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A domesticated Shrek hatches a plan to recapture his mojo and discovers what life in Far Far Away land would have been like had he never existed in this final chapter of the popular animated film seri... read more read There used to be a time when the villagers would run in terror at the mere mention of the name Shrek, but these days the big green ogre is married to Princess Fiona and raising triplets. Maintaining your fierce public persona is no simple task when you're juggling infants and changing diapers, so when Shrek realizes that nobody is afraid of him anymore he recruits mischief-maker Rumpelstiltskin to restore his once-mighty roar. Unfortunately for Shrek, that plan hits an unexpected hitch. As a result, the morose monster takes a trip into an alternate-universe Far Far Away land where there is no Shrek, and Rumpelstiltskin reigns. There, Donkey spends his days hauling carts, and a portly Puss in Boots prefers lounging to swashbuckling. Perhaps with a little extra effort, Shrek will be able to regain his status as top ogre in town and still have his happily ever after, too. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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PG, 1 hr. 33 min.

Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Mike Mitchell, Vicky Jenson

Release Date: May 21, 2010

Keywords: family, 3rd

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DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010

Stats: 18,186 reviews

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  • December 31, 2012
    A decent installment in the series, better than the 3rd just about. I'm not sure they can churn anymore out without it going down hill pretty quickly though. Still prefer the first 2 films.
  • November 8, 2012
    The final chapter in the ogre's adventures is not entirely en par with the first parts. You can't say that the plot takes the easy way out, the What If..approach actually has a lot of potential. What's lacking compared to the predecessors is a certain charm and the really big lau... read moreghs. There are only few of those and to a certain degree it feels like you've seen it all before. It doesn't help that there have been visually more impressive animation films by now. Overall still very entertaining and a decent ending to the franchise, but still the weakest part by far.
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    April 23, 2012
    Shrek the Third was a bad movie, especially coming off of the classic first two films in the franchise. The surprising thing about Shrek Forever After is not just that it didn't feel like a complete money grab like the third one did, but that it also felt like an earnest attempt ... read moreto redeem the Shrek franchise, and end it on a good note. Lo and behold, it actually succeeds with a story that feels tailor-made as a complete finish to this ogre's story, and at times its story (revolving around Shrek being thrown into the past, without having ever saved Princess Fiona) feels like both a response to the complaints that the third movie took things in the wrong direction, and an apology for that film's utter failure. Shrek 4's animation is dated however, and it still doesn't have the same inventiveness and adult-oriented pop culture parodies on the scale of the first two (though it does indeed try), which in general keeps this film from being a classic. But as a way to end the series without a whimper, Shrek Forever After is satisfying - which is a big relief.
  • January 4, 2012
    Ok Bottom line, is that everyone that hasn't seen this will think this film was make to make money like the previous installment (Shrek the Third). The predictions are right this film is just that but it has its moments I can see clearly they tried to redeem Shrek, Donkey, Puss a... read morend Fiona from the disaster that is Shrek 3 by showing that they can make a better plot. There is so many bad things about this film such as numoerous pop culture refrences and the typical jokes but damn it, its good enough to see Shrek one final time in the theatres because one thing is for sure. It will entertain kids.
  • August 16, 2011
    Shrek is one of those film franchises where the sequels are the better movies compared to the first, and this to me is the best Shrek film, and one of Dreamworks best films. The animation in this film is top notch, and this is the Shrek film with the best plot out of all the film... read mores, Shrek being weary of his non adventurous Ogre life and making a deal with a mischievous person and ending up he got the wrong end of the deal. As for the villain, he is fantastically entertaining to watch and the actor did a great job as this character, and the cool thing is that they got an artist and producer of the Spongebob Squarepants TV series to do the voice of him, and the voice he provides is so fantastically over the top and croaky that it is just laughable, and you love him but hate him at the same time, and when he gets his curmupence it is so satisfying
  • August 15, 2011
    Juvenile, but not as bad as the third. It wasn't funny as the first 2, it got all kiddish. The story was a renake of Its A Wonderful Life, and it worked in a way and even though it felt cliche they kiind of spoofed it in a good way. The characters have become boring and they n... read moreever take the full hilarious leap like the first film. Better than the third but just an okay movie.
  • August 1, 2011
    Even worse than the below-average SHREK THE THIRD, and this one is actually awful, in my opinion, at least. It was unbelievable how hilarious and smart Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and the rest of them were in the first SHREK; SHREK 2 was just as good, if not better, ... read moreadding Puss in Boots in as a main character with both a sharp side and a cute side; then all of a sudden SHREK THE THIRD, though the clever, appropriate title, is released in 2007 and we're all praying that SHREK FOREVER AFTER will be brought back to the outrageous, definitively comedic state it was originally at. Well, folks, I hate to tell you, but that clearly did not happen, and it never will, since SHREK FOREVER AFTER was also billed as THE FINAL CHAPTER.
  • June 27, 2011
    Like all Shrek movies, Shrek Forever After has some hilarious moments but its plot seems more like that of an episode of a past-its-prime TV show than something to base an actual movie on. Like the last one, Shrek Forever After is nothing to flip over but knowing this is the last... read more installment kind of offers a sigh of relief when all is said and done.
  • June 24, 2011
    I think they should just stop making them now. A good movie over all but that's it.
  • June 23, 2011
    No more laughs.

