Shark Tale (2004)


Critic Consensus: Derivative and full of pop culture in-jokes.


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Oscar is a fast-talking little fish that dreams big. But his big dreams land him in hot water when a great white lie turns him into an unlikely hero. At first, his fellow fish swallow Oscar's story hook, line and sinker and he is showered with fame and fortune. It's all going along swimmingly, until it starts to become clear that Oscar's tale about being the defender of the Reef is all wet. Oscar is finding out that being a hero comes at a Market Price when his lie threatens to make him the Catch of the Day. Now he has to tread water until he can get the scales to tip back in his favor again.

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All Critics (181) | Top Critics (38)

Not up to "Shrek" level, but a feast for the eyes, DreamWorks' computer-animated underwater adventure is crammed to the gills with pop-culture in-jokes, movie quotations and a stellar vocal cast.

Jul 6, 2010 | Full Review…
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It is not in the same level of Finding Nemo but I still think it is worth seeing.

Oct 4, 2004

Story is everything and Shark's is rather thin and soupy, despite the winning improvisational skills of stars Will Smith and Jack Black.

Oct 1, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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An uneasy cross between rival studio Pixar's Finding Nemo and DreamWorks' own Shrek franchise.

Oct 1, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Cluttered, claustrophobic and self-referential.

Oct 1, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4

An entertaining 90 minutes.

Oct 1, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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dont you just love it when they make a gangster movie for childeren

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

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Even with an all star cast, and good enthusiasm that brings the characters to life, the pop culture references and predictable plot are to big a distraction.

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Directors Cat

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This isn't that great sadly. I watched this only because of Will Smith. Not terrible though. Watchable.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

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A classic! A must see!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

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