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Shrek 2 (2004)



Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 217
Fresh: 193 | Rotten: 24

It may not be as fresh as the original, but topical humor and colorful secondary characters make Shrek 2 a winner in its own right.


Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 5

It may not be as fresh as the original, but topical humor and colorful secondary characters make Shrek 2 a winner in its own right.



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After battling a fire-breathing dragon and the evil Lord Farquaad to win the hand of Princess Fiona, Shrek now faces his greatest challenge: the in-laws. Shrek and Princess Fiona return from their honeymoon to find an invitation to visit Fiona's parents, the King and Queen of the Kingdom of Far, Far Away. With Donkey along for the ride, the newlyweds set off. All of the citizens of Far, Far Away turn out to greet their returning Princess, and her parents happily anticipate the homecoming of

Nov 2, 2004


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All Critics (217) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (193) | Rotten (24) | DVD (28)

The movie is obvious, but consistently entertaining and animated in DreamWorks's "realistic" digitized style.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Can an ogre live happily ever after? Can fairy tale characters be content with their fairy tale lives? Can an Oscar-winning animated success generate a successful sequel? To all these questions, Shrek 2 is happy to answer yes, yes and yes.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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This second edition of DreamWorks's Oscar-winning ogre opus may not match the original for, well, originality, but it honors the prime injunction governing sequels: To thine own characters be true.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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A rare example of a sequel that's better than the original.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press
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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.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The animation's slick in a cautious, cute, conventional kind of way, and some scenes are really very funny.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Shrek 2 does not feel like a sequel. It's very funny, very fresh, and leaves one anxious for the next installment.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

If fall movies were this consistently clever, there would never be reason to hesitate before plunking down hard-earned bucks at the multiplex.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

There's plenty of subtle satire and double entendres for young and old alike to savour.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

A minor improvement on the original, and so a major triumph. Donkey bags the heartiest laughs, but Puss-In-Boots adds plenty of cream on top.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Shrek was no ordinary animated film, and Shrek 2 is, rarer still, proving every bit as cute, clever and funny as the original.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

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

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Just as much fairytale fun as the first one.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A pointless sequel with barely any humor, a drab plot, and a concept that is so derivative, it really angered me.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (5)
Cinema Crazed

Engaging and awe-inspiring animation once again elevates Shrek's world to fantastic heights, and the laughs are just as freewheeling as we have come to expect.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Much of it is good, but other moments feel uninspired, as if Sleeping Beauty had a hand in writing the script.

August 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

One couldn't ask for a better sequel than Shrek 2.

May 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Shrek 2 is the rare sequel that can compete with the original.

June 26, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Perhaps this sequel no longer has the shock of the new, but the animation is stupendous, with breathtaking effects of light and detail, the gags come thick and fast and the musical numbers are uproarious.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Delivers neither less, nor more, than its wildly popular predecessor.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Audience Reviews for Shrek 2

Rarely a CGI-based sequel ever is seen. But Shrek 2 delivers in more ways than one. Fantastic layout and raunchy story with a blend of colorful cast-mates, Shrek 2 goes above and beyond the realm of CGI-films. 4.5/5
July 27, 2012
Eugene Bernabe

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As good as the first
March 19, 2012

Super Reviewer

The Original Shrek was brilliant. It looked amazing, had a great storyline, and amazing dialogue and was loved by both kids and adults alike. Shrek 2 really was not a grand sequel and paved the way for the even further stagnation provided by Shrek 3 and 4.
October 25, 2011
Colin Montgomery

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A sequel to 2001's hit family comedy, SHREK 2 twists the fairy tale re-imagination to a whole entirely new level. In this one, we see Shrek and Fiona becoming a married couple (and all the ridicule involved to get to that point, including meeting the fierce Puss in Boots, who is voiced by Antonio Banderas). Even though it is, overall, a somewhat pointless sequel, it's just as entertaining as the original movie and it only lacks a little power in comparison.
September 12, 2011

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    1. Shrek: Oh yes, I live in a 'enchanted' forest with cute little animals.
    2. Donkey: You mean the swamp!
    – Submitted by Matthew R (16 months ago)
    1. receptionist: Enough, Reggie!
    – Submitted by Matthew R (16 months ago)
    1. Donkey: Uh why dont you guys go ahead and I'll park the car.
    – Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)
    1. Gingerbread Man/Cedric/Announcer/Muffin Man/ Mongo: Are we there yet?
    – Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)
    1. Donkey: I'm a stallion baby.
    – Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)
    1. King Harold: He's ogre.
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
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