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Shrek 2 Reviews

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Nanciann Cherry
Toledo Blade
December 6, 2014
There's no denying that Shrek 2 is fun, but it's fun without substance, and like the bubbles in the Fairy Godmother's potions, it evaporates quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Steyn
The Spectator
December 6, 2014
There's no narrative, just half-hearted episodes punctuated by occasionally brilliant shtick.
Eric Henderson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
May 21, 2004
Dreamworks' attempt to turn random, satire-devoid pop cultural references into the new language of fairy tales.
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 19, 2004
Gags that feel tired, too many musical interludes, a story that doesn't really progress from the first film -- Shrek 2 feels a day late and an enchanted princess short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Larry Carroll
May 19, 2004
The highly anticipated sequel is a two-headed monster: some love it while others feel it desecrates the memory of the original. Larry Carroll and Todd Gilchrist debate.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Delivers neither less, nor more, than its wildly popular predecessor.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 17, 2004
A piecemeal plot that seems to go nowhere and be about nothing and wind up no place, somewhat effectively camouflaged by a number of intriguing but incidental bits.
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
May 19, 2004
Desperately pleading for our laughs, Shrek 2 offers a small dose of the original's fun spirit with none of its heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 19, 2004
None of the jokes stand on their own as jokes; they depend on the usual boys' bathroom humor and on pop culture references that range from a bit outdated to very outdated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Joe Utichi
July 20, 2004
At best, hit and miss comedy.
| Original Score: 56/100
Rob Blackwelder
May 18, 2004
Predicated entirely on "Three's Company"-quality contrivances, requiring all the characters to behave like jackasses in order for the plot to advance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 18, 2004
Pretensions toward cohesion and character empathy are scuttled in favor of broad-barn gaggery.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
May 19, 2004
The thrill isn't quite gone, but almost.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
May 25, 2004
Anyone wanting to see well-crafted animated films that don't rely exclusively on making fun of pre-existing material for their jokes should stick with Pixar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine
April 4, 2004
Credit Shrek 2 for being the rare sequel that more or less equals its predecessor-the first film was garbage, and so is the second.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Martin Scribbs
Mixed Reviews
June 9, 2004
In the best Hollywood tradition, Shrek 2 boldly argues against a prejudice nobody actually has.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 20, 2004
Clearly, it's a problem when a movie's least interesting characters are its title hero and his signficant ogre...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
June 16, 2004
Fe Fi Ho Hum!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
August 14, 2004
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
December 6, 2014
Shrek 2 undoubtedly delivers the goods, delighting the kids, dazzling the adults and even slipping in a sour spoonful of Tom Waits to help the 'fun-for-all-the-family' medicine go down.

The Straits Times (Singapore)
July 11, 2004

Hindustan Times
September 11, 2004
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