Shrek (2001)

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,… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 2, 2001
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While simultaneously embracing and subverting fairy tales, the irreverent Shrek also manages to tweak Disney's nose, provide a moral message to children, and offer viewers a funny, fast-paced ride.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The sarcastic, nasty tone of smug hipness clashes mightily with the film's shrill attempts at sincerity and lesson-learning.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

The brilliance of the voice work, script, direction and animation all serve to make Shrek an adorable, infectious work of true sophistication.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

The charms of Shrek, which is based on the children's book by William Steig, go far beyond in-jokes for adults.

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Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

A a computer-animated burlesque fairy tale that generates more belly laughs than any live-action comedy since Best in Show.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

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.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

This romantic fantasy complicates the roles of beauty and beast, making it hard to guess what form a sensitive resolution will take.

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Richard C. Walls
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

The animation, with its dimensional verisimilitude, is beguiling and the whole package ends with a noncloying dash of uplift.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
In my review of Raiders of the Lost Ark, I spoke about how the cultural indelibilty of a film, series or character can often lead us to forget how good or bad… More
Jim Careter
Shrek is up there with the greatest animated films ever. It is an animated film that was everything a comedy and animated film should be, but I am serious,… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
With its colorful characters, light nature, gorgeous score, simple plot, and memorable sequences (most notably the "Hallelujah" montage),… More
Directors Cat
Shrek is a film that never disappointed me. This humourous take on fairytale's provides a great message to its audience and is by far the best out of a… More
Eric Shankle
Definitely one of the best animated films ever made. So many funny scenes and references to pop-culture. Love the adult humor as well. The character development… More
Bethany Murphy
A great animated film!