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Shrek 2 Review

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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Just as funny, sweet and engaging as the first film starring the big galoot.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    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.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Just as much fairytale fun as the first one.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some crude potty humor and some moments of mild peril and tension. The king hires a hit man to get rid of Shrek -- luckily it's a small cat. Shrek and friends steal potions from the scheming fairy godmother. The only casualties are an enchanted character and a couple of fish.

  • Families can talk about struggles to get along. Why does the king really disapprove of Shrek? How are he and Shrek the same? Why does Shrek try so hard to change for his new family? Fiona's childhood room has images of handsome princes and princess all over it. Why does this intimidate Shrek? For the girls: do you have tiaras and princess toys in your room? What do you think of Fiona's decision to marry someone like Shrek instead of someone from her childhood dreams? Why do you think she'll be happier with Shrek than with Prince Charming?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Shrek learns to accept himself. But movie also includes some crude potty humor.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence and scariness: Comic violence, no one hurt except a giant gingerbread man.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Plenty of innuendo, especially when Donkey and Shrek take the potions and become "sexy." Some ogre kissing, and mermaid kissing. Pinocchio can't lie that he's wearing ladies' underwear.

  • language false0

    Language: Some mild naughty words: "ass," "oh my God," etc.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Plenty of fake commercialism in the commercial district of Far Far Away: retail shops, a version of Starbucks, and fast food.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Brief drug joke -- but the drug is really catnip.