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How critics reacted to some 2004 hits

Shrek in "Shrek 2"
Shrek in "Shrek 2"

LOS ANGELES — Critics and moviegoers sometimes agree on top hits such as "Shrek 2" and "Spider-Man 2." But critics tend to give lukewarm or negative reviews to movies that grab mainstream audiences.

Here's a sampling of reaction from top critics on some of 2004's top hits:

"Shrek 2" ($436.5 million domestic gross)

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: positive

A.O. Scott, New York Times: lukewarm

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: positive

Claudia Puig, USA Today: positive

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: positive

Christy Lemire, The Associated Press: positive

"Spider-Man 2" ($372.6 million domestic gross)

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: positive

A.O. Scott, New York Times: positive

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: positive

Mike Clark, USA Today: positive

Lisa Schwarzbaum: Entertainment Weekly, positive

Christy Lemire: The Associated Press, positive

"The Passion of the Christ" ($370.3 million domestic gross)

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: positive

A.O. Scott, New York Times: negative

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: negative

Claudia Puig, USA Today: positive

Lisa Schwarzbaum: Entertainment Weekly, negative

Christy Lemire: The Associated Press, lukewarm

"The Day After Tomorrow" ($186.7 million domestic gross)

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: positive

A.O. Scott, New York Times: lukewarm

Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times: negative

Mike Clark, USA Today: negative

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: negative

Christy Lemire, The Associated Press: lukewarm

"I, Robot" ($144 million domestic gross)

A.O. Scott, New York Times: lukewarm

Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times: negative

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: negative

Claudia Puig, USA Today: negative

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: negative

Christy Lemire, The Associated Press: lukewarm

"Shark Tale" ($137 million domestic gross to date)

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: negative

A.O. Scott, New York Times: lukewarm

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: negative

Claudia Puig, USA Today: lukewarm

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: negative

Christy Lemire, The Associated Press: negative