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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)
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: 34 out of 72
  2. Negative: 15 out of 72
  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. LouisH.
    May 23, 2007
    8
    Not as good as the 2nd or 1st ones, but good nonetheless. What I love about all the Shreks, including this one, is how they make the good Not as good as the 2nd or 1st ones, but good nonetheless. What I love about all the Shreks, including this one, is how they make the good fairy tale characters bad, like price charming. Definently the need to see ending of the Shrek sequel (if this one is the ending). Expand
  4. Nik
    May 24, 2007
    5
    I couldn't help but get the feeling that the writers and voice-actors only goal for this film was to get it over with and get paid. But I couldn't help but get the feeling that the writers and voice-actors only goal for this film was to get it over with and get paid. But despite it's lack of effort, it still presents some of the "Shrekness" movie-goers have grown to love. Expand
  5. JugdishC.
    Jun 2, 2007
    5
    Clearly the series has lost it's momentum. There are a few moments that provide genuine laughs, but overall the movie didn't really Clearly the series has lost it's momentum. There are a few moments that provide genuine laughs, but overall the movie didn't really seem to have any new ideas or bring anything new to the table. Basically just a rehash and celebration of things that worked in the first two movies. At least it was relatively short. Expand
  6. JasonE.
    Jun 6, 2007
    4
    This film was made for no other reason than commerce and a guaranteed payday for everyone involved. Considering the content emotional state This film was made for no other reason than commerce and a guaranteed payday for everyone involved. Considering the content emotional state of its protagonists there was little place to take both the story and its passe post-modern ironic jabs at pop and Disney culture. Murphy's voice is only an exploited extension of his hilarious work as the Klump family in 'The Nutty Professor.' Banderas's charm as 'Puss' is negated by monotonous character jokes as well as a poor second-act twist that makes the film increasingly grating. The plot hinges on 'Arthur' and Timberlake imbues him with a whiny, effete personality that is less than winning. He also appears incapable of reciting his dialogue with any double-entendres or meanings as everything sounds like he's reading from a kids book to a five year old audience. The film's saving grace continues to be the wonders that the film's limitless budget can provide to an expressive animated universe. There's no real urgent ambition here, just an opportunity for viewers to reconnect with old "friends." 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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