“Good Thing It Is Better Then The Third”
“2 Ogre Thumbs Up”
“Overall A Big Dissapointment, With Few Laughs, No Plot And Just A Money Maker, Nothing Thoughtful Or Ligtheart Or Fun For The Fans Of This Series. Mike Myers Shrek Accent Is No Lnoger Amusing, Eddie Is Reduced To Singing Inbetween, Antonio Steals The Show”
“SHREK FOREVER AFTER IS FUN TO WATCH BUT NOTHING SPECIAL!!!”
“The Best Of The Series!”
“OK BUT NOTHING NEW!”
“Watch This Movie Here Http://bit.ly/9yLdG9”
“Brilliant End To A Franchise!”
“If There Was A Word To Describe This, It's 'Terrible'”
“And In The Morning, I'm Making 3D Waffles!”
“In My Opinion This Latest And Hopefully FINAL! Chapter It Gets Boring , And Unfunny , Its Hardly Worth Anyone's Time , The Character We All Know And Love , Has Well Lost Its Charm , But I Love Seeing All The Characters Back , And For That I Say Rent It”
“Haven't I Seen This Before Somewhere?...”
“Familiar But Not Refreshing...”
“"Thankfully It's 'The Final Chapter'"”
“The Final Chapter Is Far Far Away From Being Anything Great....but, However, That Doesn't Mean It Isn't A Little Decent.”
“"It Was You Who Rescued Me"”
“Shrek Was Waesome”
“Wolfy! My Angry Wig!”
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
The shout line on the Shrek Forever After poster says it best: It ain't ogre till it's ogre.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
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?
Mary Elizabeth Williams - Salon.com
As It's a Wonderful Life knock-offs go, this one isn't half-bad.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
This fourth installment in the popular animated franchise demonstrates it may finally be time to let Shrek and Fiona live happily ever after.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
This fourth and allegedly final installment in the series is lifeless, joyless and woefully devoid of the upbeat energy that distinguished the earlier movies -- well, at least the first two.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Can an ogre jump a shark? I think so.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
It's the characters that pull us in when familiarity flatlines our interest.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
For the most part the screenwriters never lose sight of the moral of this story: Whatever else gets tossed into the mix, Shrek must be the heart and soul. In this, Myers is a master; he makes it seem easy being green.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Shrek Forever After is a very mediocre affair, with crummy 3D and a real lack of laughs.
Matt Joseph - We Got This Covered
"Shrek Forever After" feels more like a direct-to-video release than one that should have been put in theaters.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Shrek Forever After is a fairy tale ending for the series.
Mayer Nissim - Digital Spy
DreamWorks and the unlovable ogre lose the plot.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
Shrek's inspired mash-up of the world of fairy tales and contemporary pop culture is now yielding diminishing returns.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Reveals an urge by the filmmakers to wipe the slate clean, as large an admission that the series is out of ideas as one could get. That said, all involved do try to make the most of it.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
...sweet and gentle, and the conclusion, while expected, carries a good deal of touching sentiment.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
It's sweet, mildly funny, and a pleasant enough farewell from these once beloved characters. But there's a somewhat melancholy tone to the proceedings, as we watch this franchise try to hold onto its final shreds of dignity.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Interestingly, ...Forever After's biggest influence appears not to be fairy tales this time, but rather the Back To The Future series.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Shrek Forever After brings the long-running saga to a lively close, reminding each of the characters about the love and friendship which bind them together.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
The movie is a family drama about the family drama, so on every available level it works a treat.
Andrew O'Hagan - This is London
It's a neat enough way of closing the book -- and one hopes it is closed now.
Andrew Collins - Radio Times
Has a warm, engaging tone that draws us into the dramatic possibilities rather than the comical ones
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
It isn't quite as witty or inventive as you might have hoped but if it is the last film in the series then it offers an honourable conclusion to a wonderful decade of family entertainment.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
An improvement over the last film...
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
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.
Shrek Forever After is an amiable but underpowered conclusion to a franchise that ran out of comic ideas six years ago. It is time to lay this ogre to rest.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
If we all loved the first film, enjoyed the second and were disappointed by the third, this fourth and final entry ends the Shrek series on a satisfying high note.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
While it will have to settle for being the second best sequel of the franchise, Shrek's last outing ultimately reminds you of why we fell in love with these characters in the first place.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Obviously inspired by It's a Wonderful Life, Shrek may not be able to match Frank Capra's delicious pathos, but this is a fitting final chapter for the franchise.
Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies
Now is the time for DreamWorks to return to the drawing board; to use this $2.5 billion series to invest in something as thrilling and adventurous as the original Shrek.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
The film is engaging enough, due to a narrative gimmick that makes the old ground new again.
Leo Robson - Financial Times
This fourth ogre outing delivers plenty of 3D razzle dazzle and has fun messing about with its alternate-reality storyline, but it never troubles the modernclassic status achieved by the first Shrek. Still, a chunky step up from Shrek The Third.
Tony Horkins - Total Film
Much better than its predecessor, but not a patch on the original, Shrek Forever After would be a respectable point for the irritable ogre's tale to come to an end.
Chris Prince - Sky Movies
An entertaining conclusion to the franchise -- one that parents should happily endure. But let's hope that's all, folks.
Anna Smith - Time Out
DreamWorks could be entering a period of fresh creativity. With How To Train Your Dragon and a balanced, darker-hued and very funny Shrek finale, they've found the magic again.
James White - Empire Magazine
Impressively directed and superbly animated, this is a clever reworking of It's A Wonderful Life that manages to freshen up the franchise, allowing for a much darker tone and a subtle revamping of all the characters...
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The timing feels right for the big green guy to pass the torch to the new dragon on the block.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
There's no life to the film, no spark, and more importantly no real reason for this fourth outing to have ever been made.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
It is like It's A Wonderful Life replayed in the world of the Grimms, as Shrek (along with the viewer) is made to realise what he was, what he has become, and what he has lost in the process.
Anton Bitel - Film4
A welcome relief. However, it is still far, far away from the heights of the first two installments.
James Croot - Flicks.co.nz
If anything, it's much better than the third chapter.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
It's not as engaging as the original, but a nice step up from the disappointing third installment.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
If you've enjoyed the ride so far, be sure not to miss one last adventure with Shrek and his crew.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
As far as blatant milking of cash-cows go, it retains much of the heart and charm of the franchise, if not the cracking humour.
Marc Fennell - Triple j
James White - Empire Magazine Australasia
The Shrek franchise is a hugely enjoyable one, with funny characters and a knowing way with mocking fairy-tales and popular culture.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
Third times are rarely charms in the movies, much less fourth go-rounds, and it takes more than ho-hum 3D and video-game-ready action sequences to liven up diminishing returns.
David Fear - Time Out Sydney
Too willing to slavishly pillage from the original film, right down to similar montage sequences with the same "Smash Mouth" style soft rock musical accompaniment. It is all perfectly competent, reasonably amusing and completely unimaginative.
Sean Rom - Trespass
Shrek Forever After feels tired, but is lifted by the usual slew of wisecracks and pop culture references. The use of 3-D, while not revelatory, is apt, and adds another layer of appeal to the film's action.
Cara Nash - FILMINK (Australia)
A rise in quality from the very pedestrian Shrek the Third.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
A supreme example of movie junk food.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
Shrek 4 shows all the signs of mortuus equus syndrome -- as in, flogging the horse which is not just sleeping.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
All in all, it's not the spectacular send-off Shrek deserves but, as a way to get out, it's not too shabby either.
Ben McEachen - Sunday Times (Australia)
The writing is brisk and funny, the situation allows for plenty of adventure to keep our characters busy and Shrek himself takes a big lesson in learning to treasure what he's really got
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Brilliant animation, 3D magic and a subversive script filled with quirky humour transports us to Swamp Heaven for this perfect Shrek final chapter. It's a whirlwind of a film
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
What's been achieved here is still highly hilarious. The original concepts are that solid.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
The key, as Fiona points out, is to know when you have everything, and be grateful. It's a worthy conclusion to the tale. We can all live happily ever after.
Alissa Wilkinson - Christianity Today
Though it's jumped on the 3D bandwagon, the fourth Shrek is almost surprisingly clunky and old.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
By the middle of the second act, Forever After finally finds its groove, becoming mildly amusing (the actors -- Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas -- are in fine form) but never rising to the inspired heights of the original.
