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Shrek opens Tribeca, earns mixed reviews

The fourth and final “Shrek” installment, “Shrek Forever After,” received its world premiere Wednesday night when it opened the Tribeca Film Festival with a star-studded premiere at Manhattan’s Ziegfeld Theatre.

Vocal talents Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas walked a green carpet before the event. Festival co-founder Robert De Niro joined them. The film, which doesn’t open for another month (May 21), will screen in 3-D — the first film in the franchise to do so.

Because of that, several reporters speculated that “Shrek Forever After” will make a substantial amount of money. But they weren’t so keen on the quality of the film.

The Hollywood Reporter admits this installment “should prove equally profitable” because of the bump in 3-D ticket prices, but said the film “reveals a definite been-there, done-that feeling.”

Bloomberg, meanwhile, praises the film’s 3-D effects but says the plotting and dark tone “suggests the franchise is running out of juice.”

But IndieWire says this “Shrek” might be “the best of the bunch” because “a breezy sense of fun permeates the story from start to finish, and it never lags.”

Judge for yourself when “Shrek Forever After” opens next month.


About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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