Shrek 2001

Critics score:
88 / 100

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Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: A gleefully fractured fairy tale that never becomes cynical or crass. Read more

Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune: Toy Story 2 had a higher in-jokes/laughs ratio without straining to demonstrate its hipness or to evoke heartfelt emotions. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: The witty, fractured fairy tale Shrek has a solid base of clever writing. Read more

Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel: It's a pleasure to be able to report that the movie both captures and expands upon the book's playful spirit of deconstruction. Read more

Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer: A picture that truly is a perfect family film. Read more

John Zebrowski, Seattle Times: The movie is helped immensely by its cast, who carry it through some of the early, sluggish scenes. But this is Murphy's movie. Donkey gets most of the good lines, and Murphy hits every one. Read more

Susan Stark, Detroit News: Swift, sweet, irreverent, rangy and as spirited in the writing and voice work as it is splendid in design. Read more

Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News: Mischievous enchantment with something to titillate all ages. Read more

Paul Tatara, A heck of a lot of fun -- even if you don't believe in fairy tales. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: A fat green ogre with a grouchy disposition and worse manners, Shrek is the sort of unlikely hero that nobody could love -- except just about everyone who sees this hip and hilarious animated delight. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: 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. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: The charms of Shrek, which is based on the children's book by William Steig, go far beyond in-jokes for adults. Read more

Christy Lemire, Associated Press: After a 90-minute onslaught of in-jokes, here's the real punch line: Shrek strives to have a heart. Supposedly there's a message about beauty coming from within, but somehow it rings hollow. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Combines superb storytelling with state-of-the-art animation. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: When it's good, it's very, very good, but when it's bad, it's horrid. Read more

Nathan Rabin, AV Club: Shrek's ability to fit in a number of touching, funny moments says much about the intelligence and wit behind it. It's just a shame that the film is never as clever or as hip as it so desperately feels the need to be. Read more

Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader: This romantic fantasy complicates the roles of beauty and beast, making it hard to guess what form a sensitive resolution will take. Read more

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle: DreamWorks' first animated film to blow Disney out of the water. Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post: DreamWorks Pictures again proves a name to trust for imaginative, funny animated movies that delight kids and adults equally. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: A kind of palace coup, a shout of defiance, and a coming of age for DreamWorks. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: Much of it seems a little sad, a deconstructivist overlay of jaded irony. Read more

Paul Malcolm, L.A. Weekly: Murphy steals every scene he's in with equal parts bounce and warmth. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: The kind of movie that will entertain everyone of every age and probably for ages to come. Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek: It doesn't take long to figure out that Shrek is not going to be your ordinary animated fairy tale. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: What the film lacks is the faintest glimmer of charm. Read more

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture: The script, instead of being what we tolerate in order to savor the visuals, is a delight all by itself. Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News: The brilliance of the voice work, script, direction and animation all serve to make Shrek an adorable, infectious work of true sophistication. Read more

Elvis Mitchell, New York Times: 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. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Shrek is not a guilty pleasure for sophisticated movie-goers; it is, purely and simply, a pleasure. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Jolly and wicked, filled with sly in-jokes and yet somehow possessing a heart. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: A world-class charmer. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Am I alone in thinking that computer animation is the work of the antichrist? Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: This is beautiful work. Read more

Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine: No one has ever made a funnier jackass of himself than Murphy. Read more

Nick Bradshaw, Time Out: Gag by gag -- and there's a stream -- it's merrily irreverent, visually and vocally. The bigger picture, though, is rather more conventional. Read more

Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today: An exuberant Eddie Murphy gives the comic performance of his career. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: An instant animated classic. Read more

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice: 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. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: A movie that appeals to the eye, mind, heart and funny bone. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: Despite all its high-tech weirdness, is really that most perdurable of human constructions, a tale told well and true. Read more