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In this fully computer-animated fantasy from the creators of Antz, we follow the travails of Shrek (Mike Myers), a green ogre who enjoys a life of solitude. Living in a far away swamp, he is suddenly invaded by a hoard of fairy tale characters, such as the Big Bad Wolf, the Three Little Pigs, and Three Blind Mice, all refugees of their homes who have been shunned by the evil Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). They want to save their homes from ruin, and enlist the help of Shrek, who is in the same situation. Shrek decides to offer Lord Farquaad a deal; he will rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona… 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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"No one has ever made a funnier jackass of himself than Murphy."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"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 [UK]
"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
"animation is hardly groundbreaking"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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