Shrek the Third
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Shrek and Fiona's (Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz, respectively) fairy-tale wedding has gone off without a hitch, yet just as the beaming newlyweds prepare to enjoy their blissful "happily ever after," the sudden death of King Harold (John Cleese) finds everyone's favorite ornery ogre being reluctantly fitted for the royal crown. Troubled to learn that not only will he be compelled to rule Far Far Away, but that he and Fiona are also expecting a little ogre, Shrek determines to track down his new bride's rebellious cousin, Artie (Justin Timberlake) -- the one true heir to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Apart from some modestly amusing princess shtick and a pleasantly slapsticky opening, there's no real reason for anyone over the age of 11 to see this one."
‑ Bob Mondello,
"Computer-generated animated movies with wall-to-wall jokes can be excruciating, but these jokes are the funniest money can buy."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine
"With a plot lacking no urgency, Shrek 3 is a well-animated film containing a few standout, but ultimately throwaway sequences that don't do enough to sustain our interest."
‑ Tony Delgado, Digital Spy
"Shrek the Third has the curse of the third in a bankable series. It is too often sappy, tiresome, and overblown. A franchise such as Shrek, with all the money it has accumulated, should be able to buy a little freshness and originality. But instead"
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"The problem with this film is that after a quick, fun beginning they repeat a similar journey from the first film. Except this time, Shrek and Artie argue instead of Shrek and Fiona."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"This is a very skillfully made corporate product, but I wonder who, exactly, will be fully satisfied."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"This is the most visually impressive Shrek yet. It's also the least inspired."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Computer-animated ugliness"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The best thing it has going for it is its look, which is stunning."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Your kids may enjoy it, but you would do better to wait for the video."
‑ Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel, 3BlackChicks Review
"A shame it lacks the smart sassiness of its predecessors. Time to call time, we think."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"The plot material isn't as strong as in the first two movies -- if anything, it feels a bit desperate -- but the anti-Disney joke blunderbuss remains in good working order."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"From its humble, elegant origins as a slim children's book by William Steig, Shrek has metastasized into a symptom of and metaphor for the entertainment industry and modern culture in general."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Though the devious wit of the original remains, it is obscured by too many classic-rock interludes (courtesy of Led Zeppelin, Heart and Paul McCartney) and nudging pop-culture references that seem by now just part of the formula."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"Feels refreshed and might be -- especially for relieved parents -- the most entertaining film of the franchise."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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