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Despicable Me (2010)



Critic Consensus: Borrowing heavily (and intelligently) from Pixar and Looney Tunes, Despicable Me is a surprisingly thoughtful, family-friendly treat with a few surprises of its own.

Movie Info

A mysterious criminal mastermind has stolen one of the pyramids in Egypt, sparking a fit of jealous envy in evil genius Gru (Steve Carell), who hasn't managed to make headlines since he and his minions swiped the Times Square JumboTron years back. Ever since Gru was a little boy, he dreamed of going to the moon. Now, if Gru can just build a rocket and get his hands on a powerful shrink-ray, he can cement his reputation as the greatest thief who ever lived by stealing the Earth's satellite right out of the sky. But immediately after Gru heists the shrink-ray, the cunning super-nerd Vector (Jason Segel) swoops in and snatches it right out of his hands. Now, in order to claim the moon, Gru must first reacquire the weapon from Vector. Armed with the knowledge that his nemesis has a mean sweet tooth, Gru adopts cookie-selling orphans Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Agnes (Elsie Fisher), and Edith (Dana Gaier) and commissions a new line of cookie robots from the evil Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand), his personal weapons specialist. But as Gru and his diminutive yellow minions prepare to carry out the biggest heist in history, something strange happens. Gru discovers that the three little girls who have come into his life are much more than simple pawns. They actually seem to care about Gru, and it turns out the scheming evildoer makes a pretty good father. When Gru realizes that his upcoming moon mission clashes with a ballet performance by the girls, he must decide what's more important -- being a present parent or cementing his nefarious reputation once and for all. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for rude humor and mild action)
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 14, 2010
Box Office: $251.5M
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Russell Brand
as Dr. Nefario
Julie Andrews
as Gru's Mom
Will Arnett
as Mr. Perkins
Kristen Wiig
as Miss Hattie
Pierre Coffin
as Tim/Bob/Mark/Phil/St...
Chris Renaud
as Dave the Minion
Jemaine Clement
as Jerry the Minion
Jack McBrayer
as Carnival Barker/Tour...
Danny McBride
as Fred McDade
Mindy Kaling
as Tourist Mom
Rob Huebel
as Anchorman
Ken Daurio
as Egyptian Guard
Ken Jeong
as Talk Show Host
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Critic Reviews for Despicable Me

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (37)

Lighthearted yet entirely forgettable...

Full Review… | March 21, 2014
Reel Film Reviews

I expected another short, simple kids' film with a few jokes and maybe a few loud noises to keep the children interested, but to my surprise, it ended up being much more than that.

Full Review… | September 23, 2012

A consistent stream of chuckles and a lot of convincing heart.

Full Review… | February 20, 2012

A movie that mistakes grotesquery for wit--in other words a perfect vehicle for Steve Carell.

Full Review… | May 25, 2011

The film benefits immensely from a Carell lead vocal turn that's loopy and droll.

Full Review… | April 14, 2011
Lessons of Darkness

Despicable Me is bright and pretty enough that kids will like it, which is certainly its aim. It's also brainless, heartless and soulless.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011

Audience Reviews for Despicable Me


Minions!!!! I want a minion!!!!

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Am I the only one or is there anyone else who didn't laugh at all watching this? I felt like slitting my wrists with so many awful physical gags and ridiculous jokes, and it is unbearable to see all that excessive fluffiness and sentimentality. Please, Universal, don't try to be Pixar.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Although the characters are all kinda annoying, the little girls are cute and ground what is otherwise daft Warner Brothers style violent Americana. What really makes this animation though is a really punchy soundtrack that sticks in your head.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

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