Shrek the Third Reviews

  • Shrek the Third sticks to the swamp it knows best, in a mild climate of palatable jokes about fatherhood, high school, girl power, and a drug-education program for teens that advises ''Just Say Nay.''

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Shrek the Third seems at once more energetic and more relaxed [than its predecessors], less desperate to prove its cleverness and therefore to some extent smarter.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Shrek the Third isn't awful, but it's bland, with a barrel-scraping averageness.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • The world of the fanciful fable looks particularly vibrant this time with its signature blend of realism and fantasy. It is a pleasure to watch these fairy tale folk be themselves -- yet again.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The film's humor is all in the business and nowhere in the lame story's two subplots, neither of which is strong enough to sustain a real movie.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • Director Chris Miller and the credited writers are determined that if these films are to be a collection of riffs and gags, with a sweet afterthought for a finale, then they ought to be very good. And, largely, these are.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Blinded by avarice and all out of ideas, once again, Hollywood can't tell when enough is way more than enough.

    Ella Taylor — Village Voice

  • Where the first two films laced their stories with references to and appearances by familiar fairy tale characters, Shrek the Third is almost totally dependent upon them.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • A parallel world of wonders, zestfully conceived and radiantly rendered, in which the great-hearted ogre tries his likeable best to avoid the parallel threats of kingship and parenthood.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The movie's tidy running time is crammed with so many yuks that I'd have to watch two or three times to catch them all. And I wouldn't mind.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Disposable, clever and never willing to pass up a chance to show how hip it can be, Shrek the Third should make kids titter, adolescents snicker and cash registers ring.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • One measure of comedy's pleasure might be how often you recount the best bits after leaving the theater. Shrek is loaded with the sort of set pieces, both hysterical and satisfyingly amusing, you'll irk friends with.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Computer-generated animated movies with wall-to-wall jokes can be excruciating, but these jokes are the funniest money can buy.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • The plot material isn't as strong as in the first two movies -- if anything, it feels a bit desperate -- but the anti-Disney joke blunderbuss remains in good working order.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • It makes the mistake of thinking slapstick action is funny for its own sake. True, characters zooming and bouncing around are easy to write because no creative invention is required to set them in motion. But so what?

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • I doubt even rabid fans of the first two will consider Shrek the Third a worthy addition to the franchise.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The charm has evaporated. Cinephiles will enjoy some of the in-jokes (watching an awful play, one character cracks, "This is worse than Love Letters"). But then, if you're a cinephile, why would you bother with this?

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • As far as the adventures of Shrek go, it grieves me to report that the third time is charmless.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • A deflated, weakly plotted effort that only intermittently recaptures the jubilant humor of the earlier films.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The formula still works. Maybe not as well, but it works.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

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