A kind of palace coup, a shout of defiance, and a coming of age for DreamWorks.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
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.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
The movie is a constant delight for its exuberant simplicity, its avoidance of sensational effects, its wit and a true feeling that transcends sentimentality.
Philip French - Guardian [UK]
An exuberant Eddie Murphy gives the comic performance of his career.
Susan Wloszczyna - USA Today
A movie that appeals to the eye, mind, heart and funny bone.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Despite all its high-tech weirdness, is really that most perdurable of human constructions, a tale told well and true.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
In an era when much on film seems old, Shrek seems new and fresh and clever.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
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.
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
DreamWorks' first animated film to blow Disney out of the water.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
Mischievous enchantment with something to titillate all ages.
Jane Sumner - Dallas Morning News
DreamWorks Pictures again proves a name to trust for imaginative, funny animated movies that delight kids and adults equally.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
The script, instead of being what we tolerate in order to savor the visuals, is a delight all by itself.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
Jolly and wicked, filled with sly in-jokes and yet somehow possessing a heart.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Toy Story 2 had a higher in-jokes/laughs ratio without straining to demonstrate its hipness or to evoke heartfelt emotions.
Mark Caro - Chicago Tribune
This romantic fantasy complicates the roles of beauty and beast, making it hard to guess what form a sensitive resolution will take.
Lisa Alspector - Chicago Reader
A picture that truly is a perfect family film.
Desmond Ryan - Philadelphia Inquirer
Swift, sweet, irreverent, rangy and as spirited in the writing and voice work as it is splendid in design.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
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.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
An instant animated classic.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Hip and hilarious.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It's a pleasure to be able to report that the movie both captures and expands upon the book's playful spirit of deconstruction.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Combines superb storytelling with state-of-the-art animation.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Peppered with the best fairytale spoofs since Jay Ward's Fractured Fairy Tales.
Sean Means - Film.com
Much of it seems a little sad, a deconstructivist overlay of jaded irony.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Am I alone in thinking that computer animation is the work of the antichrist?
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Shrek is not a guilty pleasure for sophisticated movie-goers; it is, purely and simply, a pleasure.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
However much Shrek might expand the visual palette of computer animation, much more important is the wit and compassion the CG animators at PDI/DreamWorks bring to this fractured fairy tale.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
No one has ever made a funnier jackass of himself than Murphy.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
A world-class charmer.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The witty, fractured fairy tale Shrek has a solid base of clever writing.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
animation is hardly groundbreaking
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
Gross-out laughs meet a marvelous fairytale mix.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Though imperfect, "Shrek" offers enough diversions from animation's go-go-go that it's been sad - after lackluster third and fourth installments - to see the lovable green guy turn the way of impersonal franchise cash-grabbing.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
The only things it takes seriously are the notions of true love and beauty-is-only-skin-deep, good things for kids to soak up after they've had their fill of flatulence.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Kids will love the plot, parents will love the jokes.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
Hugely entertaining, sassy and great-looking...
Daniel Etherington - Film4
Unique brand of entertainment: Simple and straightforward in its textal surface, but sophisticated and witty in subtextual connotations, including racy barbs addressed at Disney, which until recently had monopoly on animation fare, but not anynmore.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Shrek is amusing and charming and it stands on it's own, but it does not rival Disney's best and I'm not saying it needs to, but that simply is the bar.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
Gag by gag -- and there's a stream -- it's merrily irreverent, visually and vocally. The bigger picture, though, is rather more conventional.
Dean Essner - Time Out
I seem to be the only one in the world unimpressed by this so-so animated feature.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
John Venable - Supercala.com
Bottom line: the story satisfies and the jokes avoid juvenile cliches.
Chris Gore - Film Threat
What saves this movie are the performances by the actors, particularly Murphy and Myers.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Truth be told, it's damn enjoyable.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Shrek's pros outweigh its cons, making this overall a delightful and fun entertainment with a refreshingly honest message.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
A solid second outing by DreamWorks/PDI, with truly biting entertaining moments scattered throughout the film.
Alex Keen - Trades
The animation...is amazing.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Excelente fabula que encanta tanto criancas quanto adultos gracas ao seu humor acido e ao seu visual impressionante.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Not coincidentally, most of the really good stuff here will go over young kids' heads.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
...Altogether hip and clever, and the computer-generated 3-D animation is impeccably crisp and colorful.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
A fresh twist on the fairytale humor genre.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Shrek isn't even as good, much less good-willed, than the more mediocre output of the Disney dynasty it wants so thirstily to topple.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
A wonderful fairy tale, made for today's audiences.
