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Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ornery ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. There are blind mice in his food, a big, bad wolf in his bed, three little homeless pigs and more, all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home--not to mention his own--Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona to be Farquaad's bride. Accompanying him on his mission is wisecracking Donkey, who will do anything for Shrek... except shut… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"However cunning the rendering of surfaces, there's still something flat and charmless in the digital look, and most of the pleasure rises not from the main romance but from the quick, incidental gags."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"A a computer-animated burlesque fairy tale that generates more belly laughs than any live-action comedy since Best in Show."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"There's no denying that the monster-as-hero device has 90-odd-minutes worth of entertainment mileage, and the delivery of the story's moral is handled well enough to avoid tweeness."
‑ , Total Film
"The story has rollicking moments and the visuals are amazingly realistic."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"The brilliance of the voice work, script, direction and animation all serve to make Shrek an adorable, infectious work of true sophistication."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"The charms of Shrek, which is based on the children's book by William Steig, go far beyond in-jokes for adults."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The animation, with its dimensional verisimilitude, is beguiling and the whole package ends with a noncloying dash of uplift."
‑ Richard C. Walls, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"This animated fantasy comedy from DreamWorks is an irreverent, occasionally scatological fairy tale with state-of-the-art computer-generated images that almost steal a march on Toy Story."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"animation is hardly groundbreaking"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"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."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"This romantic fantasy complicates the roles of beauty and beast, making it hard to guess what form a sensitive resolution will take."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Shrek may not have the class of Buzz Lightyear, but he's a lovable great lunk, and you could do a lot worse this summer than see this."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"No matter which level of the movie a viewer responds to, anyone past the age of 5 who doesn't laugh repeatedly while seeing Shrek needs to have his funny bone examined."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Gross-out laughs meet a marvelous fairytale mix."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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