Shrek 2
Shrek 2 (2004)

After battling a fire-breathing dragon and the evil Lord Farquaad to win the hand of Princess Fiona, Shrek now faces his greatest challenge: the in-laws. Shrek and Princess Fiona return from their honeymoon to find an invitation to visit… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 2, 2004
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may not be as fresh as the original, but topical humor and colorful secondary characters make Shrek 2 a winner in its own right.

David Denby
New Yorker

The movie is obvious, but consistently entertaining and animated in DreamWorks's "realistic" digitized style.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

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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Derek Malcolm
This is London

The animation by which it stands or falls is as brilliant as ever and, though it wouldn't really be right to call it totally anti-Disney, it certainly trumps that institution for sharpness of focus, notably as far as the screenplay is concerned.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

A rare example of a sequel that's better than the original.

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James Christopher
Times [UK]

All hail the angriest rebel since James Dean. All right, he's green, pot-bellied, and has the social graces of a slug. But in terms of attitude? Peerless.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Miranda Sawyer
New Statesman

Go and see Shrek 2. You'll enjoy yourself thoroughly. Only the churlish could find any faults.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
Making a sequel to Shrek was both a complete no-brainer and a cause for great concern. The first film was a huge hit, taking more than eight times its budget at… More
Colin Montgomery
The Original Shrek was brilliant. It looked amazing, had a great storyline, and amazing dialogue and was loved by both kids and adults alike. Shrek 2 really… More
Eugene Bernabe
Rarely a CGI-based sequel ever is seen. But Shrek 2 delivers in more ways than one. Fantastic layout and raunchy story with a blend of colorful cast-mates,… More
Directors Cat
To me it seems like they abandoned the idea of a good story in Shrek 2. But they made up for it for its numerous hilarious moments, colourful supporting… More
Jason Spencer
As good as the first
Bethany Murphy
They should have just stopped at 'Shrek' This was ok, but it had nothing on the first one. A slight let down, but in some scenes very funny. In a way… More