• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 28, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    50
    Shrek the Halls isn't much more than an extended skit: loud, hectic, unfocused.
  3. 75
    Shrek the Halls does a very good job of top-to-bottom production.
  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. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    91
    A holiday special done right. [30 Nov 2007, p.126]
  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. 75
    Simple and fun, if not exactly memorable.
  8. Reviewed by: Jaqueline Cutler
    90
    The Christmas special Shrek the Halls is fabulous.
  9. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    50
    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.
  10. 80
    Shrek the Halls offers enough zany antics and nicely understated sentiment to justify its existence.
  11. 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.
  12. There’s not a ton of depth to Shrek the Halls but it is fun.
  13. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    As Shrek wishes "A smelly Christmas to all and to all a gross night," you may be appallingly charmed.
  14. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    It's loud and only marginally coherent, but, for a made-for-TV version of a theatrical blockbuster, it looks utterly polished.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 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
    8
    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
    9
    Awesome, and Puss in Boots is the cutest animated character I've ever seen!
  3. CarolC.
    Dec 7, 2007
    10
    I REALLY enjoyed this one!!! The others are only good for little ones. I'm glad they are repeating it this week!!!