While Shrek may trek into that dark territory and has some questionable values simmering beneath the surface, its characters are delightful enough and the film is just sweet-natured and visually sophiscated enough to avoid sinking into the swamp.
Mark CaroChicago Tribune
Alternately sweet and mean, sophisticated and vulgar, witty and base, dazzling and ugly, charming and charmless.
Michael AtkinsonVillage Voice
Desperately avoiding the risk of even a half-second of boredom, the movie is wall-to-window-to-door noise, babbling, and jokes.