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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 andShrek 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) Expand
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  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  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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  1. Positive: 32 out of 47
  2. Negative: 4 out of 47
  1. May 19, 2015
    10
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  2. Oct 11, 2010
    9
    Shrek 4 was awesome! Definitely one of the most satisfying movies of the summer so far. Enjoyed it from beginning to end. And if it is theShrek 4 was awesome! Definitely one of the most satisfying movies of the summer so far. Enjoyed it from beginning to end. And if it is the last Shrek movie, it serves the series proud. I'd proudly own Shrek and Shrek 4. Expand
  3. Oct 4, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. E se encerra a franquia Shrek,que deixa saudades. Termina muito bem,com um bom desfecho,mas não tem tanto gás,e isso atrapalha um pouquinho. Shrek aprende a lição de sempre amar as pessoas ao seu redor,e assim termina dignamente. Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2013
    6
    Shrek Forever After is undeniably an improvement over it's predecessor. The movie does a really good job delivering touching moments andShrek 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
  5. May 31, 2011
    6
    yeah it wasn't horrible. it was a good way to say goodbye. it was entertaining to me. but its not shrek. or shrek 2. so yeah 6 outyeah it wasn't horrible. it was a good way to say goodbye. it was entertaining to me. but its not shrek. or shrek 2. so yeah 6 out of 10 its a solid movie. its watchable. Expand
  6. Mar 11, 2015
    5
    It all felt like filler. It's like someone wrote a fanfic epilogue and Dreamworks decided to animate it. The gags weren't nearly as inventiveIt all felt like filler. It's like someone wrote a fanfic epilogue and Dreamworks decided to animate it. The gags weren't nearly as inventive as the first 3 and Shrek without fresh humor is well, hollow.

    However, I really enjoyed the idea of Shrek coming to terms with uneventful fatherhood and settling down. I guess the franchise could've ended worse.
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  7. May 26, 2012
    0
    A horrible ending to a downhill series of Shrek movies. The film is not funny anymore unlike the previous movies. The whole story just pissedA 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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