Happily N'Ever After


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 22
  2. Negative: 13 out of 22

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Colorful, crowd-pleasing toon.
  2. 50
    This movie is the worst kind of offender: it thinks its funny and clever, but it is neither. The filmmakers have mistaken banality for wit and silliness for humor, and that doesn't begin to address how visually clunky this motion picture is.
  3. Happily was begun as an old-fashioned 2-D "flat" cartoon and then switched by producer John Williams (of "Shrek") and director Paul J. Bolger to 3-D during production. The style finally is an uncomfortable amalgam of both.
  4. 50
    Putting a spin on classic fairy tales is nothing new, and unfortunately that's just what the "Shrek"-lite animated feature Happily N'Ever After brings to the big screen.
  5. In all, it's a peculiar mishmash, simultaneously bland and suggestive.
  6. While the cast members, Dick and Prinze in particular, have fun with Robert Moreland's sassy script, the exaggerated, unappealing animation seems to belong to another movie altogether.
  7. After the first hour or so of strained puns and wisecracks, you start feeling that the sooner the ending comes, the happier it will be.
  8. 42
    Even Eddie Murphy's endless hyper "Shrek" vamping is more entertaining.
  9. 40
    Shrek this ain't. A lacklustre effort hampered by limp dialogue and lazy plotting.
  10. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Who would have thought an animated comedy satirizing the predictable nature of fairy tales could be so grim?
  11. 30
    Winds up answering the question of what "Shrek" hath wrought, and between its plastic-looking visuals and cynical attitude, the news isn't good. Lacking the genuine wit and humanism of that film and any number of forebears, this one deserves its dumpin'.
  12. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    N'ever was an apostrophe so misplaced, n'ever was the prospect of good cheer so perversely defeated.
  13. This is another tired kidsploitation product.
  14. The rationale behind this unattractive animated comedy, a U.S.-German coproduction, seems to be that since it can't create a fairy-tale world of its own, it might as well riffle through many of the more familiar ones, with particular emphasis on Cinderella's, pretending to deconstruct them with postmodernist glosses, adolescent wisecracks, and a few high-tech anachronisms.
  15. As stiff and slogging as animated films come.
  16. 25
    An ugly, unfunny, headache-inducing fairy-tale spoof.
  17. The best that can be said of this charmless animated picture is that whether or not it ends happily -- an outcome you're unlikely to give a hoot about -- it does, happily, end.
  18. Happily N'Ever After carjacks "Cinderella" and puts her wicked stepmother behind the wheel.
  19. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    A pallidly "hip" revision of classic fairy tales that would be better told straight up if anyone had the nerve. It will divert small children, but so will a brightly colored object if you twirl it.
  20. 20
    Director Paul J. Bolger and screenwriter Rob Moreland have drained the affectionate wit out of the Shrek franchise's satire, giving us instead a barely sketched out story line and quantities of unimaginative CGI.
  21. Stuffed with stock characters -- the vain prince, the critter sidekicks -- who adamantly stay stock.
  22. 0
    If you really want the kids to see a colorfully cryptic meta fairy tale, be subversive and go rent 'em some Alejandro Jodorowsky. No child deserves Happily N'Ever After.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 9 out of 15
  1. Jun 16, 2011
    Yes The Film Is NOT Creative.. But Sarah Michelle Gellar DOES A+++++ Voicing! The Plot Is Not Very Good... This Cast Of Voices Is The BestYes The Film Is NOT Creative.. But Sarah Michelle Gellar DOES A+++++ Voicing! The Plot Is Not Very Good... This Cast Of Voices Is The Best Cast I Have Herd In Along Time! Overall 8! Full Review »
  2. Nov 4, 2010
    lousy piece of crap CGI
  3. AnnaB.
    Jan 5, 2007
    Childish garbage that a few kids might love for its semi-intresting jokes and followable plot and jokes.