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.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Swimming in the lucrative wake of Finding Nemo, DreamWorks's foray into computer-generated underwater animation is a rambunctious, reasonably amusing pop confection.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Story is everything and Shark's is rather thin and soupy, despite the winning improvisational skills of stars Will Smith and Jack Black.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Shark Tale feels borrowed, sampled and dittoed from the collective funniness of the past 10 years in studio-made animation.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
It's Finding Nemo gutted of all its charm and remixed for urban hit radio.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The filmmakers don't have enough faith in the world they've created.
Ed Park - Village Voice
The first must-see family movie of the fall.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
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.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
This one has the slickness of the Shrek movies, but there's not a whole lot beneath the surface.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
For all its swirling colors, funky tunes and impressive voice talent Shark Tale makes for lukewarm entertainment.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Never comes together into a convincing enterprise
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A sprightly, funny DreamWorks feature.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
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.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
The shallowness of the story and the washed-out characters leave Shark Tale swimming upstream.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Funny, dazzling, fast and frisky, Shark Tale is a sparkling addition to the modern animation canon.
Tom Long - Detroit News
For a kids movie, Shark Tale seems pretty old.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Overfamiliarity extends to the story, jokes and music, most of which reference popular entertainment of about 30 years ago.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Despite the all-star cast, Shark Tale is a shipwreck.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
A briny, buoyant offer that you can't refuse.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
An uneasy cross between rival studio Pixar's Finding Nemo and DreamWorks' own Shrek franchise.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
A fast-paced, star-studded, joke-stuffed piece of fast-food studio product.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Adults will see Shark Tale on a different level than their offspring, but both will enjoy it.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Comes off as an overly jokey but often quite entertaining spoof that should please families everywhere.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
This star-laden animated fable feeds off Finding Nemo and Shrek, but it's stale, like something you wrap in yesterday's newspaper.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Fast, fresh, funny action comedy set undersea.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Fast, fun and fabulous.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The script is a long string of awful verbal and visual puns, and the animation, while colorful, is a big step back from the Shrek films (and nowhere near Pixar's league).
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Quite simply the most middle of the road CG movie I think you'll ever see.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Want a good fish story? Watch Finding Nemo again instead
Mary Lasse - Christianity Today
full review in Greek
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
The kind of flashy and colorful but insultingly trite Hollywood regurgitation that far too often gets a pass under the excuse that "it's just a kids' movie."
Rob Blackwelder - Combustible Celluloid
Although the vocal performances often amuse and delight, the overall design is charmless.
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Katzenberg and company still haven't figured out that was makes Pixar's features so much better isn't just the quality of the art but the way they manage to generate actual emotion without coming across as superficial or cloying.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Shark Tale is no disaster, but despite the efforts of three directors, two screenwriters and phalanxes of technicians, it seems to be treading water.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
The movie is clearly written and produced around the persona of Will Smith, which is either glorious news or cringe-inducing, depending upon who you are.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Nine years after Toy Story, the novelty of computer animation has worn off. Story and character need to capture our imagination.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
A solid film with a fair share of chuckles.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
'Es divertida, colorida y musical. Una buena cinta de animacion que injustamente ha sido menospreciada quiza por los valores que la hacen importante'
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
I went into Shark Tale expecting a low-rent Nemo wannabe; I left it understanding it to be a low-rent Nemo wannabe that works.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
I think I am tiring of computer generated movies with 800 star voices and 800 real-world knock-offs like Katie Current and "Kelpy-Kremes."
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi - Broomfield Enterprise
As far as fishy stories go, this one makes a pretty weak movie chowder.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Matt McAllister - Future Movies UK
This animated feature suffers form a severe identity crisis that even voices by De Niro and Will Smith can't help.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
The overall tone of the film lacks accessibility, and much of the humor is so dry that even those who might get the jokes are not likely to find them very funny.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
There are so many bright, vibrant colors utilized...it puts your rods and cones at risk. But Shark Tale causes more than retinal fatigue -- it induces extreme boredom.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
A colorful, yet misguided wad of pre-chewed bubble gum.
