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.
PG (for some mild language and crude humor)
Action & Adventure , Animation , Comedy , Kids & Family
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Will Smith
as Oscar
Robert De Niro
as Don Lino
Jack Black
as Lenny
Doug E. Doug
as Bernie
Peter Falk
as Don Feinberg
Katie Couric
as Katie Current
David Soren
as Killer Whale #2, Shrimp, Starfish #1, Worm
David P. Smith
as Crazy Joe
Bobb'e J. Thompson
as Shortie #1
Kamali Minter
as Shortie #2
Emily Lyon Segan
as Shortie #3
Lenny Venito
as Great White #1
Saverio Guerra
as Pontrelli
Shelley Morrison
as Mrs. Sanchez
Mark Swift
as Announcer
James Madio
as Hammerhead
Frank Vincent
as Great White #3
Joseph Siravo
as Great White #5
Steve Alterman
as Tip Fish #2
Phil LaMarr
as Prawn Shop Owner
Jenifer Lewis
as Motown Turtle
Sean Bishop
as Whale
Latifa Ouaou
as Whale Wash Co-Worker
David Yanover
as Taxi Fish
Seana Kofoed
as Shorty 3
Kamali Minter
as Shortie #2
Mark Swift
as Announcer
James Ryan
as Starfish #2
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Critic Reviews for Shark Tale

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (36)

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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | October 6, 2004
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

It is not in the same level of Finding Nemo but I still think it is worth seeing.

October 4, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 1, 2004
USA Today
Top Critic

An uneasy cross between rival studio Pixar's Finding Nemo and DreamWorks' own Shrek franchise.

Full Review… | October 1, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Cluttered, claustrophobic and self-referential.

October 1, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Shark Tale

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

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


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

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

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