Shark Tale

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6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 196 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 196

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  1. Jan 3, 2014
    4
    Não sei o que dizer sobre esse filme, em certo momentos ele divertido e em outros tedioso, acho que não me dei bem com essa película acho ela um pouco desnecessária.
  2. Oct 9, 2011
    4
    Despite 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.
  3. patrickd.
    Oct 22, 2005
    6
    The most un-original of all Pixar films. To much refenences to pop-culture.
  4. MarcusM
    Feb 7, 2005
    6
    Not the BEST anime i've seen (Incredables easily tops this), but it was worth a watch. Some of the jokes where cheesy but overall it was a good movie with great animation and lovable characters. You dont have to BUY It, but its worth renting.
  5. ElliottW
    Dec 1, 2008
    4
    A mediocre film. All of it seems very uninspired and boring. Dreamworks got it right with Shrek and Madasgcar, but they failed here.
  6. OscardelaS.
    Oct 12, 2004
    6
    People are confused these days. They go the see "Shark" and expect to see "Nemo". I think it is all about managing expectations. Shark is not swimming into virgin waters but it not ridiculous either like Cat woman. All in all, decent entertainment. The godfather goes deep underwater!. Please next you go and see a movie, check you are in the right theater.
  7. MickyD
    Sep 28, 2004
    6
    Was a fairly average attempt, little to overboard or something. Can't quite put the finger on it. The first half and hour doesn't seem to grab the audience. After that it gets better. Worth a watch though, just don't suspect to be blown away.
  8. bobe.
    Jan 21, 2005
    6
    Pros: Nicely appointed cast, excelent visuals, how charasters in movie kind of look like the person who is doing his/her voice Cons: Children probably will not know whats going on, Oscar deserves what is going on to him, could have been funnier, screenplay not developed enough Overview: Not worth watching in theatres, just borrow it from a friend or something; dont pay to watch it!
  9. AngieG.
    Mar 20, 2005
    5
    Very average movie on every level.
  10. Feb 12, 2013
    6
    For what it is, it isn't that bad. Basically it's Fresh Prince just using fish. It's clearly aimed at a young audience. As long as you don't take it to seriously, it does have a few moments where it is decent. Overall: A decent kids film that is a bit enjoyable, but is really nothing special for adults (aside from the LONG list of celeb cameos.)
  11. Nov 13, 2013
    4
    Shark Tale smells fishy.
    Shark Tale in conclusion is a movie that simply never goes anywhere. A very mediocre plot with very one dimensional characters, and extremely poor script with very little conclusion.
  12. Feb 5, 2016
    4
    Not that I am biased to anything Pixar makes (90% of the time, they are masterpieces), but DreamWorks' 'Shark Tale' is in no way as endearing or fun as 'Finding Nemo' (2003), my all time favorite Pixar film.

    Will Smith voices our main hero as he seems to be a nobody at first, but soon gains recognition after many see him as a "Shark slayer" when he is shown taking down a shark voiced by
    Not that I am biased to anything Pixar makes (90% of the time, they are masterpieces), but DreamWorks' 'Shark Tale' is in no way as endearing or fun as 'Finding Nemo' (2003), my all time favorite Pixar film.

    Will Smith voices our main hero as he seems to be a nobody at first, but soon gains recognition after many see him as a "Shark slayer" when he is shown taking down a shark voiced by Jack Black. Black's character seems depressed when his father, voiced by Robert De Niro who seems to be doing an impression of Marlon Brando in 'The Godfather' (1972) wants him to basically be tough and basically be like the mafia. Because your kids will understand all of this.

    Other voicing talents include Renee Zelwegger whose character is fascinated by Smith's, but he is distracted by Angelina Jolie's character, and we even have legendary director Martin Scorsese voicing a blowfish named Sykes. Clearly the casting of Scorsese and Robert De Niro was intentional as this movie is nothing but trying to pay homage to 'The Godfather' (1972) and 'Goodfellas' (1990), which obviously EVERY child has watched and loved. (By the way, that was sarcasm...)

