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Shark Tale Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    48

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The story leaves you snoozing with the fishes.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The noisiest laughs in this watery animated comedy are reserved for those who value self-referential winks above all else.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Comes off as an overly jokey but often quite entertaining spoof that should please families everywhere.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Story is everything and Shark's is rather thin and soupy, despite the winning improvisational skills of stars Will Smith and Jack Black.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Represents solid family entertainment, and will find a special place in the hearts of those who adore the "Godfather" movies and the TV series "The Sopranos."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Fast, fresh, funny action comedy set undersea.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Shark Tale is a hip-hop/mob computer-animated film filled with all-star voices (Will Smith and Jack Black, among others) and some bright musical numbers. There's some cartoon violence -- sharks act like they're in the mafia (lots of "Fuhgeddaboutit!"), only they chase and eat fish. A fish and a shark have a pretend fight in front of all the other fish, where they throw and spin each other as though they're in a professional wrestling match. In another scene, a shark dies and there's a parody of a mafia funeral. There are dozens of gags and pop-cultural references, and well-known products are parodied in undersea fashion, such as "Coral Cola." There's nothing too off-color, but there's one fish fart joke. 

  • Families can talk about why fame and fortune are so important to Oscar. Do you think the emphasis on celebrities in the media is affecting kids you know? 
  • Why it is so hard for Oscar to see how Angie feels about him -- and how he feels about her? 
  • Why do people like Lenny have a hard time feeling accepted and loved for who they are? What can friends and family do to support them?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Viewers get a view of life under the sea-- but with all the cultural and product references, it seems to mirror our own urban life. 

  • message true3

    Messages: It's important to be real with your friends rather than be distracted by the superficialities of glamor and fame. 

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Lenny is a shark vegetarian and must learn to be himself no matter what other sharks think about it. Oscar learns to value what he has instead of envying the glamor of luxury and celebrity. 

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: Cartoon sharks act like they're in the mafia, fighting and chasing other fish. A fish and a shark have a pretend fight in front of all the other fish, where they throw and spin each other as though they're in a professional wrestling match. In another scene, a shark dies and there's a parody of a mafia funeral. 

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Brief fish makeout sessions. 

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Various products are parodied, using fishy takeoffs on their familiar logos: Coca-Cola, Gap, Krispy Kreme, Preparation H, Burger King. 

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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