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  • Starring: , ,
  • 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
    Just as funny, sweet and engaging as the first film starring the big galoot.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    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
    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 134
  1. ClaudiaP
    Dec 9, 2009
    Just as funny, sweet and engaging as the first film starring the big galoot.
  2. Jan 3, 2013
    This is one of the rare occasions where the sequel to a movie surpasses the original. I found Shrek 2 to be even funnier than the original Shrek (which I also loved). If you liked the first Shrek movie you should also like this one. It is entertaining and follows a similar formula to the first one but is done even better. Expand
  3. Oct 4, 2010
    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! Collapse
  4. JeremyE
    Feb 22, 2009
    ok seriously, what are these critics smoking??? this is sooo much funnier than the first one
  5. May 25, 2012
    This is better than the first Shrek because the story in this one is more interesting, the humor is more funnier (which is a little weird in the first), the graphics are better and the characters' voices are better. The first one is just good, but this sequel is great.... Expand
  6. Jul 5, 2013
    "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. [Anonymous]
    Jan 9, 2006
    A bit funny, but the first one it's that good that leaves Shrek 2 in the dust.

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