    'Finding Nemo' (2003) was a simple story about a concerned father who wants to look for his missing son, every adult and child watching that will understand, and it could bring them closer together. This film relies heavily on mafia/mob movie references that children may not understand. It's too dependent on pop-culture to keep the jokes going. I know 'Aladdin' (1992) is a movie that also relies on pop-culture, but that movie also had songs, and only some likable characters...I'll put it out there, 'Aladdin' (1992) is a movie I liked, but didn't love...'Beauty and the Beast' (1991) is the one that's perfect in my opinion.

    But enough about the 90s Disney films, what I am trying to say is, these "kid's films" don't need constant pop-culture references to keep them entertaining, the colorful animation alone will distract the kids, and maybe the slapstick humor, but this is DreamWorks' attempt to try and create something like 'Finding Nemo' (2003), and instead settled for a watered down (pun intended) sequel to 'The Godfather' films.
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  13. Apr 25, 2015
    5
    Like any studio-financed, machine-pressed animation production, Shark Tale—Dreamworks' feeble response to Pixar's superior Finding Nemo—has several credited directors and writers. But the real, uncredited architects are a bunch of kids in the mall: Every single joke, character detail, music montage, and pop-culture reference looks extensively market-tested, whether via screenings, focusLike any studio-financed, machine-pressed animation production, Shark Tale—Dreamworks' feeble response to Pixar's superior Finding Nemo—has several credited directors and writers. But the real, uncredited architects are a bunch of kids in the mall: 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. With dollar signs in its eyes and nothing in its heart, Shark Tale calculates each moment for the broadest appeal, but its impact couldn't be more impersonal. The filmmakers are convinced people will like it because the spreadsheets and pie charts tell them so, not because they've invested it with originality or passion.

    Round 2 in the war of attrition between Dreamworks and Pixar (the latter also handily won in the first round, which pitted A Bug's Life against Dreamworks' Antz), Shark Tale steals shamelessly from Finding Nemo, but actually has a good idea at its core. Under the sea, sharks are no doubt near the top of the food chain, so it makes sense to cast them as high-living gangsters, muscling the weaker fish around the reef and turning the ocean into a vast seafood buffet. But the movie really belongs to Will Smith, in full Fresh Prince mode (hip-hop for the whole family!) as a fast-talking, blinged-out little gill-flapper with dreams of upward mobility. In a reef designed to look like Times Square, complete with irritating fake/real product logos for Coral-Cola and the Gup, Smith mops sludge at a Whale Wash while eyeing the penthouse. When a dropped anchor pummels a vicious shark henchman, Smith earns instant money and fame for taking credit for the kill, but mob boss Robert De Niro wants his revenge.

    The vocal talents in Shark Tale run deep: A mush-mouthed Jack Black, sounding like an effeminate Arnold Horshack, plays a swishy vegetarian shark; Renée Zellweger plays a doe-eyed Jane who secretly loves Smith; Angelina Jolie plays a fish fatale; and Martin Scorsese plays a double-dealing puffer fish. (Scorsese fanatics who would rather not hear the great director exclaim "Yo! Yo! Yo!" or "Raise the reef!" should stay home.) A few lively early scenes in gangland, particularly the inside jabs between De Niro and Scorsese, suggest that The Godfather could work underwater, though it's a sign of the film's obviousness that the mobsters convene in the Titanic wreckage. Soon enough, Shark Tale gives itself over to Smith, who riffs up his usual storm of non-threatening street language and braggadocio, all while playing a character with an antiheroic desire for banal human crap. Smith feels right at home in an urban seascape cluttered with high-rises, billboards, taxis, and elevators, but the film's aquatic corollary to the real world barely counts as escapism.
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  14. Dec 22, 2015
    5
    Shark Tale was a pop culture influenced film was poorly hilarious, and with a good deal, but soon discovered it is impossible to scare sharks, but all the animation imagination who wants above all else is removed.
  15. Jan 7, 2016
    4
    O Espanta Tubarões é um dos filmes de animação mais medianos que eu já vi. Tem uma boa animação, mas um roteiro bem horrível e uma história chatinha. Não recomendo.
  16. Jan 28, 2016
    4
    Confusing story and there's exactly no point to tell whether who to take the blame for. Go see Finding Nemo again if you have that with you and you'll possibly love that more than this average fish story.
Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    60
    Full of invention, but under the colorful icing is a slightly stale cake.
  2. 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."
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    50
    The film has a hectic, sitcom air and a full-of-himself hero who is as likely to grate as to ingratiate.