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: May 18, 2001
DVD Release Date: November 2, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% 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.

Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly

Murphy steals every scene he's in with equal parts bounce and warmth.

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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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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The first Oscar for Best Animated Feature went to Shrek, an absurd choice to those of us who believe that Pixar's Monsters, Inc. was that year's best toon flick. Still, this is nevertheless a snappy comedy that manages to stick it to the entire genre.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

What the film lacks is the faintest glimmer of charm.

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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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Andrew O'Hagan
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Here is a movie of the times, funny, enjoyable, perfect-looking, and altogether original in a way that might cause us to look again at the meaning of the word.

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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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Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)

Adults will find plenty to laugh at. Children will love it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A wonderful satirical fable that cleverly subverts those well-known fairy tales, offering endless fun for kids and pure delight for adults with some astonishing… 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
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