75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Gets back the mood, the pleasure and even some of the freshness of its first installment.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The journey is not very exciting, but the destinations are inspired.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
I love the princess squad.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It's not all bad. There is a funny early sequence where Prince Charming is being jeered for his lousy cabaret act in a village pub and a hilarious death-lily scene with the bullfrog King Harold (John Cleese) trying to squeak out the name of his heir while snapping up one last fly.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A damped-down return to the Kingdom of Far Far Away, lacking the comic energy of the first brilliant film and not measuring up to the second.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Much of the bite and a good deal of the wit of the first two films are missing here. The rude send-up of beloved fairy tale conventions remains -- somewhat -- but these playful jabs no longer come as pleasing surprises. You expect them. And you expect better.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This latest iteration of DreamWorks's money machine has its ups and downs, its longueurs along with its felicities, plus an abiding preoccupation with poop.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
There's no disguising the fact that Shrek the Third has come down with a bad case of sequelitis. You know the symptoms: Lots of razzle-dazzle to distract from the hole at the center of the story. You know, the place where fresh ideas should be.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Shrek the Third isn't a movie, it's the extension of a brand.
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58 out of 100
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