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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
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
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
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Nick Bradshaw
Time Out
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.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 17, 2001
When it's good, it's very, very good, but when it's bad, it's horrid.
| Original Score: C
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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
Robert Wilonsky
New Times
May 17, 2001
Shrek isn't clever or smart. It just wants you to think it is, through wink after wink after wink.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 13, 2011
animation is hardly groundbreaking
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
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
Jon Lap
Apollo Guide
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
Harvey S. Karten
May 15, 2001
Big hit with kids AND adults but didn't gratify me.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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.
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
June 10, 2002
I think Shrek sucks.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 25, 2013
What the film lacks is the faintest glimmer of charm.
Cameron Meier
Orlando Weekly
May 17, 2001
Spends so much time being cleverly hip and spoofing all things Disney that it struggles to find its own identity.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 18, 2001
Much of it seems a little sad, a deconstructivist overlay of jaded irony.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
May 18, 2001
Am I alone in thinking that computer animation is the work of the antichrist?
Dave White
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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