'Shark Tale' Critic Reviews

74%
MovieWeb:   4 reviews
36%
Rotten Tomatoes:   178 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    The characters are underdeveloped even for 2-D players. And the moral -- that being loved and unfamous is more important than being a big shot -- is so fatuous as to be condescending.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Swimming in the lucrative wake of Finding Nemo, DreamWorks's foray into computer-generated underwater animation is a rambunctious, reasonably amusing pop confection.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    Story is everything and Shark's is rather thin and soupy, despite the winning improvisational skills of stars Will Smith and Jack Black.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Shark Tale feels borrowed, sampled and dittoed from the collective funniness of the past 10 years in studio-made animation.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    It's Finding Nemo gutted of all its charm and remixed for urban hit radio.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Ed Park Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The filmmakers don't have enough faith in the world they've created.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    75
    The first must-see family movie of the fall.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Bruce Westbrook Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    25
    Shrilly pandering to edgy, jive-talking, hip-hopping bents of the moment, [Shark Tale] churns up a sea of offensive ethnic stereotypes, unfunny situations, unsympathetic characters and lousy plotting.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    59
    This one has the slickness of the Shrek movies, but there's not a whole lot beneath the surface.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    50
    For all its swirling colors, funky tunes and impressive voice talent Shark Tale makes for lukewarm entertainment.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Never comes together into a convincing enterprise
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    A sprightly, funny DreamWorks feature.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    Inside this dazzling animation is a dim plot that imagines Goodfellas living in the land of Jaws and being serviced by the dudes at the Car Wash.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jeff Strickler Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    The shallowness of the story and the washed-out characters leave Shark Tale swimming upstream.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    Funny, dazzling, fast and frisky, Shark Tale is a sparkling addition to the modern animation canon.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    For a kids movie, Shark Tale seems pretty old.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Overfamiliarity extends to the story, jokes and music, most of which reference popular entertainment of about 30 years ago.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    Despite the all-star cast, Shark Tale is a shipwreck.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jay Boyar Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    80
    A briny, buoyant offer that you can't refuse.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    40
    An uneasy cross between rival studio Pixar's Finding Nemo and DreamWorks' own Shrek franchise.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    A fast-paced, star-studded, joke-stuffed piece of fast-food studio product.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    Adults will see Shark Tale on a different level than their offspring, but both will enjoy it.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Comes off as an overly jokey but often quite entertaining spoof that should please families everywhere.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    50
    This star-laden animated fable feeds off Finding Nemo and Shrek, but it's stale, like something you wrap in yesterday's newspaper.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Nell Minow Common Sense Media
    80
    Fast, fresh, funny action comedy set undersea.
    Full Review » 4 years ago