Shrek Forever After Reviews

  • 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.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • In the fourth and ostensibly final installment, Shrek and company still have some appeal, but the energy is lacking and the fun feels forced.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • After a disappointing third outing, this Shrek brings the cycle of fairy-tale-themed films to a fine finish.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Janice Page — Boston Globe

  • 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.

    Ernest Hardy — Village Voice

  • Happily, it's a move that revives our aging ogre, and renews his flagging franchise.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • A recycling machine that recalls the high points of previous installments without demonstrating the need for a new one.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Shrek Forever After wanders far, far away from the infectious and propulsive zing that we've come to expect over the past nine years.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • 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.

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • 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.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 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.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The magic is gone. Like its watermelon-headed hero, Shrek Forever After has the midlife blahs.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Who is supposed to be excited by this? What child would care? What adult would care?

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Shrek the Third made more than $322 million. Why kill the goose that laid the golden egg? Because it's time.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Whether or not Shrek has outlived his usefulness as a profit center, it's clear that time and technology have passed him by.

    John Anderson — Variety

  • 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.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • Dreamworks seems bored with the ogre who laid the golden egg.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • 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.

    Rob Salem — Toronto Star

  • 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.

    Eric D. Snider — Film.com

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