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily
This is one of the funniest movies I've seen in years.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A delightful computer-generated romp that's every bit as much fun for adults as it is for kids.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
Big-hearted, silly, wicked and loaded with laughs.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Sure, there's fun in the premise of a self-conscious fairy tale, mixing adventure and satire, but the film really got me when it eased up a bit on the cynicism and proved to have a big heart after all.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
A wickedly delightful animated parody about fairy tales and all those characters that we cut our teeth on.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The importance of friendship and true love are explored with unusual sensitivity in scenes between Shrek and Fiona and between Donkey and Shrek.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A movie that adults will easily enjoy every bit as much as the kids, maybe even more so.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
A funny, well-paced, and satisfying twisted fairy tale.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
If "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid" were banquets for the eyes and ears, "Shrek" is an out of control food fight that's so invigorating to watch you wish it could go on forever.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
I think Shrek sucks.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
A contemporary, yet sophisticated, concoction that throws almost every cliche...yet casts a spell over us with its charm and inventiveness.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Sort of like The Princess Bride, if André the Giant had been the hero, and had worn Lou Ferrigno body paint.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
At least half a dozen flatulence and poop jokes percolate through the opening credits alone. Far be it from me to poo-poo a good fart joke, but there is an art to these things, and in Shrek they just sit there.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
There are numerous faults in Shrek, enough to addle the brain. Chief among these are the narrative infirmities, which begin with the attempt at creating a fairytale that subverts the storytelling conventions of tradition.
Jon Lap - Apollo Guide
Forget Pinocchio or Snow White: children will want their parents to read them the adventures of Shrek when it's time to pick a bedtime story.
Dean Essner - Hollywood.com
There is really something for everyone in this movie.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Has a diabolical sense of humor and a really big heart.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
It delivers what the founders of DreamWorks Pictures originally promised -- alternative yet accessible entertainment.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
It's the story itself that makes the film so endearing -- we actually start to care for the characters, even though we know from the start how it will all end.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Nothing in the world of fairy-tale cartoons appears to have been sacred.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
A fun movie that should elicit smiles from even the most jaded of moviegoers.
Sabadino Parker - PopMatters
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Smart, funny, technically proficient... and taking no prisoners. Bless its twisted little heart.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
There is so much to enjoy all the way along that you'd have to be an ogre not to have a good time.
Jay Stone - Ottawa Citizen
Mother Goose meets Mad Magazine in easily one of the year's most entertaining movies.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
...one of the most delightful, charming, imaginative and superlative endeavors that computer animation has offered since the original 'Toy Story'...
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Whether or not you love Shrek or find it to be only a pleasant diversion depends on how much of a purist you are when it comes to fairly tales.
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
A funny, sweet, snappy fairy tale about misfits, for misfits -- or anybody who's ever felt like a misfit.
Glenn Kenny - Premiere Magazine
La mas jocosa, magica y deslumbrante experiencia filmica del ano
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Beautifully written, gloriously animated and tastily subversive.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
It's too bad about the computer animation, which works at cross-purposes to the characterization.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
If you have any sense of humor, you won't leave the theater disappointed.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
This fable structure is allied to both a witty cynicism and sense of fun, which pervades the entire movie in equal measure.
Ben Falk - BBC
This movie is like a donkey eating a waffle.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
At the heart of it lies a little story about love and acceptance that is actually rather bonny.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
An extremely funny movie.
Joe Leydon - San Francisco Examiner
"Shrek" is more than just a dazzling technical achievement in digital animation, it is a witty, clever, charming romantic comedy about heroism, love and friendship.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
There are so many in-jokes and general mirth in "Shrek," you need to view it more than once for the full effect.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
"SHREK was good. SHREK was funny. SHREK kept me entertained. I had a blast."
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
A clever and adventurous combination of The Princess Bride and Beauty and the Beast.
David Forsmark - Credo
A delightfully irreverent fairy tale.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The new technology is opening up entire worlds for moviegoers. Shrek is a prime example of this new movie magic.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The script's details are gleefully impish, constantly poking fun at Disney
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A genuinely funny film with a lot of heart that is also visually amazing
Marshall Fine - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
"Fresh, funny, irreverent with the message that there's something wonderful in all of us."
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
Greg Dean Schmitz - Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
The animation? Superb, stunning, gorgeous, Pixar-quality, fantastic, wow, man...I myself am totally surprised at how much I laughed - both times I saw it!
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
There was some violence that might be considered over-the-top for young viewers along with the usual flatulence humor, but the little kids sitting next me seemed to be having the time of their lives.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
A wonderfully funny and touching film.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
A sly comic gem, combining a genuinely clever, very well-written story with definitive computer animation and a subversive spin.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
You may not want young, impressionable kids seeing it and reveling in the gross stuff, but everyone else should find it a wickedly funny diversion.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The characters are so three-dimensional you forget you're watching painted digital creatures thought up by animation wizards.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
A visually stunning animation masterpiece - Shrek is one heck of a movie.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
The millennium's first great animated classic has been born. Long live Shrek!
Elias Savada - Nitrate Online
A clever, amusing little film, but its smugness about being more politically correct than Disney is misplaced.
Scott Renshaw - Apollo Guide
The humor -- much of it slyly adult -- never overwhelms.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Our Beast is a beauty in his own right -- and in his own wonderfully entertaining movie.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Isn't so much a fractured spoof of everything Disney, but actually a Monty Python flick for kids -- kids of all ages.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
There's enough for the whole family to enjoy.
