Despicable Me Reviews

  • Lo, another 3-D animated kid movie demonstrates that cartoon storytelling pitched to young people is the last, best refuge of sprightly filmmaking this hard, hot summer.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • So much is going on in this movie that, while there's nothing worth despising, there's not much to remember either.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • A whip-smart family movie that makes inventive use of the summer's ubiquitous 3-D technology is something worth cheering.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • An improbably heartwarming, not to mention visually delightful, diversion.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Despicable Me has enough visual novelty and high spirits to keep the kiddies diverted and just enough wit to placate the parents.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The result is pleasant and diverting, if ultimately forgettable, and it's one of the rare instances in the recent history of 3-D's resurrection as The Savior of Cinema in which the technology doesn't dim the screen or distract the focus.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • Right now, any excuse for air conditioning will do. So it's a happy bonus to find that Despicable Me is more than just a heat-busting baby-sitter.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • It looks so stylish that thinking about its plot is strictly optional.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • There's a fine line between gleeful anarchy and wasted energy, and Despicable Me has a wonderful knack for staking out its spot and staying on the right side.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • The movie finishes strong, managing to be sweet without being saccharine. It's no Toy Story 3, but Despicable Me is a solid alternative.

    Mary F. Pols — MSN Movies

  • The film is funny, energetic, teeth-gnashingly venomous and animated with an eye to exploiting the 3-D process with such sure-fire techniques as a visit to an amusement park.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • By taking the "heart" part just seriously enough, and in the nick of time, the movie saves itself from itself.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Like the best kids' entertainment, this creates a daffy little world all its own.

    Cliff Doerksen — Chicago Reader

  • Short, sweet-and-sour, and amusing rather than funny, Despicable Me can't help but be likable.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • You'll probably leave the theater smiling, but don't expect to be emotionally engaged, Pixar-style. You'll be tickled, not touched.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The result is a sweet and witty bit of animated fun with both eye-popping 3-D effects and a warm heart.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Neither as rich in story nor stunning in animation as Pixar offerings, Despicable Me instead settles for simply being goofy good fun, and it hardly seems like settling at all.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Since villains so often steal the show in animation, Despicable Me smartly turns the whole operation over to megalomaniacal rogue Gru.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • Despicable Me may not be the most sophisticated kids movie ever, but it stacks up against recent animated fare like How To Train Your Dragon the way The New York Review of Books compares to USA Today.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • Despicable Me is a 3D cartoon comedy of whiplash-quick laughs, funny punch lines and a wickedly gimmicky appreciation for 3D.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

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