard cash studio execs can again expect to reap, no matter how often they repeat the same basic joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
May 15, 2007
Blinded by avarice and all out of ideas, once again, Hollywood can't tell when enough is way more than enough.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 17, 2007
I doubt even rabid fans of the first two will consider Shrek the Third a worthy addition to the franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
April 10, 2008
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Computer-animated ugliness
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
May 18, 2007
The energy level flags a bit as the green swamp creature copes with greater responsibilities and impending fatherhood.
Scott Weinberg
May 18, 2007
It's just that when you're offered two delicious treats in a row, and then the third one feels rushed, bland and undercooked, it's tough not to feel a bit disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 9, 2007
Much of the bite and a good deal of the wit of the first two films are missing here.
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.0/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 21, 2007
This is the most visually impressive Shrek yet. It's also the least inspired.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 17, 2007
Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, and Antonio Banderas are three of the all-time best matches of actors to animated characters. So it's a shame the writers weren't inspired to give them funnier stuff to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 3, 2008
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 | Original Score: 5/10
Victoria Alexander
May 17, 2007
Boring and sluggish even with Shrek often naked.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 18, 2007
The film's humor is all in the business and nowhere in the lame story's two subplots, neither of which is strong enough to sustain a real movie.
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