Shark Tale


Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36

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Critic Reviews

  1. 88
    Represents solid family entertainment, and will find a special place in the hearts of those who adore the "Godfather" movies and the TV series "The Sopranos."
  2. By riffing off two iconic American narratives of the last 35 years, "The Godfather" and "The Sopranos," it has changed the template for animation, making a timely film that still deals with timeless children's themes.
  3. Boasts a really spectacular cast to voice those reasonably funny jokes.
  4. 75
    What Shark Tale lacks in originality it makes up for with sassy humor, bright, effective animation and terrific vocal work.
  5. Not wildly imaginative, and it has a tepid mix of movie references. But the physical environment and characters make it irresistible.
  6. By avoiding the usual animation cliches, by keeping the story moving, the pictures pretty and the characters consistently amusing, director and co- writer Rob Letterman cobbles together an entertaining 90 minutes.
  7. 70
    This dazzling CGI feature by DreamWorks Animation appropriates the vivid undersea psychedelia of "Finding Nemo," though in contrast to that movie, the father-son parable here is just an excuse to burlesque "The Godfather" for the 100th time.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Story is everything and Shark's is rather thin and soupy, despite the winning improvisational skills of stars Will Smith and Jack Black.
  9. Shark Tale is "Finding Nemo" with bigger-name stars, far less heart and, the guess here is, about one-third the staying power.
  10. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Full of invention, but under the colorful icing is a slightly stale cake.
  11. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    With the combination of mobster characters and heavily R&B, hip-hop and disco/soul tune orientation of the soundtrack, pic has a more streetwise feel than most animated fare, which is not to say that it has street smarts.
  12. Comes off as an overly jokey but often quite entertaining spoof that should please families everywhere.
  13. The noisiest laughs in this watery animated comedy are reserved for those who value self-referential winks above all else.
  14. It's overblown and greedy and feels like more of a merchandizing scheme than a movie.
  15. 58
    Noisy, garish, cluttered, simplistic and often dark in content, it nevertheless sings and preens and jokes and tugs at you with such persistent verve that, exhausted, you give in.
  16. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    The film has a hectic, sitcom air and a full-of-himself hero who is as likely to grate as to ingratiate.
  17. 50
    It's stale, like something you wrap in yesterday's newspaper.
  18. The screenplay isn't remotely as funny as it tries to be, and the visual style is equally unexciting.
  19. Reasonably good fun, even if, in the end, it's not really very interesting.
  20. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    If you were hoping to find another "Nemo," you're likely to be let down by this insincere and borderline unpleasant alternative.
  21. It does not have as much invigorating freshness as audiences have come to expect in computer animation.
  22. Where Finding Nemo suggested that under-the-waves adventure was limitless, Shark Tale suggests that this sea is over-fished. The krill is gone.
  23. 50
    The movie lacks a port of entry for young viewers -- a character they can identify with. All of the major characters are adults with adult problems like debt, romance, and running (or swimming away from) the mob.
  24. Though Shark Tale will make waves at the multiplexes and move a lot of plastic toys at Burger King, the movie lacks real heart. It feels like a cold-blooded, always moving, profit-making machine.
  25. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    Shark Tale's shallow plot and leagues of padding put it fully in the shadow of last year's animated underwater offering, the nifty, heartfelt "Finding Nemo."
  26. 40
    Every single joke, character detail, music montage, and pop-culture reference looks extensively market-tested, whether via screenings, focus groups, or other box-office successes.
  27. 40
    Falls prey to the lazy assumption that a parade of whiz-bang CGI will cover for the absence of a muscular story.
  28. It's stunning, really, to consider how much time and expense went into something so chintzy and dull--a script full of non sequiturs shouted by a screen full of chum.
  29. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    The story leaves you snoozing with the fishes.
  30. One soggy, charmless heap of chum.
  31. 40
    There’s a surprising lack of surprises in DreamWorks’ answer to Disney/Pixar’s runaway smash "Finding Nemo."
  32. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Although the vocal performances often amuse and delight, the overall design is charmless.
  33. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Where "Nemo" was clever, soulful, and marvelous to look at, "Tale" is manic and surprisingly ugly, with a script that leans on the shallowest aspects of hip-hop street cred while pimping for corporate product placement at every turn.
  34. This movie just doesn't match its predecessors.
  35. 25
    A shipwreck. They say a dead fish stinks from the head first - but the animated shipwreck Shark Tale arrives reeking all over.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 199 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 59
  2. Negative: 27 out of 59
  1. Todd
    Jul 8, 2007
    It isn't Pixar. It is Dreamworks. Pixar couldn't produce such crap even if they tried.
  2. Oct 9, 2011
    Despite a ensemble 'voice' cast, "Shark Tale" is a normal Dream works animation with the obvious hero path formula intended to scrap money outDespite a ensemble 'voice' cast, "Shark Tale" is a normal Dream works animation with the obvious hero path formula intended to scrap money out of the audience. Full Review »
  3. Sep 3, 2012
    Everybody who is hating on this movie are just stuck up. It was very funny and entertaining. All the characters were great, and it was quiteEverybody who is hating on this movie are just stuck up. It was very funny and entertaining. All the characters were great, and it was quite creative how they built a world under the sea. Full Review »