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Shrek Reviews

June 9, 2015
Murphy steals every scene he's in with equal parts bounce and warmth.
November 25, 2013
What the film lacks is the faintest glimmer of charm.
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
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.
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.
November 25, 2013
The charms of Shrek, which is based on the children's book by William Steig, go far beyond in-jokes for adults.
February 17, 2012
This romantic fantasy complicates the roles of beauty and beast, making it hard to guess what form a sensitive resolution will take.
July 6, 2010
It doesn't take long to figure out that Shrek is not going to be your ordinary animated fairy tale.
September 1, 2008
No one has ever made a funnier jackass of himself than Murphy.
April 27, 2007
What gives Shrek its special artistic distinction is its witty and knowingly sassy dialogue, delivered by vocally charismatic performers whose voices remind us of their stellar screen personae in live-action movies.
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 21, 2001
The script, instead of being what we tolerate in order to savor the visuals, is a delight all by itself.
May 18, 2001
This is beautiful work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2001
An exuberant Eddie Murphy gives the comic performance of his career.
May 18, 2001
A movie that appeals to the eye, mind, heart and funny bone.
May 18, 2001
Despite all its high-tech weirdness, is really that most perdurable of human constructions, a tale told well and true.
May 18, 2001
Jolly and wicked, filled with sly in-jokes and yet somehow possessing a heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 18, 2001
In an era when much on film seems old, Shrek seems new and fresh and clever.
May 18, 2001
Combines superb storytelling with state-of-the-art animation.
May 18, 2001
The movie is helped immensely by its cast, who carry it through some of the early, sluggish scenes. But this is Murphy's movie. Donkey gets most of the good lines, and Murphy hits every one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2001
Am I alone in thinking that computer animation is the work of the antichrist?
May 18, 2001
The kind of movie that will entertain everyone of every age and probably for ages to come.
May 18, 2001
A fat green ogre with a grouchy disposition and worse manners, Shrek is the sort of unlikely hero that nobody could love -- except just about everyone who sees this hip and hilarious animated delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 18, 2001
A gleefully fractured fairy tale that never becomes cynical or crass.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2001
DreamWorks' first animated film to blow Disney out of the water.
May 18, 2001
Swift, sweet, irreverent, rangy and as spirited in the writing and voice work as it is splendid in design.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 18, 2001
It has the big green earmarks of a classic.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 18, 2001
One of those rare animated films that will delight and engage children while entertaining adults to no end.
May 18, 2001
DreamWorks Pictures again proves a name to trust for imaginative, funny animated movies that delight kids and adults equally.
May 18, 2001
A heck of a lot of fun -- even if you don't believe in fairy tales.
May 18, 2001
Much of it seems a little sad, a deconstructivist overlay of jaded irony.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2001
Peppered with the best fairytale spoofs since Jay Ward's Fractured Fairy Tales.
May 17, 2001
A picture that truly is a perfect family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 17, 2001
It's a pleasure to be able to report that the movie both captures and expands upon the book's playful spirit of deconstruction.
May 17, 2001
Shrek's self-reflexive silliness is in nearly perfect counterpoint to its giddy spirit of adventure, friendship, and romance.
May 17, 2001
A kind of palace coup, a shout of defiance, and a coming of age for DreamWorks.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 17, 2001
Mischievous enchantment with something to titillate all ages.
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
When it's good, it's very, very good, but when it's bad, it's horrid.
Read More | Original Score: C
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 16, 2001
Beating up on the irritatingly dainty Disney trademarks is nothing new; it's just that it has rarely been done with the demolition-derby zest of Shrek.
May 16, 2001
The witty, fractured fairy tale Shrek has a solid base of clever writing.
May 14, 2001
Shrek is not a guilty pleasure for sophisticated movie-goers; it is, purely and simply, a pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 14, 2001
A world-class charmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 9, 2001
However much Shrek might expand the visual palette of computer animation, much more important is the wit and compassion the CG animators at PDI/DreamWorks bring to this fractured fairy tale.
May 9, 2001
An instant animated classic.