(2004)

Critic Reviews

75

Metascore

Based on 40 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Just as funny, sweet and engaging as the first film starring the big galoot.
91
Entertainment Weekly
Has a rowdy, jumpin'-jive vivacity. It's not quite as emotionally rounded as ''Shrek'' was... but it's got heart and delirium in equal doses, as well as a firecracker rhythm all its own.
90
Wall Street Journal
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.
88
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.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
Shrek 2 is a dream, a sequel as exhilarating and riotously funny as 2001's top-grossing original.
88
New York Daily News
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.
88
New York Post
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.
88
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
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.
88
Charlotte Observer
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."
80
Its cleverness and its good heart enable it to overcome a slow start, which is how all good fairy tales end.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
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.

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