Set in a strange, colorful land populated by fairy tale characters, SHREK is a hilarious comedy that will win over audiences of children and adults alike. Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) is a fearsome green ogre living in isolation in his own cozy little swamp. He is not receptive to visitors, and fends off the occasional party of torch-wielding villagers with ease. But when the power-hungry Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) turns Shrek's swamp into a relocation camp for dozens of banished fairy-tale characters (including some pesky dwarves, wolves, and fairies) Shrek's quiet, introverted life is ruined. Joined by the talkative Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Shrek makes his way to Farquaad's realm of Duloc, where the Lord promises makes Shrek and offer: He will rid Shrek's land of the unwanted visitors if Shrek will go on a simple quest to free Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from her remote, dragon-guarded castle and convince her to marry Farquaad. On their quest, Shrek and Donkey run into a number of bizarre situations, and Shrek finds himself realizing that he isn't quite the fearsome monster he has always made himself out to be. Reinventing the traditional fairy tale adventure, SHREK features gorgeous computer animation, a unique sense of humor, and compelling characters--especially Eddie Murphy's lovable Donkey.
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"...SHREK is a world-class charmer..."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (06/07/2001)
"...The impudent jokes keep rolling along. Mike Myers provides a sly vocal impression....It's Eddie Murphy as the smart-ass donkey sidekick who steals the show..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - Stephen Farber (06/01/2001)
"...Mike Myers is able to both humanize and soften the character....Cameron Diaz' unorthodox take on a post-feminist fairytale princess is likewise accomplished, endearing yet amusing..."
Box Office - Wade Major (07/01/2001)
"...Riotous....The most thoroughly enjoyable cartoon feature since TOY STORY..."
USA Today - Susan Wloszczyna (05/16/2001)
"...SHREK is scrappy, brash comedy, and the brio of actors adds to the dynamism..."
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell (05/16/2001)
"...SHREK is a funny, sweet, snappy fairy tale about misfits....It's impossible to ogre-state the sheer fun of SHREK..."
Premiere - Glenn Kenny (06/01/2001)
"...SHREK is an instant animated classic....Playing equally effectively as a lively romp for kids and an enormously clever comedy for adults..."
Variety - Todd McCarthy (05/07/2001)
"...The movie is an astonishing visual delight, with animation techniques that seem lifelike and fantastical, both at once..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (05/18/2001)
"...Casual, carefree, consistently amusing....Smartly constructed to appeal to children and their parents..."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (05/16/2001)
"...SHREK is a film of marvels....It has a lovely vintage-illustration look, with a sylvan swamp and a wonderfully grotesque castle..."
Sight and Sound - Kim Newman (07/01/2001)