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Despicable Me (2010)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 192
Fresh: 155 | Rotten: 37

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.


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 4

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.



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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


Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy


Dec 14, 2010


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All Critics (193) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (155) | Rotten (37) | DVD (8)

One of the year's most likeable family entertainments.

October 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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Despicable Me is darned cute. I know cute isn't to the lofty level of "message storytelling" but it can be entertaining to watch when done correctly.

July 9, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)
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This animated thing pretty near out-Pixars Pixar.

July 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (7)
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The result is a sweet and witty bit of animated fun with both eye-popping 3-D effects and a warm heart.

July 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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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.

July 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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So much is going on in this movie that, while there's nothing worth despising, there's not much to remember either.

July 9, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (9)
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Lighthearted yet entirely forgettable...

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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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.

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source:

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

February 20, 2012 Full Review Source:

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

May 25, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

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

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
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.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (15)

This breezy movie is more fun when it doesn't worry about saying anything important and lets the zany antics unwind.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Despite its evil theme, Despicable Me is likable and heartwarming family entertainment.

February 6, 2011 Full Review Source:

The main goal in Despicable Me is to tell this story with as little sap as possible, and on that it fares well.

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Guaranteed to keep the kids entertained, but the film shamelessly borrows from far too many other movies to keep the adults happy.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Comments (2)

With no other performance coming close to being as layered as Carell's, the rest... is played for laughs to such an extent that it never reaches Pixar-plotted heights.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

It would be a serious examination of the family in the postmodern age, were it not so laugh-out-loud funny.

October 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Comment (1)
Eye for Film

A very likeable 3D animation that combines originality and charm with a pleasing, spiky humour.

October 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express | Comment (1)
Daily Express

The animation is fine and crisp with some imaginative use of colour, while the 3D really brings the action to life.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Comment (1)
Daily Mirror [UK]

A frenetic 94 minutes of laughter, thrills and heart-warming sentiment.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo | Comment (1)
Liverpool Echo

Another Pixar-wannabe rolls off the production line, reminding us why we should accept no substitutes.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent | Comments (3)

When an actor has just hit a career low -- as I think Steve Carell did in the desperate Dinner for Schmucks -- it's a relief to see them bounce back with a performance that clicks, in a hit film that really needs their services.

October 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Comments (2)
Daily Telegraph

It is a perfectly agreeable family entertainment, but not exactly original and nowhere near Pixar's great creations.

October 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

There are enough dashes of originality and narrative surprises to keep adults entertained, at least.

October 14, 2010 | Comment (1)
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The film is constantly laugh-out-loud funny, and the voice cast (which also includes Julie Andrews as Gru's disapproving mother) is exemplary.

October 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Despicable Me

This is one hilarious film. The story centres around Gru, a villain who is forced to become somewhat of a father figure to three orphaned children while trying to execute a plot to steal the Moon. Gru's army of minions steal the show, but the jokes are non-stop and the story is heartfelt.
March 9, 2014

Super Reviewer

A surprisingly charming, albeit predictable, film with confident voice performances from Steve Carrell, Jason Segal and Russell Brand.

The film wisely exploits the popular formula of other successful animated films. Funny sidekick a la Shrek donkey? You get thousands of hilariously cute minions. Menacing but goofy villain a la Coyote? Vector epitomizes goofy ineptness without sacrificing his villainy. Add relatable (to kids) characters with three young girls - the older, wiser, mature one, the tomboy-ish middle child and the precocious kid. And you've got quite a good time.

Its predictability drags it down a bit as there's a lack of surprises or unique situations - but "Despicable Me" is definitely a treat.
November 18, 2013
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Tony Gandía

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I have nothing to complain about here, however, it has been done in so many movies before, that it seems like a recap of all the great kids films mashed into one. I loved this film down to it's core, and it's extremely funny throughout. With great laughs throughout and a tender story arch that will put a smile on people's face of all ages. The Minion's are really what stand out as the funniest part of this film, due to their own language and mannerisms. Steve Carell really changes his voice for the role and does a bang up job. This is not (by all means) the greatest kids film of all time or anything, but as exactly that, it's one of the best animated films to come out in a long time. "Despicable Me" is not perfect, but I love it in almost every way. It's fantastic fun!
October 23, 2013
KJ Proulx

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    1. Gru: You are a beautiful woman. Do you speak Spanish?
    2. Miss Hattie: Do I look like I speak Spanish?
    3. Gru: You have a face... Como un burro.
    4. Miss Hattie: Oh! Well, thank you!
    – Submitted by Kaleb H (4 months ago)
    1. Gru: Hey mom! I build a rocket based on the macarroni model!
    2. Gru's Mom: Oooohh.....No.
    – Submitted by Federico R (7 months ago)
    1. Gru: Hey, Mom, someday i'll go to the moon too.
    2. Gru's Mom: I'm afraid that's not possible son, NASA is not sending monkeys anymore.
    – Submitted by Kevin Aaron A (8 months ago)
    1. Dave the Minion: Ngaaahaaa! Patalaki patalaku Big Boss!!
    – Submitted by WillKai K (9 months ago)
    1. Gru: I said Dart Gun not Fart Gun!
    – Submitted by Mike R (9 months ago)
    1. Gru: I said DART gun.
    – Submitted by Ian O (10 months ago)
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