'Shrek Forever After' Critic Reviews

77%
MovieWeb:   19 reviews
58%
Rotten Tomatoes:   195 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    Everyone involved fulfills his or her job requirements adequately. But the magic is gone, and Shrek Forever After is no longer an ogre phenomenon to reckon with. Instead, it's a Hot Swamp Time Machine.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Mr. Murphy's toothy, shifty-eyed Donkey who distills the series' attitude of cheerfully curdled hipness. In his eternal upbeat cheekiness, he is a creation to rival Peter Pan.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    I admit my gentle, feelgood buzz on leaving the cinema was rather premised on the assumption that the Shrek-pipeline is now empty, but it's an enjoyable film nonetheless and a nice way for the series to finish.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    In the fourth and ostensibly final installment, Shrek and company still have some appeal, but the energy is lacking and the fun feels forced.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    After a disappointing third outing, this Shrek brings the cycle of fairy-tale-themed films to a fine finish.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Janice Page Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    Shrek Forever After is being billed as the last of four big-screen romps featuring the lovable slime-green ogre with the cheesy Scottish accent. And to see this final installment is to know: It's time.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ernest Hardy Village Voice (Top Critic)
    It takes the film a deadly long time to kick in, and when it does, it largely retreads formula: ironic use of pop standards, musical numbers with contemporary choreography played for maximum laughs, risque one-liners.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    80
    Happily, it's a move that revives our aging ogre, and renews his flagging franchise.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    A recycling machine that recalls the high points of previous installments without demonstrating the need for a new one.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    63
    Shrek Forever After wanders far, far away from the infectious and propulsive zing that we've come to expect over the past nine years.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nancy Churnin Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    90
    Director Mike Mitchell and screenwriters Josh Klausner and Darren Lemke, all relatively new to the franchise, manage to lead the winning returning cast in a fresh direction.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Directed with zest by Mike Mitchell (from a script by Josh Klausner and Darren Lemke) and shot in 3D, this final Shrek sequel has plenty of verve.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    The quick wit and multitiered pop-culture referencing that made the inaugural Shrek so much fun doesn't feel so quick or multi almost a decade down the line.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    The magic is gone. Like its watermelon-headed hero, Shrek Forever After has the midlife blahs.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    34
    Who is supposed to be excited by this? What child would care? What adult would care?
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    Shrek the Third made more than $322 million. Why kill the goose that laid the golden egg? Because it's time.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • John Anderson Variety (Top Critic)
    Whether or not Shrek has outlived his usefulness as a profit center, it's clear that time and technology have passed him by.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    After the frantic spurt of fairy-tale allusions and jokes in the first three Shreks, this one inches along with a few mostly pointless action scenes and the occasional mild pun.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    50
    Dreamworks seems bored with the ogre who laid the golden egg.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rob Salem Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    It now requires nothing less than the retroactive destruction of Shreka(TM)s idyllic family life to inject some necessary conflict back into the franchise. If you cana(TM)t fix something that isna(TM)t broke, your only recourse is to break it.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    50
    If there were a Shrek TV show, this could be the two-part finale of, say, season 3. It isn't bad. It just doesn't belong on a movie screen.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Stephen Cole Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    The shout line on the Shrek Forever After poster says it best: It ain't ogre till it's ogre.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mary Elizabeth Williams Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Like last year's Up, this isn't merely a cute kid's movie with funny one-liners and adorable critters. It's a soulful meditation on the age-old question: Is that all there is?
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    As It's a Wonderful Life knock-offs go, this one isn't half-bad.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    This fourth installment in the popular animated franchise demonstrates it may finally be time to let Shrek and Fiona live happily ever after.
    Full Review » 4 years ago