Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 100
    This is not your average family cartoon. Shrek is jolly and wicked, filled with sly in-jokes and yet somehow possessing a heart.
  2. An adorable, infectious work of true sophistication.
  3. 100
    An unqualified triumph.
  4. The humor of the script constantly confounds expectations, and yet Shrek still manages to say all the right things to children.
  5. 100
    A riotous and wee bit PG-racy computer-animated family fable, is the most thoroughly enjoyable cartoon feature since "Toy Story" burst out of its box.
  6. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    100
    What sells Shrek is ultimately the full-bodied personality of its characters.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    100
    Hilarious and captivating.
  8. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    100
    This spirited and often very funny lark accomplishes something that most films in the bygone Hollywood studio era used to do but is remarkably rare in today's world of niche markets: It offers entertainment equally to viewers from 4 to 104.
  9. 100
    It's wondrous, it's fabulous, it's -- all but unprecedented.
  10. 100
    A movie that appeals to the eye, mind, heart and funny bone; that's a pretty good quadruple for any movie.
  11. Lives happily ever after because it's such a feisty but good natured embrace of the inner ogre in everyone.
  12. 91
    Funny, irreverent and moving, the unconventional Shrek may mock fairy tales, but in the process, creates its own.
  13. The script, instead of being what we tolerate in order to savor the visuals, is a delight all by itself.
  14. 90
    A world-class charmer that could even seduce the Academy when it hands out the first official animation Oscar next year.
  15. This fractured fairy tale not only knows there's no substitute for clever writing, it also has the confidence to take that information straight to the bank.
  16. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    It is the hilarious business of Shrek, a delightful new animated feature based on the William Steig book, to subvert all the well-worn expectations of its genre.
  17. This beguiling fable, with its darkly distinctive look, does DreamWorks proud.
  18. 90
    A movie whose story may be even more innovative than the superreal solidity of the animated characters.
  19. 88
    A computer-animated burlesque fairy tale that generates more belly laughs than any live-action comedy since "Best in Show."
  20. It's possible to groan, chuckle, wince and be moist-eyed, sometimes in a span of seven or eight minutes.
  21. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    80
    Colossally entertaining.
  22. 80
    Shrek's first 20 minutes are so devilishly funny that letting go of pure belief doesn't seem like such a bad thing.
  23. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    80
    The textures are detailed, the movements are realistic and the three-dimensional feel even improves on the humor -- you may think you've seen every good "Matrix" parody, but you haven't until you see this.
  24. 80
    A giggly cocktail, though it's more foam than drink.
  25. 78
    Charmingly subversive animation like this is a rare thing indeed, and the fact that you don't have to be under 10 years of age to thoroughly enjoy Mr. Shrek's wild ride is an added bonus.
  26. The visuals are amazingly realistic, filling the screen with authentic effects.
  27. 75
    The first of this summer's would-be blockbusters that deserves to be a hit.
  28. As innocent as a Disney movie -- and a lot more entertaining.
  29. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Suggests a summit meeting between ''The Princess Bride'' and ''Bridget Jones's Diary,'' it has a decided charm of its own.
  30. While Shrek may trek into that dark territory and has some questionable values simmering beneath the surface, its characters are delightful enough and the film is just sweet-natured and visually sophiscated enough to avoid sinking into the swamp.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 337 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 101
  2. Negative: 5 out of 101
  1. Sep 28, 2011
    8
    "Shrek" is the best, and the last, masterpiece that Dreamworks animation created. It has a powerful force that appeals greatly to the audience, a power comparable to those of Pixar's. Full Review »
  2. Dec 21, 2011
    9
    Shrek is charming, original, beautiful and one of the funniest films I have seen on my life. And not only is it good it is great because it has so much heart. I give this movie 92%. Full Review »
  3. Jul 21, 2012
    10
    Heart -warming, endearing and charming. A perennial classic, that has produced 3 equally good sequels. Deriving from a vast number of fairy tales, Shrek is an animation for the whole family, with its wit and satire that is both spellbinding and humorous. The characters have inimitable personalities, to their fairytale counterparts. Donkey played by Eddie Murphy is easily defined as the break out character, with his vivacious and gregarious attitude and his memorable lines. The only Dreamworks' movie superior to Pixar 10/10 Full Review »