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Shrek Reviews

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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
November 25, 2013
After a 90-minute onslaught of in-jokes, here's the real punch line: Shrek strives to have a heart. Supposedly there's a message about beauty coming from within, but somehow it rings hollow.
May 26, 2006
I seem to be the only one in the world unimpressed by this so-so animated feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 10, 2003
Shrek isn't even as good, much less good-willed, than the more mediocre output of the Disney dynasty it wants so thirstily to topple.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 24, 2006
Gag by gag -- and there's a stream -- it's merrily irreverent, visually and vocally. The bigger picture, though, is rather more conventional.
May 16, 2001
Desperately avoiding the risk of even a half-second of boredom, the movie is wall-to-window-to-door noise, babbling, and jokes (the first minute sees the first fart gag), and demographically it's a hard-sell shotgun spray.
May 17, 2001
When it's good, it's very, very good, but when it's bad, it's horrid.
Read More | Original Score: C
May 17, 2001
Toy Story 2 had a higher in-jokes/laughs ratio without straining to demonstrate its hipness or to evoke heartfelt emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2001
Shrek isn't clever or smart. It just wants you to think it is, through wink after wink after wink.
February 13, 2011
animation is hardly groundbreaking
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 13, 2001
This postmodern Dreamworks cartoon takes brilliant, albeit infrequenet, jabs at Disney's totalitarian control of the fairy tale genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 6, 2002
There are numerous faults in Shrek, enough to addle the brain. Chief among these are the narrative infirmities, which begin with the attempt at creating a fairytale that subverts the storytelling conventions of tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 58/100
May 15, 2001
Big hit with kids AND adults but didn't gratify me.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
November 25, 2013
Shrek's ability to fit in a number of touching, funny moments says much about the intelligence and wit behind it. It's just a shame that the film is never as clever or as hip as it so desperately feels the need to be.
June 10, 2002
I think Shrek sucks.
November 25, 2013
What the film lacks is the faintest glimmer of charm.
May 17, 2001
Spends so much time being cleverly hip and spoofing all things Disney that it struggles to find its own identity.
May 18, 2001
Much of it seems a little sad, a deconstructivist overlay of jaded irony.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 18, 2001
Am I alone in thinking that computer animation is the work of the antichrist?
May 18, 2001
Any of TV animator Jay Ward's five-minute Fractured Fairy Tales has more laughs than you get here.
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