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
Without destination and purpose, the movie only reinforces the stereotypes it pretends to be mocking.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
A colorful, jive-talking minnow that runs in shallow waters.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
I didn't mind it but it should have been much better.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
...not exactly original, not terribly witty, and definitely not adult-oriented. But it's still a good movie.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Shark Tale is acceptable entertainment for the younger set
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Worth seeing, but it could have been better.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's simply a silly bit of undersea fluff ... jammed to the gills with pop culture references and fishy puns.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Essentially, the anchor doesn't go deep enough and Shark Tale is left to flounder.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
Should charm the small set and have everyone else boogying down in their seats.
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
Those in the audience with more refined tastes may find themselves looking at their watches and wondering when Brad Bird's The Incredibles is due in theatres.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Uno termina quedandose con la sensacion de que algo (o mucho) falto.
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
Amazingly, today's two biggest media whores aren't on hand as, say, Larry King Mackerel and Stingray Leno.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
If there's a sequel, could we please have some bubbles or stuff floating by to make it appear to be underwater next time?
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Don't bother to call the Coast Guard, kids. This one's dead in the water.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Filled with all of the promise and originality of Finding Nemo. It's all just too late to really appeal to the same all-encompassing audience.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
Sua otima qualidade tecnica merecia ser aproveitada por um roteiro melhor.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
A giant ad for stuffed toys and plastic figurines, Shark Tale's best suited for the smallest human fry, moviegoers who'll watch anything that's colorful and in motion.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Lacks the charm and enchantment I expected.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
It's Fresh, but just barely. It's like 100 other stories just like it, with the corporate stench of "like this or else" that has permeated Dreamworks' animation.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
It offers some nice animation and design, a not-unappealing theme, a few really good gags, some beguiling supporting characters -- and the flattest leads imaginable.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
...something smells mighty fishy about the lackluster Shark Tale...doesn't take the bait as a viable vehicle that can stand on its own melodious merit
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
The plot is extremely predictable, there's too much product placement, and the thing's boring in spots.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
The film vacillates between a mob picture and a Will Smith comedy and does neither one particularly well.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Too much in-joking and stereotypes drown the film in its own conceit. Beautiful visuals but tired and recycled premise.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Ignore the complainers and see this film.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
There are laughs, yes, but nothing so witty you'll remember it later, and nothing so touching you'll get a lump in your throat.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A colorful, vibrant and charismatic treat that plays to both kids and adults...
Brent Simon - Entertainment Today
If you want animated undersea entertainment, go find Nemo.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
With all the talent involved, Shark Tale should have been so much better than this.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Shark Tale is not without charms, but they are lost at sea. A shallow one at that.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
it's much like most of today's children entertainment - vapid and uneventful - or in other words, this is one fish tale that anyone will have a tough time swallowing.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
. . . more concerned with keeping the puns flowing than with actually telling a good story
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Nearly every joke involves placing a stereotype regarding urban culture or organized crime onto a fish of some kind.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
This kindergarten bait is going to flood the boxoffice because of a juvenile hunger for tidbits they can get their hooks into.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
...plenty for the kids to watch that will keep them entertained for the duration of Shark Tale but not nearly enough to keep any but the less discerning adults amused.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
This clever film is a treat for the whole family in a season when very few films offer family entertainment.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
Too many stars as the vocal talent sink this soggy saga
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
It is not in the same level of Finding Nemo but I still think it is worth seeing.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
A surprising dearth of action means kids may tire of this comparatively talky and character-driven film.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Shark Tale spends too much story time promoting lying, bragging, fame, and egotism.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Let's be blunt: It's a place to dump the kids off for 89 minutes.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
We needn't look further than 'Shark Tale' to realize the studio that revolutionized the art of CGI animation doesn't own the patent on wit and imagination.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
A happy, fizzy film, splashed in brilliant colors.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Forced and frantic.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
...all shiny surfaces, bright colors and corny jokes, backed up by a percolating, vaguely irritating soundtrack of pop-rap...
