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  • Summary: Oscar is a fast-talking little fish whose big dreams have a habit of landing him in hot water. Lenny is a great white shark with a sensitive side and a secret -- he's a vegetarian. When a great white lie turns Oscar into an improbable hero and the truth about Lenny makes him an outcast, theOscar is a fast-talking little fish whose big dreams have a habit of landing him in hot water. Lenny is a great white shark with a sensitive side and a secret -- he's a vegetarian. When a great white lie turns Oscar into an improbable hero and the truth about Lenny makes him an outcast, the two become the most unlikely of friends. (DreamWorks) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
  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. Not wildly imaginative, and it has a tepid mix of movie references. But the physical environment and characters make it irresistible.
  3. Shark Tale is "Finding Nemo" with bigger-name stars, far less heart and, the guess here is, about one-third the staying power.
  4. 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.
  5. Reasonably good fun, even if, in the end, it's not really very interesting.
  6. 40
    Falls prey to the lazy assumption that a parade of whiz-bang CGI will cover for the absence of a muscular story.
  7. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    20
    Joyless, soulless.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 52
  2. Negative: 27 out of 52
  1. Mar 12, 2015
    10
    Honestly one of the best movies ever.
    Up there with Lion King, Shrek 2, Citizen Kane, Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    Great lineup,
    Honestly one of the best movies ever.
    Up there with Lion King, Shrek 2, Citizen Kane, Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    Great lineup, funny as hell, great animation, and an awesome soundtrack.
    Don't miss it.

    [Review written October 10, 2004]
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  2. Sep 3, 2012
    7
    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. Expand
  3. 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'tFor 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.) Expand
  4. Mar 26, 2012
    3
    The animation is mediocre, the characters are unmemorable and not very likable, and the story is totally uninspired. The movie uses adultThe animation is mediocre, the characters are unmemorable and not very likable, and the story is totally uninspired. The movie uses adult humor to appeal to parents and teenagers with little regard to its main demographic: children, and ultimately the jokes are unfunny and tasteless. And in the end, the main character learns NOTHING. He lies, he cheats, he takes advantage of his friends, and he steps on everyone else's heads in order to make his way to the top, and yet his friends still come to his aid. And does he properly apologize for treating everyone he knows like a bunch of chum buckets, or does he at least thank his friends for standing by him even though he was a total jerk? Nope. In the end, the moral of the story is: It's okay to step on heads and lie and cheat your way to the top, as long as you get away with it. That's a great message, no? No! The best thing about this movie is its voice acting, which is pretty easy on the ears but is only decent at best. This movie gets a 3/10 from me. If you want to see a good animated movie that takes place under the sea, don't waste your time with Shark Tale... go find Nemo. Expand
  5. Jul 4, 2013
    3
    It may try to reach to "Finding Nemo", but in no ways does it do. "Shark Tale" puts too many pop culture references into its storytelling thatIt may try to reach to "Finding Nemo", but in no ways does it do. "Shark Tale" puts too many pop culture references into its storytelling that its hardly a laugh. While Pixar has inventiveness and intellect, this Dreamwork's film is nothing in the end. Just maybe a few laughs. Expand
  6. Todd
    Jul 8, 2007
    2
    It isn't Pixar. It is Dreamworks. Pixar couldn't produce such crap even if they tried.
  7. [Anonymous]
    May 23, 2008
    0
    I'm not even gonna sugar-coat it. This has gotta be one of the worst movies I've seen in the last eight years. I hate this movie. I'm not even gonna sugar-coat it. This has gotta be one of the worst movies I've seen in the last eight years. I hate this movie. Now I never wanna here the song Carwash ever again. This is the most retarded film since Barney's First Movie, and that was just terrible. This is the first time I've ever had a problem with Will Smith or Angelina Jolie. And why would such a big-name actor/director/writer like Martin Scorsese sign on to such a souless, terrible piece of crap? This movie's script make Eragon seem like Shakespeare. The story was as thin as a slice of pizza. Stupid jokes that make no sense and had no reason to be heard. I was wonder what I would give it. 1? 2? But I had to focus on the ending, and that sucked just as much as the rest of the film. If anyone recommends this to you and you see it, I wouldn't speak to them in a long time. Expand

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