Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
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  1. Hilarious and heartfelt from start to finish, this is the best Shrek of them all, and that's no fairy tale.
  2. 83
    This movie is a last chance to save the series, which it does.
  3. It has a sweetness all its own.
  4. This is - allegedly - the final chapter in the series, and everyone involved appears invigorated.
  5. 80
    More redux than sequel, the final Shrek is more parent- (and specifically dad-) oriented than ever; it may also produce the first twinge of nostalgia in the kids who thrilled to the original at a formative age.
  6. Reviewed by: James White
    80
    DreamWorks could be entering a period of fresh creativity. With How To Train Your Dragon and a balanced, darker-hued and very funny Shrek finale, they’ve found the magic again.
  7. 75
    Although Shrek Forever After is not as funny or as impudent is its great-grandparent, some of its comedic jabs land solid blows to the funny bone.
  8. 75
    For this last chapter, the filmmakers play things relatively straight, resulting in the best Shrek movie to date.
  9. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    75
    The visual jokes -- one standout is an army of ogres condemned by the Pied Piper to perpetual line-dancing -- are pretty irresistible.
  10. Believe it or not, there's life in the old boy yet. After a disappointing third outing, this "Shrek" brings the cycle of fairy-tale-themed films to a fine finish.
  11. Letting Shrek get grumpy again has freshly animated this cartoon series.
  12. Whatever else gets tossed into the mix, Shrek must be the heart and soul. In this, Myers is a master; he makes it seem easy being green.
  13. What fortifies Shrek Forever After are its brilliantly realized principal characters, who nearly a decade after the first “Shrek” film remain as vital and engaging fusions of image, personality and voice as any characters in the history of animation.
  14. After an uninspired middle period, the "Shrek" series has, like the revitalized character himself, roared back to form.
  15. Everyone involved fulfills his or her job requirements adequately. But the magic is gone, and Shrek Forever After is no longer an ogre phenomenon to reckon with. Instead, it's a "Hot Swamp Time Machine."
  16. Shrek 4 is at its best when it's sadistically doing these character remixes; you can feel the filmmakers' glee at getting to shrug off story continuity and make a mess.
  17. It's no classic, but Shrek Forever After is a pleasant reminder that every time a cash register rings, this ogre turns angelic.
  18. 63
    It's a fun ride. What's missing is the excitement of a new interpretation.
  19. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Donkey continues to be lovable, and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) has one of the funnier character arcs.
  20. Worse, Shrek Forever After feels like just another animated movie -- which is exactly what the series was fighting against when it started, and a big reason why it caught on with audiences.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 224 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 48
  2. Negative: 4 out of 48
  1. Sep 28, 2011
    4
    "Shrek Forever After" has permanently changed a funny, pure franchise into a greedy one craving for money. Nice work, Dreamworks...
  2. Dec 21, 2011
    8
    It wasn't as good of a finale as I hoped from Shrek, but it definitely showed us again why we loved Shrek so much by bringing back the heartIt wasn't as good of a finale as I hoped from Shrek, but it definitely showed us again why we loved Shrek so much by bringing back the heart and most of the charm and some great 3D and animation. I give this movie 80%. Full Review »
  3. Oct 10, 2011
    2
    If your clever enough to make sequels of a film youll now that repeating the same storyline of a film will drastically change the critic andIf your clever enough to make sequels of a film youll now that repeating the same storyline of a film will drastically change the critic and users reviews but not that case with this film it was way overrated. what really pissed me off was that this film was so bad not just because the story line repeated itself but because it itself was not prepared long enough and not thought through enough i wasted my money and was fuming with rage when i left the cinema plesase do not watch Full Review »