Ernest Hardy - L.A. Weekly
This "final chapter" doesn't try too hard %u2014 save for the finale %u2014 to become an after-school special, the way the dreadfully dull Shrek the Third did.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Better than the last film, but the latest in this disappointing franchise is "Shrek" out of luck.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Good luck explaining the plot to your kid
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
I've sat through four Shrek movies. Christ, the things I do for you people.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
This one had the same paucity in wit and script issues as the whole Shrek series.
Michael Phillips - At the Movies
[It] kind of engaged me a little bit.
A.O. Scott - At the Movies
doesn't do anything the previous installments hadn't already done for better or for worse
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The weaknesses of the picture suggest that there really isn't anywhere else to go beyond this, but as long as they stop now, the series can always be remembered as a pleasurable one.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
All the whiners who bashed the other revisionist sequels better raise arms here too. It'll amuse me to see Shrek fans get as angry as Spider-Man fans.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
All the edge, all the wit, all the refreshing originality that made the earlier films in the franchise so enjoyable have been all but drained from the swamp this go round.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
The winking nonstop pop-culture references are as annoying as ever, but the witch army is cool, and there's no denying that Donkey, Puss in Boots, the Gingerbread Man, Pinocchio and the other supporting characters are pretty funny.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
It's a Shrek-derful Midlife Crisis
Jen Yamato - Movies.com
It cuts back on the rapid-fire pop culture references that dominate the other films to focus on the story, but unfortunately, the story isn't all that interesting.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
This is one grim fairy tale.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Time for Shrek to stay far, far away.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
I got three solid laughs and one chuckle out of the whole thing. There is something wrong with that.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Not as bad as number three but not as good as one and two.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
A fitting fourth film in the animated series, Shrek Forever After is a mature story of romance and regret, and yet hilarious enough for kids and grownups alike.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
A dumbed-down ripoff strictly for the tyke demographic too young to notice that the flick's a thinly-veiled retread.
Kam Williams - TheLoop21.com
After the original spoof of fairy tales and Disney fare, it's taken three sequels to finally get one right. Now please stop.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
There probably will not be another Shrek movie, but if there isn't, this is a good place to end the franchise, and two out of three is a far better average, as far as quality goes, than most sequels.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The deepest, richest, most entertaining and the most "real" characters in movies aren't real people.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
The fairy tale that has charmed adults and children is now in its fourth, and possibly final, installment.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Reminds us why we fell in love with these characters, while also finding different ways for them to interact in a new adventure.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
After seeing 'Shrek the Third' I thought I was done with this movies. I thought wrong. They brought back the story. And now they can put the series to bed, happily ever after.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
[Its] primary function will be to serve as a babysitter once it hits DVD.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
My mind kept wandering from what was happening on screen, which never occurred during the previous and highly entertaining Shrek adventures.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Somewhat clever, heartfelt and much darker than its predecessors, but it's ultimately forgettable and not nearly as diverting as it could have been for kids and adults simultaneously.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
It's no classic, but Shrek Forever After is a pleasant reminder that every time a cash register rings, this ogre turns angelic.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
For once ... I hope the filmmakers haven't ruled out another sequel. As Shrek Forever After proves, there's life in the big green guy yet.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
It feels narratively overcooked and comically undernourished, a pale shadow of the earlier entries.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
What saves Shrek Forever After from utter mediocrity isn't its high-priced superstar voice talent but veteran animator Dohrn, who steals the show by making Rumplestilskin the best oily runt since Danny DeVito last dispatched a taxi.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
This latest episode may be agreeably snappy and snarky -- improving considerably on 2007's stale Shrek the Third -- but it's also evidence the series is out of ideas.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
Fanciful and, hopefully, franchise-concluding, it should have a long and prosperous life on dvd.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
It means well, it tries hard, but it's spinning stew out of an oyster and the results are just too thin and watery to hold up.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Mike Myers deserves a ton of credit for making "Shrek" an enduring and endearing part of our film vernacular.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Do we really need a movie about SHREK's midlife crisis? Really?
