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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
This is - allegedly - the final chapter in the series, and everyone involved appears invigorated.
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By Ella Taylor
The visual jokes -- one standout is an army of ogres condemned by the Pied Piper to perpetual line-dancing -- are pretty irresistible.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Everyone involved fulfills his or her job requirements adequately. But the magic is gone, and Shrek Forever After is no longer an ogre phenomenon to reckon with. Instead, it's a "Hot Swamp Time Machine."
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Mediogre at best.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's a fun ride. What's missing is the excitement of a new interpretation.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Donkey continues to be lovable, and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) has one of the funnier character arcs.
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San Francisco Chronicle

Wanders far away from the infectious and propulsive zing that we've come to expect the past nine years.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Reveals a definite been-there, done-that feeling.
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Boston Globe

By Janice Page
To see this final installment is to know: It’s time.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Having run its course in the third installment, the franchise jogs and lurches but mostly meanders through a story that tests the limits of true love (Shrek's, and ours).
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58 out of 100
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