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Film REVIEW: Shrek (2001) ★★★★

Updated: May 25, 2023

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

Writers: Ted Elliott, Terry Russo, Joe Stillman, Roger S.H. Schulman based on Shrek! by William Steig

Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Themes: Cult Film, Epic

A mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back.

Shrek was widely praised by critics for its animation, voice performances, soundtrack, writing and humor, which critics noted simultaneously catered to both adults and children.

The film's success helped establish DreamWorks Animation as a prime competitor to Pixar in feature film computer animation. Three sequels were released—Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), and Shrek Forever After (2010)—along with a spin-off film and other productions within the Shrek franchise.



Daniel (Age 12) - ★★★★★

"Shrek is an amazing film for all ages.

My favourite characters are Shrek and Donkey.

My reasons for liking it are: the great story, the great characters and the great adventures.

This was one of my favourite films when I was a kid and still is now."

Stewart - ★★★★★

"20 odd years on and it's still standing up really well, great characters and voice actors, plenty of jokes and references and a fun storyline. Music, the message, everything is great."

Mix Up Rating - ★★★★

Mix Up Theatre Top Rated Movies - #337

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Like this? Try these!....

  1. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022) - #1 - ★★★★★

  2. Sing 2 (2021) - #50- ★★★★★

  3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) - #153 - ★★★★

  4. Mulan (1998) - #155 - ★★★★

  5. Shrek 2 (2004) - #177 - ★★★★

  6. Shrek Forever After (2010) - #220 - ★★★★

  7. Frozen (2013) - #223 - ★★★★

  8. Shrek the Third (2007) - #419 - ★★★★

  9. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) - #474 - ★★★★

  10. Tangled (2010) - #520 - ★★★

Eddie Murphy plays a wise-cracking comedy sidekick Donkey who falls in love with a dragon but before that he played a wise-cracking comedy sidekick dragon in Mulan. There's an even more dangerous dragon to deal with in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

There's plenty more Shrek and co in the Shrek series including the recent Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. Meanwhile for more Princess Fiona style twists on the fairy tale princess check out Frozen and Tangled.

The writers of Shrek also contributed to the Pirates of the Caribbean series which has a similar adventure comedy vibe.

Meanwhile check out the highly rated Sing 2 for more talking animals.

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