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Universal acclaim- based on 297 Ratings

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  • Summary: The fairy tale continues as everyone's favorite ogre faces his greatest challenge of all -- the inlaws! (DreamWorks)
  • Director: Andrew Adamson
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy, Animation, Family
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 93 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    100
    Just as funny, sweet and engaging as the first film starring the big galoot.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    I wasn't prepared for the slap-happy brilliance of Shrek 2, which should ideally be seen twice--once with kids, once savored at something like a midnight show.
  3. Shrek 2 delivers more fun than there is slime in a green ogre's swamp. Much of that is thanks to Antonio ­Banderas, who runs away with Shrek 2 on little cat feet.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    This wonderfully animated movie is a little more softly pitched than its predecessor, but it still has plenty of rollicking spin on the ball.
  5. 75
    With its appealing blend of animated comedy, romance, and adventure, Shrek 2 follows the formula of its predecessor while maintaining enough originality not to come across as a direct copy.
  6. Certainly Shrek 2 offers rambunctious fun, but there is also something dishonest about its blending of mockery and sentimentality. It lacks both the courage to be truly ugly and the heart to be genuinely beautiful.
  7. One wishes the same wit and energy had gone into the story. That's Shrek 2 in a nutshell -- very pretty to look at, very hard to care for.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 132
  1. Feb 11, 2012
    10
    THIS ONE RIGHT HERE IS GREAT I LOVED THIS MOVIE AS WELL. GREAT PLOT AND LINES. THE action scenes are good. 10 out of 10 my favorite shrek movie. I like it ! Expand
  2. Nov 26, 2013
    10
    dis movi is relly good cuz it is Shrek 2 and Shrek is the best cuz Shrek is the best shrek is love shrek is life i hate and are all dead to me is a noun in the English language. The word originated as a neutral term referring to black people, as a variation of the Spanish/Portuguese noun negro, a descendant of the Latin adjective niger.Often used slightingly, by the mid 20th century, particularly in the United States, it suggested that its target is extremely unsophisticated. Its usage had become unambiguously pejorative, a common ethnic slur usually directed at blacks of Sub-Saharan African descent. Expand
  3. Oct 4, 2010
    10
    While I liked the first Shrek movie, I thought the movie was really overrated. This movie however, is the only Shrek movie I believe deserves a 10. Funnier jokes, Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots, I actually love this movie! Expand
  4. Dec 17, 2013
    9
    This movie more or less fixes everything that was wrong with the first movie and makes what worked even better. This is how a sequel should be.

    As before, fantastic performances by all the cast, including the newcomers. Story this time round feels fresh and finally gives the Shrek universe a sense of its own identity.

    Overall:
    There is nothing I can fault with this installment. Shrek 2 is by far the best of the series and have set a really high standard that Dreamworks has rarely ever reached again.
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  5. Nov 12, 2013
    8
    There's not many more words I can describe the film as being a simply well-meaning, satirical comedy with CGI as a twist to the whole story. The voices still add to the hilarity, and the dialogue is written neat enough for their to be some clever jokes. Expand
  6. Jul 5, 2013
    8
    "Shrek 2" is just a hilarious comedy hit, and while it feels somewhat similar to its original, new characters do shine Puss in Boots as an example. It's formula to appeal to adults and children at the same time works, and while it may feel a tad too familiar to the first; it can still appeal to all ages. Expand
  7. Mar 3, 2014
    6
    Another stale installment of the Shrek series with its plethora of fart jokes and bad Scottish accents. Nothing new. This series could've saved itself, at least a little bit,by not being a series at all and stopping at the first one. Expand

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