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'Shrek the Third'

Buff but boring: Shrek's jolly green ogre seems a little too polished in his third outing. Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Buff but boring: Shrek's jolly green ogre seems a little too polished in his third outing.

Paramount Pictures
  • Director: Chris Miller
  • Co-director: Raman Hui
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

Third time's the charm for the jolly green ogre — but only in the "charm school" sense, alas. Shrek's searching for a new king to rule the kingdom of Far Far Away in this installment, but he's been so domesticated that he's not much of an ogre anymore. He's sensitive, thoughtful, a father-in-training — and waaaay too cuddly. Donkey's been nipping at the treacle too; he might as well be Eeyore's cousin. Of course, with Shrek 2 nearly doubling the first film's box-office take (and merchandising adding billions to the bottom line), no one's going to stop making Shrek flicks just because the inspiration's faded. With a TV special on the way (Shrek the Halls) as well as a Broadway tuner (Shrek: The Musical), resistance is probably futile for anyone with kids or grandkids. But apart from some modestly amusing princess shtick and a pleasantly slapsticky opening, there's no real reason for anyone over the age of 11 to see this one.

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