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
It's not really a movie for squids, but all the inside jokes and adult humor work... if you want silly fun up on the surface, come on in - this shark-infested water is fine.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
If you aren't entirely annoyed by the presence of every movie cliche ever written, you might get a kick out of how each and every one is worked into the dialogue.
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
Dated and only intermittently funny.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Shark Tale is always up and often likable.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
A shrimp cocktail with a sob story is a...cute touch, but the good ideas stop flowing pretty quickly
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Feels like more of a merchandizing scheme than a movie.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
With its mobbed-up sharks and hip-hop habitats, the animated feature Shark Tale might qualify as the first 'fishploitation' film in movie history.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
The father-son business is tired, of course (and yes, Finding Nemo got there first).
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
An entertaining 90 minutes.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Cluttered, claustrophobic and self-referential.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
Gangster meets 'gangsta' hip-hop in a (mostly) family-friendly but ultimately forgettable fish story.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
[A]miable fun, with jokes geared to all age groups.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Shark Tale may not quite be an offer you can't refuse, but it certainly merits consideration.
Jack Garner - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Shark Tale has its funny moments and some outstanding design elements. But its story is fundamentally misconceived and, in the telling, diffuses like sponge squeezings in the middle of the ocean.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
This Tale has been told before, but we don't mind hearing it again
Christian Toto - Washington Times
It's all good fun, even when the inevitable animated-movie life lessons and homilies begin floating in.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Colorful and zippy.
Dean Essner - E! Online
A limp fish stick that's all crumbs and no meat.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Opportunistic, utterly calculated, marred by the cartoon minstrelsy of the Will Smith fish, and aggressively 'hip' in the forced manner of a breakfast cereal commercial...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Dean Essner - Sunday Times (Australia)
An affectionate homage to such mobster classics as The Godfather, GoodFellas and The Sopranos.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
Shark Tale makes the most of its setting, with terrific jokes and smart nods toward popular music and films.
Shlomo Schwartzberg - Boxoffice Magazine
It's hardly classic animated fare, but it's breezy and distracting enough to make a passable entertainment.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
An uneasy mix of warmed-over Mafioso jokes and watery fish backgrounds.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
The mystery is why Dreamworks continues to desperately imitate when they're capable of brilliant original work like "Shrek 2"
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
This overly busy deep-sea comedy throws in so many gags that it almost forgets to tell a story.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Defers to easy sludge, whale poop and passed gas jokes meant to reel kids back into their seats every time the mature Mafia references swim over their heads.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
The uproarious Shark Tale is sure to please fish-lovin' masses, but it might have benefited from a little Pixar fairy dust to make it more complete.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
One soggy, charmless heap of chum.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
A timely film that still deals with timeless children's themes.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
By the end of the film it wasn't my stomach that was hurting from laughter; it was my butt that was sore from the pop culture/product placement spanking I was enduring.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
It's too bad they haven't written a program that will spit out good characters and a good story, 'cause that's what Shark Tale is sorely lacking.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
[T]his is the cinematic equivalent of dressing the dog and the cat up in frilly dresses and making them attend a tea party...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
This film is a marketing vehicle that reeks of focus groups and the involvement of the 'suits'.
John Venable - Supercala.com
Shark Tale does have moments of fun and a couple of the goofier gags work, but it comes off as Shrek leftovers and sloppy seconds to Finding Nemo.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
All we know is that if you decide to see Shark Tale, go to a mall where there are other movies playing. Leave the kids. Take the cannolis.
John Anderson - Newsday
Psst! DreamWorks! Your Nemo envy is showing!
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Dreary, damp and derivative.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
If there's any reason for Shark Tale's existence other than to give celebs a chance to play around as animated sea creatures, I don't see it.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Lame undersea kid-flick mob comedy is rotten from head to tail, despite all the talent involved.
James Rocchi - Netflix
The best animated films feel timeless and original, but Shark Tale is stapled together from dozens of hip-hop and movie references.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A delightful, delicious and fresh pop culture comedy.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
Although it is essentially entertaining ... it is also a derivative, formulaic and creatively tentative plaything.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
These are jokes lame enough to make the writers of Yes, Dear groan like they've been mortally wounded (and, yes, they deserve to be mortally wounded).
