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Shrek 2 Reviews

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 25, 2013
Can an ogre live happily ever after? Can fairy tale characters be content with their fairy tale lives? Can an Oscar-winning animated success generate a successful sequel? To all these questions, Shrek 2 is happy to answer yes, yes and yes.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 25, 2013
This second edition of DreamWorks's Oscar-winning ogre opus may not match the original for, well, originality, but it honors the prime injunction governing sequels: To thine own characters be true.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 25, 2013
The lovable characters remain, but they never do much of interest in a sequel that's safely above average but superfluous.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 25, 2013
A rare example of a sequel that's better than the original.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Just as much fairytale fun as the first one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A pointless sequel with barely any humor, a drab plot, and a concept that is so derivative, it really angered me.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Engaging and awe-inspiring animation once again elevates Shrek's world to fantastic heights, and the laughs are just as freewheeling as we have come to expect.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 5, 2008
Like the first movie this is unassailable family entertainment, with a gentle fairy tale for kids and a raft of mildly satirical pop-culture references for parents.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
August 5, 2007
Much of it is good, but other moments feel uninspired, as if Sleeping Beauty had a hand in writing the script.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
May 14, 2007
One couldn't ask for a better sequel than Shrek 2.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The animation's slick in a cautious, cute, conventional kind of way, and some scenes are really very funny.
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
June 26, 2005
Shrek 2 is the rare sequel that can compete with the original.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 13, 2005
Perhaps this sequel no longer has the shock of the new, but the animation is stupendous, with breathtaking effects of light and detail, the gags come thick and fast and the musical numbers are uproarious.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Delivers neither less, nor more, than its wildly popular predecessor.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
All the cast are uniformly excellent in their roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
March 6, 2005
While Shrek 2 bowls merrily along on the fuel of firecracker wit and knowing pastiche that made the original so memorable, it will come as no surprise that second time around we don't feel quite so discombobulated by its brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
The most accurate way to sum up Shrek 2 is that it is exactly like the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Vic Holtreman
ScreenRant
January 15, 2005
You'll be laughing from the first five minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Christianity Today
December 6, 2004
It ends up not so much an extension of Shrek's story as an improved retelling. [It's] critique applies to any culture that has codes of behavior and appearance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 12, 2004
A rambunctious pop-culture fairy tale that tops the original...In this magic potion, mirth is mixed with a pleasant message in the beauty-is-only-skin-deep category.
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