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Shrek Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 25, 2016
The first Oscar for Best Animated Feature went to Shrek, an absurd choice to those of us who believe that Pixar's Monsters, Inc. was that year's best toon flick. Still, this is nevertheless a snappy comedy that manages to stick it to the entire genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
June 9, 2015
Murphy steals every scene he's in with equal parts bounce and warmth.
Andrew O'Hagan
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 9, 2015
Here is a movie of the times, funny, enjoyable, perfect-looking, and altogether original in a way that might cause us to look again at the meaning of the word.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
June 9, 2015
Adults will find plenty to laugh at. Children will love it.
Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard
June 9, 2015
Shrek is alive, and with dark, sly and absolutely hilarious irreverence lampooning every once-sacred characteristic of the nursery kingdom. Shrek is a subversive joy..
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
June 9, 2015
With improbable finesse it buffs up some of the oldest tropes of storytelling and then gives them a mischievous tilt, so that we appear to be watching a celebration of a genre and a sneaky subversion of it at the same time.
Mark Steyn
The Spectator
June 9, 2015
Even more amazing, for a movie with its share of flatulence gags, it also has a real heart. Few films have had their cake and eaten it so gleefully.
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
June 9, 2015
The best jokes in Shrek spoof Disney tradition; the villain's lair looks suspiciously like a certain theme park's Main Street USA, and a bluebird of happiness explodes during a sugary crescendo.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
June 9, 2015
Shrek qualifies as a classic animated movie, and one of the more charming films to grace screens in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
June 9, 2015
The story's simple, the quest not that complicated. But the joy of Shrek is in the telling, in the details along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 27, 2014
The sarcastic, nasty tone of smug hipness clashes mightily with the film's shrill attempts at sincerity and lesson-learning.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
November 25, 2013
A a computer-animated burlesque fairy tale that generates more belly laughs than any live-action comedy since Best in Show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Richard C. Walls
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 25, 2013
The animation, with its dimensional verisimilitude, is beguiling and the whole package ends with a noncloying dash of uplift.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 25, 2013
What the film lacks is the faintest glimmer of charm.
Peter Bradshaw
November 25, 2013
Shrek may not have the class of Buzz Lightyear, but he's a lovable great lunk, and you could do a lot worse this summer than see this.

Total Film
November 25, 2013
There's no denying that the monster-as-hero device has 90-odd-minutes worth of entertainment mileage, and the delivery of the story's moral is handled well enough to avoid tweeness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Collins
Radio Times
November 25, 2013
This animated fantasy comedy from DreamWorks is an irreverent, occasionally scatological fairy tale with state-of-the-art computer-generated images that almost steal a march on Toy Story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
November 25, 2013
No matter which level of the movie a viewer responds to, anyone past the age of 5 who doesn't laugh repeatedly while seeing Shrek needs to have his funny bone examined.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
November 25, 2013
The brilliance of the voice work, script, direction and animation all serve to make Shrek an adorable, infectious work of true sophistication.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
November 25, 2013
The story has rollicking moments and the visuals are amazingly realistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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