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Shrek 2

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  Shrek 2 Review
Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
7.11 /10
Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy
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Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon
Written by: J. David Stern, Joe Stillman and David N. Weiss

Released: 2004
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 100

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Just as funny, sweet and engaging as the first film starring the big galoot.

(Claudia Puig, USA Today)

Sure, the animation work is great, but it's the actors and their subtle, complex vocal performances that make us care about these fairy-tale characters. Shrek 2 is all about fantasy, but its characters are rousingly, affectingly real - not to mention real, real funny.

(Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post)

Like the first movie this is unassailable family entertainment, with a gentle fairy tale for kids and a raft of mildly satirical pop-culture references for parents.

(J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader)

One of the funniest movies I've seen in years. But I'm far from sure that it's a kids' movie anymore, even though, like its predecessor, it's a thoroughly sugared-up reading of the book, by veteran New Yorker cartoonist William Steig, on which both films are based.

(Ella Taylor, LA Weekly)

I wasn't prepared for the slap-happy brilliance of Shrek 2, which should ideally be seen twice - once with kids, once savored at something like a midnight show.

(David Edelstein, Slate)

Lightning strikes twice, but not as brilliantly as before, in Shrek 2. The welcome sequel to the monster 2001 Oscar winner about an ogre's unlikely romance with a beautiful princess successfully recycles many of the qualities that made the first one an instant animated classic and worldwide smash.

(Todd McCarthy, Variety)

There's an old-Hollywood feel to the movie's solid showmanship and unabashed sophistication. These days it's feature-length 'toons, sporting the newest-fangled technology, that take kids and adults alike back to the movies' good old days.

(Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal)

It has the charm, irony and saucy wit of the original, plus two supporting characters - a suave, egocentric feline and a cheerfully conniving fairy godmother - who are funnier than anyone in Shrek.

(Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer)

The Shrek franchise is alive and well - Model 2 is zippier, sleeker, with ever-improving graphics, vast commercial potential and the same sly ability to reach out and hook the whole family.

(Rick Groen, Toronto Globe and Mail)

Shrek 2 delivers more fun than there is slime in a green ogre's swamp. Much of that is thanks to Antonio ≠Banderas, who runs away with Shrek 2 on little cat feet.

(Jami Bernard, New York Daily News)

So gorgeously animated and so thoroughly entertaining for all ages that only an ogre would complain it's not quite as fresh as the original.

(Lou Lumenick, New York Post)

Shrek 2 is a dream, a sequel as exhilarating and riotously funny as 2001's top-grossing original.

(Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Shrek 2 may be computer-generated, but its innate heart and glorious sense of mischief make it one of the best and most humane movies of the summer.

(Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)

This Shrek is both funnier and warmer than its predecessor; it's better-looking, too, no longer as clunky and junky as video-game graphics.

(Robert Wilonsky, Dallas Observer)

The real humor comes, once again from Murphy, whose Donkey is so genuinely funny and clever that he very nearly steals the film. Except that it's stolen by Banderas as a rogue Puss In Boots.

(Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Reunites one of the best voice casts ever for an animated film to create a shrewd entertainment that again successfully aims its jokes at various age groups.

(Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter)

Its cleverness and its good heart enable it to overcome a slow start, which is how all good fairy tales end.

(Kenneth Turan, LA Times)

The picture is clever and vivacious - at times, like the first Shrek, it seems a bit taken with its own precociousness. But its moments of sheer inventiveness can still catch you off-guard, and some of them are wittily poetic.

(Stephanie Zacharek,

This wonderfully animated movie is a little more softly pitched than its predecessor, but it still has plenty of rollicking spin on the ball.

(Richard Shickel, Time)

What works best in Shrek 2 are the smaller roles, the pile-driving pop-culture jokes, and the moments of weird, early-Mad-magazine comic invention.

(Ty Burr, Boston Globe)

The humor is so satisfying in its moment-to-moment pleasures that it's almost unsportsmanlike to criticize the bigger picture.

(Peter Debruge, Premiere)

With its appealing blend of animated comedy, romance, and adventure, Shrek 2 follows the formula of its predecessor while maintaining enough originality not to come across as a direct copy.

(James Berardinelli, Reelviews)

Everythingís at such a high standard that itís easy to get blase about Shrek and itís only when the memory of Brother Bear hits you with a dull squelch that you appreciate how great it is.

(Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)

The fairy tale for our multi-cultural, pluralistic times. Its credo can be summed up as: whether youíre black or green, ogre or geek, people will love you for who you are inside - and isnít that the most fantastic fairy tale of all?

(Cosmo Landesman, Sunday Times)

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