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Shrek the Third Reviews

Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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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 Source: NPR.org

October 18, 2008
David Ansen
Newsweek
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This is a very skillfully made corporate product, but I wonder who, exactly, will be fully satisfied.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

April 7, 2008
Derek Adams
Time Out
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A shame it lacks the smart sassiness of its predecessors. Time to call time, we think.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

June 29, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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Computer-generated animated movies with wall-to-wall jokes can be excruciating, but these jokes are the funniest money can buy.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

June 29, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This is the most visually impressive Shrek yet. It's also the least inspired.

May 21, 2007
David Denby
New Yorker
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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 Source: New Yorker

May 21, 2007
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Kids craving a safe summer-film sugar rush won't care much, though adult fans are bound to wish upon a star for something besides another animated feature running on autopilot.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

May 19, 2007
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Feels sluggish and tired; its relentless, not-so-great gags hit with the soft thud of stone-hard bread crumbs.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

May 19, 2007
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 18, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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A parallel world of wonders, zestfully conceived and radiantly rendered, in which the great-hearted ogre tries his likeable best to avoid the parallel threats of kingship and parenthood.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

May 18, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The world of the fanciful fable looks particularly vibrant this time with its signature blend of realism and fantasy. It is a pleasure to watch these fairy tale folk be themselves -- yet again.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

May 18, 2007
Rob Salem
Toronto Star
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What the characters and satirical situations may lack this time out in a certain fresh vitality, they more than compensate for with a warm, laid-back familiarity ... and the occasional, out-of-left-fjord surprise.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

May 18, 2007
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The series is showing signs of aging, from the predictably jokey store signs (Versarchery, Abercrombie and Witch) to the classic-rock instrumentals playing under the fight scenes.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 18, 2007
Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
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Shrek may have been first, but revisionist fairy tales have become more common than the real thing, and this sequel should have done more to differentiate itself.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 18, 2007
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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The movie's tidy running time is crammed with so many yuks that I'd have to watch two or three times to catch them all. And I wouldn't mind.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 18, 2007
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Don't arrive late, children, because what little energy exists gets expended early on.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

May 18, 2007
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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An amusing -- if not consistently brilliant -- edition of a series that has yet to show signs that it needs to call it quits.

| Original Score: B

May 18, 2007
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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One measure of comedy's pleasure might be how often you recount the best bits after leaving the theater. Shrek is loaded with the sort of set pieces, both hysterical and satisfyingly amusing, you'll irk friends with.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 18, 2007
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Disposable, clever and never willing to pass up a chance to show how hip it can be, Shrek the Third should make kids titter, adolescents snicker and cash registers ring.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

May 18, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The imaginative leaps in the animation are dragged down by the deadweight storytelling.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

May 18, 2007
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Shrek the Third seems at once more energetic and more relaxed [than its predecessors], less desperate to prove its cleverness and therefore to some extent smarter.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 18, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Where the first two films laced their stories with references to and appearances by familiar fairy tale characters, Shrek the Third is almost totally dependent upon them.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 17, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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[Monty] Python-ish nuttiness is thinly scattered, but it makes the movie worth seeing -- once.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 17, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A deflated, weakly plotted effort that only intermittently recaptures the jubilant humor of the earlier films.

| Original Score: 2/4

May 17, 2007
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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Shrek the Third has its moments. But does a kids' movie really need, among other similar touches, a Hooters joke? I, for one, wouldn't want to have to explain it.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 17, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The formula still works. Maybe not as well, but it works.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

May 17, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Shrek the Third manages to [add new characters and plots] without losing sight of the series' primary appeal, the snappy subversiveness with which it upends fairy tales, nursery rhymes and legends.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

May 17, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Those of us charmed by the original Shrek and its ability to mix fairy-tale sweetness with some hilariously grown-up cleverness will leave disappointed. Much of this feels like a retread, a cash cow without enough ideas to justify its existence.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 17, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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There's never the sense of a movie begging for laughs by throwing in anachronisms. The jokes are organic to the movie, to its sly and slightly caustic worldview, and they don't stop coming, from start to finish.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 17, 2007
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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There's no disguising the fact that Shrek the Third has come down with a bad case of sequelitis. You know the symptoms: Lots of razzle-dazzle to distract from the hole at the center of the story. You know, the place where fresh ideas should be.

| Original Score: 2/4

May 17, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's fitfully amusing, and only 80 minutes long.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

May 17, 2007
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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As far as the adventures of Shrek go, it grieves me to report that the third time is charmless.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

May 17, 2007
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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If you're into the last two installments, you'll find the same laughs here. Nothing more, nothing less.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 17, 2007
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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At least this sequel finally establishes how many licks it takes to finish off a popular fairy tale spoof. Three.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

May 17, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 17, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The charm has evaporated. Cinephiles will enjoy some of the in-jokes (watching an awful play, one character cracks, "This is worse than Love Letters"). But then, if you're a cinephile, why would you bother with this?

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 17, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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I doubt even rabid fans of the first two will consider Shrek the Third a worthy addition to the franchise.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

May 17, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Director Chris Miller and the credited writers are determined that if these films are to be a collection of riffs and gags, with a sweet afterthought for a finale, then they ought to be very good. And, largely, these are.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

May 17, 2007
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Geez, it's not very good. Talky, overpopulated, even the ha-ha so-called adult jokes have grown stale and predictable.

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

May 17, 2007
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 17, 2007
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Shrek the Third sticks to the swamp it knows best, in a mild climate of palatable jokes about fatherhood, high school, girl power, and a drug-education program for teens that advises ''Just Say Nay.''

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

May 16, 2007
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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Blinded by avarice and all out of ideas, once again, Hollywood can't tell when enough is way more than enough.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 15, 2007
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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While still mirthful and eccentric enough to amuse his hordes of admirers, the irascible green ogre begins to show signs of encroaching middle age in Shrek the Third.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 9, 2007
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Much of the bite and a good deal of the wit of the first two films are missing here.

May 9, 2007
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