• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 28, 2007

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. 80
    Shrek the Halls offers enough zany antics and nicely understated sentiment to justify its existence.
  8. 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.
  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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. LoganT.
    Dec 11, 2007
    It was really funny, especially the break dancing chicken and the stories. My only complaint, it should have been longer.
  2. TessaP.
    Dec 3, 2007
    Awesome, and Puss in Boots is the cutest animated character I've ever seen!
  3. CarolC.
    Dec 7, 2007
    I REALLY enjoyed this one!!! The others are only good for little ones. I'm glad they are repeating it this week!!!