Shrek (Mike Myers) and friends set out to find Fiona's slacker cousin, Artie (Justin Timberlake), and bring him back to rule the land of Far, Far Away.
" A parallel world of wonders, zestfully conceived and radiantly rendered, in which the great-hearted ogre tries his likeable best to avoid the parallel threats of kingship and parenthood. "
" An amusing -- if not consistently brilliant -- edition of a series that has yet to show signs that it needs to call it quits. "
" Computer-generated animated movies with wall-to-wall jokes can be excruciating, but these jokes are the funniest money can buy. "
" Disposable, clever and never willing to pass up a chance to show how hip it can be, Shrek the Third should make kids titter, adolescents snicker and cash registers ring. "
" One measure of comedy's pleasure might be how often you recount the best bits after leaving the theater. Shrek is loaded with the sort of set pieces, both hysterical and satisfyingly amusing, you'll irk friends with. "
" The movie's tidy running time is crammed with so many yuks that I'd have to watch two or three times to catch them all. And I wouldn't mind. "
" The plot material isn't as strong as in the first two movies -- if anything, it feels a bit desperate -- but the anti-Disney joke blunderbuss remains in good working order. "
" The world of the fanciful fable looks particularly vibrant this time with its signature blend of realism and fantasy. It is a pleasure to watch these fairy tale folk be themselves -- yet again. "
" What the characters and satirical situations may lack this time out in a certain fresh vitality, they more than compensate for with a warm, laid-back familiarity ... and the occasional, out-of-left-fjord surprise. "
" A shame it lacks the smart sassiness of its predecessors. Time to call time, we think. "
" Apart from some modestly amusing princess shtick and a pleasantly slapsticky opening, there's no real reason for anyone over the age of 11 to see this one. "
" Don't arrive late, children, because what little energy exists gets expended early on. "
" Feels sluggish and tired; its relentless, not-so-great gags hit with the soft thud of stone-hard bread crumbs. "
" Kids craving a safe summer-film sugar rush won't care much, though adult fans are bound to wish upon a star for something besides another animated feature running on autopilot. "
" Shrek may have been first, but revisionist fairy tales have become more common than the real thing, and this sequel should have done more to differentiate itself. "
" The film's humor is all in the business and nowhere in the lame story's two subplots, neither of which is strong enough to sustain a real movie. "
" The series is showing signs of aging, from the predictably jokey store signs (Versarchery, Abercrombie and Witch) to the classic-rock instrumentals playing under the fight scenes. "
" This is a very skillfully made corporate product, but I wonder who, exactly, will be fully satisfied. "
" This is the most visually impressive Shrek yet. It's also the least inspired. "
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