Critic Reviews

Anna Smith
June 30, 2010
Anna Smith, Time Out

An entertaining conclusion to the franchise -- one that parents should happily endure. But let's hope that's all, folks. Full Review

Ernest Hardy
June 7, 2010
Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly

By the middle of the second act, Forever After finally finds its groove, becoming mildly amusing (the actors -- Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas -- are in fine form) but never ... Full Review

Michael Phillips
June 1, 2010
Michael Phillips, At the Movies

This one had the same paucity in wit and script issues as the whole Shrek series. Full Review

A.O. Scott
June 1, 2010
A.O. Scott, At the Movies

[It] kind of engaged me a little bit. Full Review

Joe Williams
May 21, 2010
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's no classic, but Shrek Forever After is a pleasant reminder that every time a cash register rings, this ogre turns angelic. Full Review

Amy Biancolli
May 21, 2010
Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle

Shrek Forever After wanders far, far away from the infectious and propulsive zing that we've come to expect over the past nine years. Full Review

Stephen Cole
May 21, 2010
Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail

The shout line on the Shrek Forever After poster says it best: It ain't ogre till it's ogre. Full Review

Tom Long
May 21, 2010
Tom Long, Detroit News

Who is supposed to be excited by this? What child would care? What adult would care? Full Review

Lisa Kennedy
May 21, 2010
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

Directed with zest by Mike Mitchell (from a script by Josh Klausner and Darren Lemke) and shot in 3D, this final Shrek sequel has plenty of verve. Full Review

Nancy Churnin
May 21, 2010
Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News

Director Mike Mitchell and screenwriters Josh Klausner and Darren Lemke, all relatively new to the franchise, manage to lead the winning returning cast in a fresh direction. Full Review

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    • Puss in Boots: Fiona, the sunrise. You're still an ogre.
    • Princess Fiona: True love's form.
    • Rumpelstiltskin: Impossible!
    • Princess Fiona: The kiss worked.
    • Shrek: I didn't know what I had until I lost it.
    • Pinocchio: Ah sir, your gonna have to pay for that!
    • Rumpelstiltskin: Ah, maybe we could make a deal for that little boy?
    • Pinocchio: Oh, I'm not a real boy.
    • Rumpelstiltskin: Do ya wanna be?!
    • Pinocchio: [Kicks Rumpelstiltskin out of the store] No one needs your deals anymore 'Rumplestinkypaints'!
    • Shrek: Do you know what the best part of today was? I got the chance to fall in love with you all over again.
    • Shrek: So, what happens now?
    • Rumpelstiltskin: Have a nice day!

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