Despicable Me 2 Reviews

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August 1, 2014
The first act of Despicable Me 2 is so winning and engaging that it's almost a tragedy how the rest of the film falls into bargain basement formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 21, 2014
...a passable followup that's sure to amuse and entertain fans of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 4, 2014
Carrell's almost better this way, with his mugging fully abstracted by animation, whereas we start to miss Wiig's actual face.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
January 6, 2014
Franchises are born more from box-office success than creative necessity, and this sequel has only a fraction of the originality demonstrated by its predecessor.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 15, 2013
Gru's villainy is replaced by a cloying fish-out-of-water mentality that is tortured by overuse of the minions characters. Still, the film is entertaining and has several wonderful scenes that almost make up the difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 1, 2013
The beautiful digital animation is state of the art but the story and comedy are utter cliche.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
August 13, 2013
The minions are back and better than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 5, 2013
It's the zany goggle-wearing yellow-hued Minions who provide most of the film's chuckles and who justify the otherwise pointless 3D when they break the fourth wall at the start of the credits with a set of loopy antics.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 31, 2013
The movie captures that magical mixture: naughtiness and goodness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
July 31, 2013
The only thing that really holds this sequel back... it just doesn't seem epic enough to be a "summer blockbuster"... then again, maybe that's a good thing...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
July 21, 2013
Doesn't belong in the top ranks of animated fare but, like its predecessor, it contains enough humor, charm, and warmth to make it a solid family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes
July 20, 2013
THIS is what 3D should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
July 19, 2013
A comical mash of cartoonish imagination and surreal detail that's just right for the mix of hyperkinetic humor and sentimental charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
July 18, 2013
I think this is a fine animated comedy for kids, and parents can sit through it without despair. It just doesn't quite fit the adult audience quite as well as the first one did.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
July 16, 2013
The story is unfocused, and capped by a resolution that has notable holes in reason, but even that could be forgiven in a cartoon with an arsenal of laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
July 15, 2013
What a nice surprise: Gru is just as funny as a good guy. 'Despicable Me 2' is, believe it or not, a romance-focused romp that has its share of villains. This time around, though, Gru is not among them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
July 15, 2013
This is one of those rarities, an animated sequel that improves on the original.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
July 12, 2013
Ranks as one of the best animated sequels of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael Burgin
Paste Magazine
July 11, 2013
If the first film was in some ways a re-imagining of Seuss, with a grinchy Gru's heart growing from two sizes too small to one too large, Despicable Me 2 continues his rehabilitation from complete societal outlier to minion-infested community fixture.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.6/10
Tasha Robinson
The Dissolve
July 11, 2013
The assumption seems to be that the public can't get enough Minions. Despicable Me 2 sets out to test that assumption to its absolute limit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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