• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 28, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    It's loud and only marginally coherent, but, for a made-for-TV version of a theatrical blockbuster, it looks utterly polished.
  2. For families seeking a new Christmas special, particularly if they're already fans of "Shrek" on the big screen, Shrek the Halls is a treat.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    As Shrek wishes "A smelly Christmas to all and to all a gross night," you may be appallingly charmed.
  4. 80
    Shrek the Halls may not be an instant holiday classic--nothing can really compete with the Grinch, the Peanuts Christmas special or the various Rankin-Bass offerings--but it’s enjoyable enough and likely to induce at least a few giggles.
  5. 75
    Simple and fun, if not exactly memorable.
  6. This may not be as touching as "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings," or "God bless us every one," and it may resonate much more with the parents than the kids, but for a Christmas special about an ogre who may have overstayed his 15 minutes, it's actually not too bad.
  7. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    ABC's new computer animated Shrek half-hour seems to disqualify itself from the timeless category almost immediately by insisting on being "hip" (which means anti-hip), usually at the expense of feeling real.
  8. 80
    Shrek the Halls offers enough zany antics and nicely understated sentiment to justify its existence.
  9. There’s not a ton of depth to Shrek the Halls but it is fun.
  10. 75
    Shrek the Halls does a very good job of top-to-bottom production.
  11. 40
    While the story line speaks to loneliness and celebrates community belonging, the episode ultimately feels as flat and superficial as a mass-produced holiday greeting card.
  12. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    A holiday special done right. [30 Nov 2007, p.126]
  13. Reviewed by: Jaqueline Cutler
    The Christmas special Shrek the Halls is fabulous.
  14. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Shrek the Halls isn't much more than an extended skit: loud, hectic, unfocused.

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