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Forever After feels like a tired yank on the udders of a cash cow that's nearly dry.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Shrek still mopes around too much. But he recovers nicely with a good bit of help from his friends, Donkey and Puss, as fine a pair of sidekicks as filmdom has produced.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
Somehow, the big green guy manages to make the whole gang fall in love with him all over again.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Even though Forever After is not as fresh-seeming as its predecessors, it provides passable entertainment, especially for the kids who won't be familiar with the George Bailey storyline retread -- or midlife crises, for that matter.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Shrek's "It's A Wonderful Life," plus lots of action and Donkey teeth in 3-D.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Let Shrek Forever After be the final Shrek chapter so the franchise can end on a reasonably high note.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
"Shrek Forever After" lacks the charm and freshness of the original. It does entertain, though, because of its winning recipe of popular characters, humor and storytelling.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Forges a pretty bulletproof family film from what from what I, at least, feared would be a worn-out formula.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
Where Shrek the Third got a bit green around the gills, this latest take, puffed up in 3D and defibrillated back to life with a snappy story, makes for some monstrously good fun.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
"It's mildly entertaining, infused with the pleasant nostalgia you experience visiting friends you only get to see every few years. ... But the laughs aren't there anymore."
Sean O'Connell - Hollywood News
This is nothing more than a tired and creatively bankrupt attempt to further stretch out a property that never should have turned into a franchise in the first place.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
The fourth Shrek runs out of steam from the start, cribbing from its predecessors in a last desperate attempt to evoke some of that old magic.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
If you had a tough time getting through Shrek the Third, you'll probably have an even tougher time with Shrek Forever After. Oh, but it's in 3-D. That should make things pop, but it didn't make much of an impression, sort of like the rest of the animati
Janos Gereben - Entertainment Insiders
[It] may not be especially funny; it may not have any tremendously compelling reason to exist... but by God, it's not as dispiriting as Shrek the Third.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The best since the original! Dead funny, imaginative and hip %u2013 and if Shrek goes out on this note, it's a good thing.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
The latest animated Shrek adventure may be in 3-D, but its execution is flat.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
...for once, the creators of this creaky series try something new and fresh.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
Shrek Forever After is not that bad. That's what we've come to... evaluating a multi-million dollar summer tent-pole release as 'not that bad.'
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
They ought to be happy they found a way to go out on top with a good movie. Please don't follow through with the idea of doing a 5th Shrek movie.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
You don't have to be a second coming of Albert Einstein to figure out how it will all end, but that doesn't stop Shrek Forever After from having a tremendous amount of heart.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
Benjamin Franklin once said, "Fish and guests stink after three days." The same could be said of movie franchises that overstay their welcome. With Shrek Forever After, the magic is gone but at least the heart is back.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Side by side, the four Shrek films look like the stages of man. You have Shrek as ogre, Shrek as husband, Shrek as daddy, and now, Shrek as George Bailey.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
Fresh, funny and, for once, a sequel worthy of summer blockbuster status.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
Fiona's fierce, Shrek's lovable in still-funny 4th movie.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
A sunny, sweet and satisfying animated comedy.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Every frame of this film reeks of a project that has been conceived and executed merely to fulfill the bare minimum to get audiences into seats. They know that if they tell a few jokes and bring back the characters you love, that you'll pay to see it. Act
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Shrek Forever After is an improvement on the third film but misses that comedic balance that the first two films delivered.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
They've promised us that this will be the last Shrek film, and please let it be true.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The novelty may have worn off, but Shrek Forever After gets better as it goes along, and it has its moments.
Scott A. Mantz - Access Hollywood
People will complain about what Shrek Forever After lacks in comparison to the other three installments, but I will take a drastic reduction in fart jokes and bad puns in favor of some heart any day of the week.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
You've seen Shrek and it was good. If you want to know what Shrek would be like if it wasn't good, then see Shrek Forever After.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
...as fun and witty as its predecessors, but the movie has a completely different reason for being.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
The series exits (hopefully) on the right note. It's not because it comes close to the achievement of the first two films ... but because it gets out before we turn from amused detachment to fed-up annoyance.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
The Shrek franchise has officially gone green: Forever After is made from entirely recycled material, and it smells to high heaven.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
As was the case with the third outing, this one isn't terrible. It just feels mediocre and recycled using the "It's a Wonderful Life" themes to try to breathe some new life into the series (Parental Content Review also included)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
By the fourth film the script is defined by one word: desperation. The Shrek team went with the alternate universe/George Bailey trick. But it works. Funnier than Nos. 2 or 3.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
The film's expert balance of humor, heart, and excitement is real movie magic.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
If the screaming kids in the theater don't get to you, then the not-too-jolly green ogre's three burping, farting, and also screaming offspring will...