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
It does not have as much invigorating freshness as audiences have come to expect in computer animation.
Kenneth Turan - NPR's Morning Edition
Not even the eye candy animation is all that great. The film has a flat look that matches it comedic tone.
Austin O'Connor - Lowell Sun
Likely to be more consistently entertaining to adults than the softer-hearted Nemo.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The screenplay isn't remotely as funny as it tries to be, and the visual style is equally unexciting.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Everyone knows what the typical Will Smith character sounds like, and anyone who doesn't want to listen to it magnified three-fold for 90 minutes should stay far, far away.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Is the fish fresh?...Shark Tale believes it can foist off high-speed energy in the place of wit.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
This effort barely qualifies as bait to catch the attention of its rivals, since many of them are far higher up the food chain to notice.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
What Shark Tale lacks in originality it makes up for with sassy humor, bright, effective animation and terrific vocal work.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
Jack Nicholson, Prizzi's Honor; Dean Stockwell, Married to the Mob; Robert DeNiro, Shark Tale. The mafia is no stranger to great cartoon characters.
Richard Horgan - FilmStew.com
The whole experience just makes you feel dirty, patronized and exhausted.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
...its commercial pimping puts a NASCAR rig to shame, but Shark Tale is pretty, fun and smart.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Whatever we found with Nemo and his determined dad seems to have been lost or forgotten in this fishy tale.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
Shark Tale feels like a modest step backwards [for CGI films], a regression not visually but conceptually.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
Finding Nemo and Shrek 2 really raised the bar for computer-animated films, and that makes the flaws here seem more glaring.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
... has a few clever ideas and some impressive artwork but relies mostly on weary, recycled humor: it'll likely be a big hit.
Chris Barsanti - Elites TV
The plot is nothing special, but the visuals are, with eye-popping color and wonderfully expressive fish faces, hilariously funny and surprisingly touching.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Despite its well-crafted look and its urban verve, the picture falters in its second half. The storyline just isn't there.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
While it's no Finding Nemo (and isn't trying to be), it's the wackiest, most energetic, and possibly most entertaining effort to date from DreamWorks' CGI animators.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Dunno if the kids will dig Shark Tale as much as their parents might... All I can tell you is that I enjoyed the heck out of it.
Luke Y. Thompson - LYTRules.com
An ocean story without much depth. The fun shark tale is secondary to little fish story that won't make any waves. Expressive animation though and Ziggy Marley.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Evokes "The Sopranos" under water, its lack of innovation akin to a boulder tied around its feet: "Shark Take" sinks to the bottom and quietly drowns.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
As funny as it may have seemed at the time, Martin Scorsese should never, ever try to talk hip-hop. Ever.
David Thomas - Filmcritic.com
The kind of flashy and colorful but insultingly trite Hollywood regurgitation that far too often gets a pass under the excuse that 'it's just a kid's movie.'
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Oddly lacking a heart. In its place is misguided material decidedly unsavory for most of its target audience, and a string of inappropriate ethnic and racial stereotypes.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
By this time next year Shark Tale will be on a sale rack at Wal-Mart for $5.99, probably as part of a bargain double-pack with Ice Age.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
No fish flop, but neither does it make a discernable flash.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
charming, if suffering a surfeit of cutesy pop-culture references, it lacks both . . . originality and the ineffable something that can best be described as zing
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Shark Tale has a nonstop manic ability to keep its audience in stitches. It's faster-paced and packed with more jokes than both Shrek films combined!
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Good looking on the surface but empty inside...'Shark Tale' works better as a soup than a movie.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Dreamscape's latest animated film is set in a sort of undersea urban environment and should entertain the whole family. The story is familiar but the jokes come rapid fire.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A soulless platform for the Will Smith persona.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
If your kid sees the comic side of mafia vengeance killing, the whole family will have a great time
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A disappointing series of sight gags lost at sea in search of a story.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
A star-studded spectacle that confuses shallow of-the-moment jokes for human emotion.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine