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  • Summary: Shrek is feeling over-domesticated in the fourth installment. He has lost his roar. It used to send villagers running away in terror. Now they run to him and ask him to sign their pitchforks and torches. To regain his ogre mojo, he strikes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin. The pact goes awry and Shrek must confront what life would be like in Far Far Away if he had never existed. That translates into Donkey being forced into cart-pulling duty, fat and lazy Puss in Boots trading his sword for a pink bow and the underhanded Rumpelstiltskin ruling the kingdom. (Dreamworks Animation) Collapse
  • Director: Mike Mitchell
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy, Animation, Family
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 93 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Hilarious and heartfelt from start to finish, this is the best Shrek of them all, and that's no fairy tale.
  2. This is - allegedly - the final chapter in the series, and everyone involved appears invigorated.
  3. 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.
  4. Reveals a definite been-there, done-that feeling.
  5. 50
    Forever After still goes down like warmed-over porridge. You don’t have to be Goldilocks to think that this time they’ve cooked their Golden Goose.
  6. 25
    Tired? This series is as exhausted as Shrek after a day of baby wrangling and diaper changing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. Feb 11, 2012
    While not good as Shrek 2, I really enjoyed this Shrek, even more than the first one. I really am glad they got rid of the Arthur character, since he was the weak point of Shrek 3. Expand
  2. Dec 21, 2011
    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 heart and most of the charm and some great 3D and animation. I give this movie 80%. Expand
  3. Aug 24, 2013
    Esta pelicula me gusto, aunque no la haya visto con el humor de sus predecesoras igual me gusto.Lo bueno de la pelicula es su comedia, lo malo de la pelicula es que la comedia es tibia. Expand
  4. Oct 9, 2010
    "In my opinion this latest and hopefully FINAL! chapter it gets boring , and unfunny , its hardly worth anyone's time , the character we all know and love , has well lost its charm , but i love seeing all the characters back , and for that i say Rent It" .. C+ Expand
  5. Jun 30, 2013
    Shrek Forever After is undeniably an improvement over it's predecessor. The movie does a really good job delivering touching moments and generates it's share of laughs. While the premise of this fourth installment initially shows quite some potential, it begins to loose steam along the way and we find ourselves in a web of familiar events and all sorts of cliches and been there done that situations. With such a strong premise, the film could have taken advantage of it's themes such as dealing with the pressure of being a family man or living in the shadow of the person you used to be. Instead, it wastes a great portion of it's time recycling some of the previous jokes and it often feels tiring and exhausted. Of course, the filmmakers compensate with some hilarious moments that could have only been provided by Eddie Murphy's extravagantly hilarious Donkey (who now works as a carriage carrier/singer for Rumpelstiltskin's gang of maleficent witches) and Antonio Bandera's Puss In Boots (who seems to have gain a great amount of weight). Rumpelstiltskin is the true reason to watch this film, and is easily the strongest villain of the series, combining comic relief with anger management issues. A crew of Ogres, and two brief appearances of the Pied Pipper are also well blended with the transformation of the characters we've all come to know, including a manly and warrior Fiona. The only gripe about the movie is that it often transcends from incredibly refreshing to recycled and tiring. The first half of the movie drags a little and it's a bit sluggish, despite offering it's moments of charm. The second half is more balanced when the positive factors I've previously mentioned are featured. In fact, I'll give props to the ending which made me tear up with the final goodbye of the characters we've all come to love and it's easily the touchiest moment of the series. It's a solid entry to the franchise but despite being Far Far Away from the third installment's disappointment is also Far Far Away from being as compelling and story rich-detailed as the first two entries. Expand
  6. Nov 16, 2011
    The new villain, Rumplestilskin, is what really helped make this Shrek better than it could have been. Shrek is tired of his life as a harmless ogre and wants to be like he was before he met his friends, so he makes a deal with Rumplestilskin and his life changes exactly like that, with a lot of dislike for this new life. Beware of a dissappointing ending that makes the Shrek series leave too soon. Other than the ending, I think you'll have reasons to enjoy Shrek Forever After. Expand
  7. May 26, 2012
    A horrible ending to a downhill series of Shrek movies. The film is not funny anymore unlike the previous movies. The whole story just pissed me off. I gave a 1, not a 0, because of its graphics. But still, it's definitely a terribly bad movie.............. Expand

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