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
So fear not, "Shrek Forever After" is not a S-wreck. But unfortunately it's not S-great, either.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
A last dance for the profitable ogre, and while it's a modest affair that barely exerts itself, it's a charming, humorous closer that reunites the viewer with old pals in an extremely agreeable fashion.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
The latest in the franchise is better than its predecessors, mainly because of the 3D, but should (please gods) be the last, forever.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
[...with the third entry] the franchise went to the well once too often, serving up the bottom's murky remains. Now they've gone twice too often: For most of Shrek Forever After, even the mud seems to have dried out.
Andy Klein - Brand X
The magic is back
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
It was hard to believe Dreamworks was going to be able to find an interesting enough story for a fourth installment, but Shrek Forever After is actually pretty compelling.
Heather Huntington - E! Online
It coasts a bit, but it's slick, and enough jokes and characters connect that you can't quite dismiss it.
Mike Russell - Oregonian
Having seen Shrek Forever After only four days ago, it has already begun to slowly fade from memory, whereas the original remains fresh in my mind, as if it were just viewed yesterday. What does that tell you?
After "Shrek" (2001), "Shrek 2" (2004), "Shrek the Third" (2007) and TV's "Shrek the Halls" (2007), you'd think Jeffrey Katzenberg and star Mike Myers would give creator and author William Steig's big ogre a rest.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Let's hope they have the good grace to stick to the promise and really end the franchise here, because no matter what, there's no meat left on this particular ogre's bones.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
... that rare sequel that actually tops the original ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
After three films aimed squarely at adolescents, I'm mildly surprised to find that DreamWorks has made a final chapter aimed more or less at middle-aged men.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
There is no happy ending for the Shrek franchise.
Charlie McCollum - San Jose Mercury News
Shrek Forever After ends (presumably) the Shrek saga on an up note, thanks to a fresh take on a classic plot twist.
Cathy Jakicic - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
With the exception of the third film, this is the least funny of the bunch.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
All of this would be extremely irritating, and easy to dismiss as cynical manipulation of the moviegoing public -- except for the fact that even recycled Shrek is still pretty funny, and that kids will thoroughly enjoy it.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
The kind of commercially mandated, creatively bankrupt effort that makes you realize why so many animated sequels go straight to DVD.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
There is a pervasive sense in Shrek 4 that the title character, a onetime antidote to soulless corporate animation, has become what he once detested.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Kids' movies are rarely profoundly thoughtful, but there's no reason to be this insulting about it, either.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
This fourth installment demonstrates that the big green ogre has definitely passed his prime...Maybe cinematic ogres age in dog years.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A delightful animated portrait of Shrek's mid-life crisis and his struggle to find a way to savor the ordinary rhythms of marriage and parenting.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Forever After isn't as jumbled and irritating as 2007's Shrek the Third, but it's still decidedly pointless.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
The fourth -- and allegedly final -- installment of the 'Shrek' franchise is an improvement over the third, but it won't make us clamor for a fifth.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
A surprising revival after Shrek the Third was so lifeless. This is billed as the final chapter in the big guy's saga and, unexpectedly, I'm now sorry to see him go.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Third times are rarely charms in the movies, much less fourth go-rounds, and it takes more than ho-hum 3-D and video-game-ready action sequences to liven up diminishing returns.
David Fear - Time Out
The first summer movie thus far to deliver on its promise to put on a good show.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Funnier and more exciting - and more emotionally connected - than most of the summer's blockbusters so far.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Shrek Forever After is, easily, the best sequel in the series.
David Poland - Movie City News
You can see the ending, and even the fantastically corny final line coming the whole time, but when they finally do they still hit hard.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
Shrek Forever After isn't offensive, just innocuous and unnecessary, a supposed final chapter to a series that should have ended two installments ago.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Shrek Matures: Bourgeoisie Critics are Opposed
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Shrek is without question the funniest film of the year-at least so far.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
Old-fashioned, despite the 3D, this fourth (and final?) segment in the hit animated franchise is the weakest in terms of wit, playfulness, entertainment.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Good enough for the kiddies, but grown-ups may find Part 4 little more than a hollow echo of the original Shrek.
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical