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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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The filmmakers betray the essentially childlike appeal of Shrek by piling up all these too-hip Hollywood references aimed at adults. It's not just kids who will feel cheated.

(Peter Rainer, New York Magazine)

There's no innocence left in Shrek 2. The helter-skelter story and throwaway gags emerge from a sensibility that confuses gossipy knowingness and jadedness with wit.

(Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun)

A sequel was called for, and so a sequel has arrived - but it's a slightly zombie-like version, with the size, look and shape of the original movie, but without its lightness or spirit, its soul.

(Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)

The soundtrack deserves mention, mostly because its relatively high quality makes the film itself that much more irritating.

(Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat)

One wishes the same wit and energy had gone into the story. That's Shrek 2 in a nutshell - very pretty to look at, very hard to care for.

(Stephen Hunter, Washington Post)

The first film was garbage, and so is the second... The filmmakers reveal an ignorant superficiality and general contempt of character... Perhaps most tragic is Rupert Everett’s vainglorious Prince Charming, a character of less-than-singular dimension who cruelly exists to not get the girl, thus further enclosing another openly gay actor within a restrictive Hollywood box. Under the guise of tolerance, Shrek’s corporate-minded creators engage in a dangerous form of double-speak, promoting a love-the-sinner/hate-the-sin dichotomy in which two jolly-green ogres are ideal role models of love, while a fey blond prince and transsexual Ugly Stepsister (Larry King) are discomforting, slapstick figures of fun. No less than the butt-ugly, digitally animated version of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Shrek 2 continues its predecessor’s facile race and gender thematics while stubbornly playing to the rabble in the pit.

(Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine)

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