Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 22
  2. Negative: 13 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    60
    Colorful, crowd-pleasing toon.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 50
    In all, it's a peculiar mishmash, simultaneously bland and suggestive.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Alex Chun
    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.
  8. 42
    Even Eddie Murphy's endless hyper "Shrek" vamping is more entertaining.
  9. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    40
    Shrek this ain't. A lacklustre effort hampered by limp dialogue and lazy plotting.
  10. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    Who would have thought an animated comedy satirizing the predictable nature of fairy tales could be so grim?
  11. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    30
    This is another tired kidsploitation product.
  12. N'ever was an apostrophe so misplaced, n'ever was the prospect of good cheer so perversely defeated.
  13. 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'.
  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. 25
    An ugly, unfunny, headache-inducing fairy-tale spoof.
  16. Happily N'Ever After carjacks "Cinderella" and puts her wicked stepmother behind the wheel.
  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. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    25
    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.
  19. As stiff and slogging as animated films come.
  20. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    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. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    16
    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
3.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 9 out of 15
  1. Nov 4, 2010
    3
    lousy piece of crap CGI
  2. Oct 24, 2011
    0
    This is by far the worst movie I've ever seen. It's a joyless, cliched rip off of the movies it is apparently trying to mock. Don't even think about thinking about watching this movie! Full Review »
  3. Jun 16, 2011
    8
    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 Best Cast I Have Herd In Along Time! Overall 8! Full Review »