'Shrek' Critic Reviews

95%
MovieWeb:   5 reviews
89%
Rotten Tomatoes:   178 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    A kind of palace coup, a shout of defiance, and a coming of age for DreamWorks.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Elvis Mitchell New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    Beating up on the irritatingly dainty Disney trademarks is nothing new; it's just that it has rarely been done with the demolition-derby zest of Shrek.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    The movie is a constant delight for its exuberant simplicity, its avoidance of sensational effects, its wit and a true feeling that transcends sentimentality.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Susan Wloszczyna USA Today (Top Critic)
    An exuberant Eddie Murphy gives the comic performance of his career.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    100
    A movie that appeals to the eye, mind, heart and funny bone.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    100
    Despite all its high-tech weirdness, is really that most perdurable of human constructions, a tale told well and true.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Jay Carr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    In an era when much on film seems old, Shrek seems new and fresh and clever.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Michael Atkinson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Desperately avoiding the risk of even a half-second of boredom, the movie is wall-to-window-to-door noise, babbling, and jokes (the first minute sees the first fart gag), and demographically it's a hard-sell shotgun spray.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Bruce Westbrook Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    DreamWorks' first animated film to blow Disney out of the water.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Jane Sumner Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    Mischievous enchantment with something to titillate all ages.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Steven Rosen Denver Post (Top Critic)
    DreamWorks Pictures again proves a name to trust for imaginative, funny animated movies that delight kids and adults equally.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Peter Rainer New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    The script, instead of being what we tolerate in order to savor the visuals, is a delight all by itself.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    Jolly and wicked, filled with sly in-jokes and yet somehow possessing a heart.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Mark Caro Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Toy Story 2 had a higher in-jokes/laughs ratio without straining to demonstrate its hipness or to evoke heartfelt emotions.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Lisa Alspector Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    This romantic fantasy complicates the roles of beauty and beast, making it hard to guess what form a sensitive resolution will take.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    88
    A picture that truly is a perfect family film.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    100
    Swift, sweet, irreverent, rangy and as spirited in the writing and voice work as it is splendid in design.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    What gives Shrek its special artistic distinction is its witty and knowingly sassy dialogue, delivered by vocally charismatic performers whose voices remind us of their stellar screen personae in live-action movies.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    An instant animated classic.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    Hip and hilarious.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Jay Boyar Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    It's a pleasure to be able to report that the movie both captures and expands upon the book's playful spirit of deconstruction.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    Combines superb storytelling with state-of-the-art animation.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Sean Means Film.com (Top Critic)
    Peppered with the best fairytale spoofs since Jay Ward's Fractured Fairy Tales.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    Much of it seems a little sad, a deconstructivist overlay of jaded irony.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Am I alone in thinking that computer animation is the work of the antichrist?
    Full Review » 13 years ago