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At Theaters: 5/18/2001 On Video: 11/2/2001
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 29 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 299910
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
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Once upon a time in a far away swamp, there lived an ornery ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy-tale characters. There are blind mice in his food, a big, bad wolf in his bed, three little homeless pigs and more, all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad.
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Animated - What a GREAT family film! Very entertaining and funny for ALL AGES. Like "Toy Story," it can be enjoyed by everyone. It was certainly enjoyed by the screening audience I saw it with. They clapped and cheered at the end. DON'T MISS SHREK!!!
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Cast and Crew Heading
Mike Myers as Shrek
Eddie Murphy as Donkey
Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona
John Lithgow as Lord Farquaad
Director: Andrew Adamson Directorial Debut
Director: Vicky Jenson Directorial Debut
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About The Production
Cast of Characters
Fairy Tale Magic
A Storybook World
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PROFANITY: A few very mild profanities and innuendoes.
SEX/NUDITY: Some mild sexual jokes that adults will "get."
VIOLENCE: Just your normal cartoon violence. Nothing graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: The King is shown drinking a martini.
ACTION: Several nice action scenes, but it's not an action movie.
COMEDY: Very Funny! The humor is almost constant throughout.
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Excellent

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
EXCELLENT "Shrek is easily one of the year's most magical experiences. With its blend of high adventure, light romance, and double-layered dialogue (which will take on a slightly different meaning for the under- and over-12 crowd), Shrek is capable of enthralling both children and their parents. In fact, this movie is so good that adults unaccompanied by offspring can venture into a theater without having to dress up in a disguise."

Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times  Full Review
EXCELLENT "The movie is an astonishing visual delight, with animation techniques that seem lifelike and fantastical, both at once. No animated being has ever moved, breathed or had its skin crawl quite as convincingly as Shrek"

Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
EXCELLENT "'Shrek'' lives happily ever after because it's such a feisty but good natured embrace of the inner ogre in everyone, and such an irreverent smackdown of the Establishment in all its ''heigh ho'' tyranny.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 128 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
18
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M/F)
21
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
15
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
12
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
24
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
38
Very High
100%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Kids obviously LOVED SHREK, but so did almost every adult. These are some VERY HIGH opinions! There were virtually no low opinions from anyone, which is very rare and indicates a movie with very wide appeal. This happening on an animated movie is even rarer. Only the Toy Story movies have achieved that. Even the critics loved it. Shrek is a movie I can HIGHLY recommend to EVERYONE! GO SEE IT!

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
What a GREAT family film! Very entertaining and funny for ALL AGES. Like "Toy Story," it can be enjoyed by everyone. It was certainly enjoyed by the screening audience I saw it with. They clapped and cheered at the end. DON'T MISS SHREK!!!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Once upon a time in a far away swamp, there lived an ornery ogre named Shrek (Mike Myers) whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy-tale characters. There are blind mice in his food, a big, bad wolf in his bed, three little homeless pigs and more, all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow).

Determined to save their home not to mention his own Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) to be Farquaad's bride. Accompanying him on his mission is a wisecracking Donkey (Eddie Murphy), who will do anything for Shrek... except shut up. Rescuing the Princess from a fire-breathing dragon may prove the least of their problems when the deep, dark secret she has been keeping is revealed.

Based on the children's book by William Steig.
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