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Shrek 2

 (PG)
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  Shrek 2 Review
Tookey's Rating
9 /10
 
Average Rating
7.11 /10
 
Starring
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
   
Genre: MONSTER
ANIMATION
FANTASY
SEQUEL
FAMILY
COMEDY
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 100
 
 


 
MIXED Reviews

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Bright, lively and entertaining, but it's no Shrek. Maybe it's too much to expect lightning to strike twice.

(Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)

Shrek is something of a poignant hero here and not terribly ogre-like; Myers obviously wasn't being paid per giggle generated. Diaz's Fiona feels increasingly fleshed out, while the ‘annoying talking animals’ provide most of the laughs.

(Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune)

Some of the buckshot hits its target: Shrek's second sidekick, assassin-turned-comrade Puss in Boots, is voiced by Antonio Banderas as an outrageously mock-dramatic Spaniard with most of the pig-pile screenplay's best toss-offs.

(Michael Atkinson, Village Voice)

At its best, this Shrek sequel draws up a brilliant new blueprint for all-ages animation, blending fairy-tale whimsy with edgy social satire. Too bad it ends with worn-out homilies far less imaginative than the story as a whole.

(David Sterrit, Christian Science Monitor)

Certainly Shrek 2 offers rambunctious fun, but there is also something dishonest about its blending of mockery and sentimentality. It lacks both the courage to be truly ugly and the heart to be genuinely beautiful.

(A.O. Scott, New York Times)

The lovable characters remain, but they never do much of interest in a sequel that's safely above average but superfluous.

(Keith Phipps, The Onion)

Forgettable fun, but fun nonetheless.

(Trevor Johnston, Time Out)


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