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Shrek Forever After (2010)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 189
Fresh: 109 | Rotten: 80

While not without its moments, Shrek Forever After too often feels like a rote rehashing of the franchise's earlier entries.

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 21

While not without its moments, Shrek Forever After too often feels like a rote rehashing of the franchise's earlier entries.

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A domesticated Shrek hatches a plan to recapture his mojo and discovers what life in Far Far Away land would have been like had he never existed in this final chapter of the popular animated film series. There used to be a time when the villagers would run in terror at the mere mention of the name Shrek, but these days the big green ogre is married to Princess Fiona and raising triplets. Maintaining your fierce public persona is no simple task when you're juggling infants and changing diapers,

Dec 7, 2010

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All Critics (190) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (109) | Rotten (80) | DVD (4)

An entertaining conclusion to the franchise -- one that parents should happily endure. But let's hope that's all, folks.

June 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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By the middle of the second act, Forever After finally finds its groove, becoming mildly amusing (the actors -- Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas -- are in fine form) but never rising to the inspired heights of the original.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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This one had the same paucity in wit and script issues as the whole Shrek series.

June 1, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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[It] kind of engaged me a little bit.

June 1, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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It's no classic, but Shrek Forever After is a pleasant reminder that every time a cash register rings, this ogre turns angelic.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Shrek Forever After wanders far, far away from the infectious and propulsive zing that we've come to expect over the past nine years.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Comments (2)
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Shrek Forever After is a very mediocre affair, with crummy 3D and a real lack of laughs.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

"Shrek Forever After" feels more like a direct-to-video release than one that should have been put in theaters.

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Shrek Forever After is a fairy tale ending for the series.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Shrek Forever After is the latest in a long, mediocre tradition. What charms it does have can't really compete with the charms it doesn't have.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

DreamWorks and the unlovable ogre lose the plot.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

Shrek's inspired mash-up of the world of fairy tales and contemporary pop culture is now yielding diminishing returns.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Reveals an urge by the filmmakers to wipe the slate clean, as large an admission that the series is out of ideas as one could get. That said, all involved do try to make the most of it.

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

...sweet and gentle, and the conclusion, while expected, carries a good deal of touching sentiment.

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It's sweet, mildly funny, and a pleasant enough farewell from these once beloved characters. But there's a somewhat melancholy tone to the proceedings, as we watch this franchise try to hold onto its final shreds of dignity.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix
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full review at Movies for the Masses

September 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Interestingly, ...Forever After's biggest influence appears not to be fairy tales this time, but rather the Back To The Future series.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: The Standard

Shrek Forever After brings the long-running saga to a lively close, reminding each of the characters about the love and friendship which bind them together.

July 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo

The movie is a family drama about the family drama, so on every available level it works a treat.

July 8, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It's a neat enough way of closing the book -- and one hopes it is closed now.

July 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times | Comment (1)
Radio Times

Has a warm, engaging tone that draws us into the dramatic possibilities rather than the comical ones

July 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

It isn't quite as witty or inventive as you might have hoped but if it is the last film in the series then it offers an honourable conclusion to a wonderful decade of family entertainment.

July 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

An improvement over the last film...

July 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman | Comments (2)

I admit my gentle, feelgood buzz on leaving the cinema was rather premised on the assumption that the Shrek-pipeline is now empty, but it's an enjoyable film nonetheless and a nice way for the series to finish.

July 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Shrek Forever After is an amiable but underpowered conclusion to a franchise that ran out of comic ideas six years ago. It is time to lay this ogre to rest.

July 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

If we all loved the first film, enjoyed the second and were disappointed by the third, this fourth and final entry ends the Shrek series on a satisfying high note.

July 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Audience Reviews for Shrek Forever After

A decent installment in the series, better than the 3rd just about. I'm not sure they can churn anymore out without it going down hill pretty quickly though. Still prefer the first 2 films.
December 31, 2012
Deano78

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The final chapter in the ogre's adventures is not entirely en par with the first parts. You can't say that the plot takes the easy way out, the What If..approach actually has a lot of potential. What's lacking compared to the predecessors is a certain charm and the really big laughs. There are only few of those and to a certain degree it feels like you've seen it all before. It doesn't help that there have been visually more impressive animation films by now. Overall still very entertaining and a decent ending to the franchise, but still the weakest part by far.
November 8, 2012
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

Shrek the Third was a bad movie, especially coming off of the classic first two films in the franchise. The surprising thing about Shrek Forever After is not just that it didn't feel like a complete money grab like the third one did, but that it also felt like an earnest attempt to redeem the Shrek franchise, and end it on a good note. Lo and behold, it actually succeeds with a story that feels tailor-made as a complete finish to this ogre's story, and at times its story (revolving around Shrek being thrown into the past, without having ever saved Princess Fiona) feels like both a response to the complaints that the third movie took things in the wrong direction, and an apology for that film's utter failure. Shrek 4's animation is dated however, and it still doesn't have the same inventiveness and adult-oriented pop culture parodies on the scale of the first two (though it does indeed try), which in general keeps this film from being a classic. But as a way to end the series without a whimper, Shrek Forever After is satisfying - which is a big relief.
April 23, 2012
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

Ok Bottom line, is that everyone that hasn't seen this will think this film was make to make money like the previous installment (Shrek the Third). The predictions are right this film is just that but it has its moments I can see clearly they tried to redeem Shrek, Donkey, Puss and Fiona from the disaster that is Shrek 3 by showing that they can make a better plot. There is so many bad things about this film such as numoerous pop culture refrences and the typical jokes but damn it, its good enough to see Shrek one final time in the theatres because one thing is for sure. It will entertain kids.
January 4, 2012
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    1. Shrek: I didn't know what I had until I lost it.
    – Submitted by Matthew R (16 months ago)
    1. Pinocchio: Ah sir, your gonna have to pay for that!
    2. Rumpelstiltskin: Ah, maybe we could make a deal for that little boy?
    3. Pinocchio: Oh, I'm not a real boy.
    4. Rumpelstiltskin: Do ya wanna be?!
    5. Pinocchio: [Kicks Rumpelstiltskin out of the store] No one needs your deals anymore 'Rumplestinkypaints'!
    – Submitted by Matthew R (16 months ago)
    1. Shrek: Do you know what the best part of today was? I got the chance to fall in love with you all over again.
    – Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)
    1. Shrek: So, what happens now?
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Rumpelstiltskin: Have a nice day!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Rumpelstiltskin: [Laughs evilly]
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
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