Dean Essner - BeatBoxBetty.com
Any of TV animator Jay Ward's five-minute Fractured Fairy Tales has more laughs than you get here.
Dave White - IFilm
Not just a good 'kids' film,' but a genuinely funny comedy.
Mary Kalin-Casey - Reel.com
Not quite as clever as the Toy Story films, but still features some first-rate vocal performances by Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and John Lithgow.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
A heck of a lot of fun -- even if you don't believe in fairy tales.
Paul Tatara - CNN.com
It's still a squabble over money and reputation that matters very little to most of us.
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
Too long on slick, too short on magic.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
The total package is magical to behold, clever and hugely entertaining for all ages.
Bob Aulert - culturevulture.net
In the end, Shrek is just as warm and fuzzy as any of the Disney films that it mocks, playing both sides of the fence without necessarily tearing the fence down.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
An animated gem, on a par with the best of the modern era.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Its characters are delightful enough and the film is just sweet-natured and visually sophiscated enough to avoid sinking into the swamp.
Paula Nechak - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
An effort that deserves to be lumped in with the modern day classics of animation.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
One of those rare animated films that will delight and engage children while entertaining adults to no end.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
It has the big green earmarks of a classic.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
It entertains kids and adults.
John Zebrowski - Seattle Times
The kind of movie that will entertain everyone of every age and probably for ages to come.
John Anderson - Newsday
The rendering of the displaced fairy-tale gang is wonderfully done.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
The best animated movie to hit the big screen since Toy Story.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Truly what a family film was meant to be -- a vehicle that has something for everyone.
Drew McAnulty - Jam! Movies
A subversive little delight which turns the whole notion of the classic fairy tale on end.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
A gleefully fractured fairy tale that never becomes cynical or crass.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
The story wasn't absolutely magical, but it was interesting, quite funny, and different, which is just what the doctor ordered.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
The lack of manipulative sentimentality in Shrek allows for the more serious moments to be genuinely touching and meaningful.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Funny, irreverent and moving, the unconventional Shrek may mock fairy tales, but in the process, creates its own.
Kim Morgan - Oregonian
A brightly colored, fast-moving diversion.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
As low as some of the humor stoops, it can't spoil this imaginative, often clever film.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
This is beautiful work.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
It's possible to groan, chuckle, wince and be moist-eyed, sometimes in a span of seven or eight minutes.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Spends so much time being cleverly hip and spoofing all things Disney that it struggles to find its own identity.
Cameron Meier - Orlando Weekly
Summer's most lovable lug.
Dean Essner - E! Online
It's no classic, but it's cute.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Takes everything Disney and stands it on his head without being very condescending or particularly spiteful.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Torturing the Gingerbread Man? I'm sold.
Max Messier - Filmcritic.com
Shrek is a charmingly ornery green crank, and Murphy makes a funny sidekick.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Shrek isn't clever or smart. It just wants you to think it is, through wink after wink after wink.
Robert Wilonsky - New Times
A rollicking good time.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
The film's real qualities are its warmth and wit, developed without any digital assistance.
Dave Kehr - Citysearch
Shrek's self-reflexive silliness is in nearly perfect counterpoint to its giddy spirit of adventure, friendship, and romance.
Cody Clark - Mr. Showbiz
A hoot, a flat-out laugh riot of equal parts charm and cheekiness.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
A work of art, destined to take its place alongside the classics that it playfully parodies.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Fast, irreverent and magnificently animated and acted.
Frank Lovece - TV Guide's Movie Guide
When it's good, it's very, very good, but when it's bad, it's horrid.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A creative lark from start to finish.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
A drolly satirical but genuinely enchanting animated adventure.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Points the way toward some new uses of enchantment.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Shrek may very well be the first film I've seen that has failed to live up to expectations, and then go on to exceed them.
Jeffrey Huston - Jeff Huston's Believe Me
This is fairy tale deconstruction the whole family will get a kick out of.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Shrek turns dozens of fairy tales inside out and upside down to hilarious effect.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Even though Shrek never enters Pixar's rarified league, it is an imaginative and side-splitting movie that is a treat for young and old.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Big hit with kids AND adults but didn't gratify me.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
This isn't just a fractured fairy tale, it's a storybook vision in a mushroom cloud of imagination and fun.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
On its own merits, it's great fun.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Not to say that the film isn't amusing, but if you were looking for the Disney-killer, keep looking.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
A fresh fruitatious smorgasbord of laughter that has but one disappointing blemish.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
This isn't your grandmother's animated movie.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
This postmodern Dreamworks cartoon takes brilliant, albeit infrequenet, jabs at Disney's totalitarian control of the fairy tale genre.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Chalk this sucker up with Toy Story 2 and Chicken Run in the 'fun for the whole family' category.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Smart, sassy and chockablock with witty references to pop culture past and present.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
It has sensational animation, adventure, romance, and laughter.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Fast-paced and filled with enough cheeky humor to keep parents as entertained as their kids.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
A quality production, from its appearance to its voice work and even to its laughably predictable story.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
The same low-tech requirements hold in the high-tech world of digital cinema: it all starts with the script.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
A new animated classic has been born.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com