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Shark Tale Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 4, 2004
It is not in the same level of Finding Nemo but I still think it is worth seeing.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 1, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 1, 2004
An uneasy cross between rival studio Pixar's Finding Nemo and DreamWorks' own Shrek franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
October 1, 2004
Cluttered, claustrophobic and self-referential.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 1, 2004
An entertaining 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 1, 2004
Inside this dazzling animation is a dim plot that imagines Goodfellas living in the land of Jaws and being serviced by the dudes at the Car Wash.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 1, 2004
A briny, buoyant offer that you can't refuse.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 1, 2004
An uneasy mix of warmed-over Mafioso jokes and watery fish backgrounds.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 1, 2004
Despite the all-star cast, Shark Tale is a shipwreck.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 1, 2004
The first must-see family movie of the fall.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
October 1, 2004
Shrilly pandering to edgy, jive-talking, hip-hopping bents of the moment, [Shark Tale] churns up a sea of offensive ethnic stereotypes, unfunny situations, unsympathetic characters and lousy plotting.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 1, 2004
A fast-paced, star-studded, joke-stuffed piece of fast-food studio product.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 1, 2004
Funny, dazzling, fast and frisky, Shark Tale is a sparkling addition to the modern animation canon.
| Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 1, 2004
It's all good fun, even when the inevitable animated-movie life lessons and homilies begin floating in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 1, 2004
With its mobbed-up sharks and hip-hop habitats, the animated feature Shark Tale might qualify as the first 'fishploitation' film in movie history.
| Original Score: C+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 1, 2004
For all its swirling colors, funky tunes and impressive voice talent Shark Tale makes for lukewarm entertainment.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 1, 2004
It's Finding Nemo gutted of all its charm and remixed for urban hit radio.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 1, 2004
Never comes together into a convincing enterprise
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 30, 2004
Shark Tale feels borrowed, sampled and dittoed from the collective funniness of the past 10 years in studio-made animation.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 30, 2004
Swimming in the lucrative wake of Finding Nemo, DreamWorks's foray into computer-generated underwater animation is a rambunctious, reasonably amusing pop confection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
September 30, 2004
This one has the slickness of the Shrek movies, but there's not a whole lot beneath the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 30, 2004
For a kids movie, Shark Tale seems pretty old.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
September 30, 2004
Whatever we found with Nemo and his determined dad seems to have been lost or forgotten in this fishy tale.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 30, 2004
This star-laden animated fable feeds off Finding Nemo and Shrek, but it's stale, like something you wrap in yesterday's newspaper.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 30, 2004
Adults will see Shark Tale on a different level than their offspring, but both will enjoy it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 30, 2004
All we know is that if you decide to see Shark Tale, go to a mall where there are other movies playing. Leave the kids. Take the cannolis.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 30, 2004
The shallowness of the story and the washed-out characters leave Shark Tale swimming upstream.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 30, 2004
What Shark Tale lacks in originality it makes up for with sassy humor, bright, effective animation and terrific vocal work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 30, 2004
Dreary, damp and derivative.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 30, 2004
The characters are underdeveloped even for 2-D players. And the moral -- that being loved and unfamous is more important than being a big shot -- is so fatuous as to be condescending.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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September 30, 2004
A delightful, delicious and fresh pop culture comedy.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 30, 2004
A sprightly, funny DreamWorks feature.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 30, 2004
Despite its well-crafted look and its urban verve, the picture falters in its second half. The storyline just isn't there.
| Original Score: C-
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Ed Park
Village Voice
September 28, 2004
The filmmakers don't have enough faith in the world they've created.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2004
Comes off as an overly jokey but often quite entertaining spoof that should please families everywhere.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 13, 2004
Overfamiliarity extends to the story, jokes and music, most of which reference popular entertainment of about 30 years ago.