Shrek the Third

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 344 Ratings

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  • Summary: The greatest fairy tale never told continues as Shrek must embark on a new quest to find the true king. (DreamWorks)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. 91
    So far in this year's cartoon feature sweepstakes, Shrek the Third rules.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    The world of the fanciful fable looks particularly vibrant this time with its signature blend of realism and fantasy. It is a pleasure to watch these fairy tale folk be themselves -- yet again.
  3. 70
    Brings back the characters you may have loved, as I did, in the earlier movies: My particular faves are Antonio Banderas' poon-hound Puss-in-Boots.
  4. 60
    The plot material isn't as strong as in the first two movies--if anything, it feels a bit desperate--but the anti-Disney joke blunderbuss remains in good working order.
  5. 50
    There's no disguising the fact that Shrek the Third has come down with a bad case of sequelitis. You know the symptoms: Lots of razzle-dazzle to distract from the hole at the center of the story. You know, the place where fresh ideas should be.
  6. This latest iteration of DreamWorks's money machine has its ups and downs, its longueurs along with its felicities, plus an abiding preoccupation with poop.
  7. 25
    Shrek The Third instead goes for less: fewer jokes, less energy, and toned-down characters.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 81
  2. Negative: 15 out of 81
  1. SarahT.
    May 21, 2007
    10
    I don't know what those critics are saying about the movie. There not kids, so how would they know how funny it is. Sometimes I wonder I don't know what those critics are saying about the movie. There not kids, so how would they know how funny it is. Sometimes I wonder if I'm alone with that opinon, but it's true. How would those paid critics know about how good the movie was. Me, I'm twelve and trust me, it was a so-so movie, but still made my friend and my dad laugh. I really don't agree with the critics in red because they're not kids, we are, and you know what?! I loved that movie. Any Shrek movie do for me. I was expecting to laugh more, but I still laughed no matter what those paid people say about a movie. The movie was good and thats all what counts. You just have to trust me. Go watch the movie, then go to the reviews and you'll see how wrong they are about the movie. Go watch it and you won't be sorry. The critics are just embarrassed that it's like Hollywood. Go watch it. Trust me. Expand
  2. Peatthebeat
    Jun 22, 2007
    9
    What is wrong with you people ? The first Shrek was a masterpiece because it set off a new genre and it was different. The second one sucked What is wrong with you people ? The first Shrek was a masterpiece because it set off a new genre and it was different. The second one sucked and is the one that would deserve this kind of press. But the third Shrek was light and fun... the way it should be. Not with a overly long story and a boring déja vu of all that the 2 movies could offer. They couldn't have reinvented the series and people's expectations becomes too high. Some of those jokes are hilarious as hell (is anyone getting those jokes or is it just me?) The -1 of the rating would be for the kid's appeal was a little bit less than the other two. Expand
  3. RebeccaB.
    May 18, 2007
    8
    While the plot may have been simple for the younger members of the audience, the jokes sewed into each moment were hysterical.
  4. MarkK.
    Jan 2, 2009
    5
    Runs out of good jokes after about half an hour, because the writers don't seem to know what to do with their ideas. Shrek has pretty Runs out of good jokes after about half an hour, because the writers don't seem to know what to do with their ideas. Shrek has pretty much become a cliche these days so I wouldn't be too excited about a fourth one. Expand
  5. Nov 27, 2015
    5
    I love Shrek. I think he's a great character, and his film series is excellent and witty. But Shrek the Turd – oops, I mean Third – is anI love Shrek. I think he's a great character, and his film series is excellent and witty. But Shrek the Turd – oops, I mean Third – is an unnecessary sequel that fails to reach the height of the first two. It lacks the wit and comedy that made the first entries comical, and the story feels lazy, and more like a direct to video cash-grab Disney sequel than a Shrek movie. It also had too many characters; too many to keep track of.

    However, it DID have its redeeming qualities, such as the character of Merlin (excellently voiced by Eric Idle).

    In short, this bland threequel should have been better developed, or, better yet, never made.
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  6. Sep 10, 2011
    4
    Je ne suis pas un grand fan de Shrek, mais je dois bien avouer que le second film m'avait plutôt emballé. Ce quiJe ne suis pas un grand fan de Shrek, mais je dois bien avouer que le second film m'avait plutôt emballé. Ce qui est loin d'être le cas de ce troisième... A trop vouloir refaire appel à la plupart des personnages de la saga, le scénario en a été oublié, au point que la surdose de caricatures et de blagues à deux balles font de Shrek le Troisième un film d'animation lourd, sans imagination et rarement drôle. Même les meilleurs personnages (l'à Expand
  7. MarkD.
    May 19, 2007
    0
    Annoying, repetitive in your face humor filled with montages that give you a break from its obnoxious plot and disaster of jumbled scenes Annoying, repetitive in your face humor filled with montages that give you a break from its obnoxious plot and disaster of jumbled scenes Justin Timberlake is annoying and this movie blows. I loved the first two and now they are just isolated masterpieces with no association to this piece of crap. Terrible. Expand

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