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Despicable Me 2 Reviews

Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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This is one of those rarities, an animated sequel that improves on the original.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 15, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Co-directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin, who do Minion voices expertly, never let up on the laughs. A fart joke in 3-D may not be three times as wacky, but the high spirits of Despicable Me 2 are irresistible fun.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

July 8, 2013
Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
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How do you tell a story about a bad guy who is no longer a bad guy? Despicable Me 2 embraces the dilemma and adds new ones.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

July 3, 2013
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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As a sequel [it] stands level with the first film (also directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud), and may have the edge on it.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 3, 2013
Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
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[A] remarkably tepid sequel to the surprise 2010 hit ...

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times

July 3, 2013
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
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If you're looking for quality prepackaged, predigested Hollywood family fun this summer, you could do a lot worse than Despicable Me 2.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 3, 2013
Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
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[Despicable] Me 2, even at its weakest, is still a charmer.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

July 3, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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"Despicable Me 2" is light on its feet, visually inventive and very fast with the repartee. It requires actors who can pull off the many peppery lines at warp speed and in that the film is lucky with its voice cast.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 3, 2013
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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Heartfelt and hilarious, smart and silly, action-packed but never violent, "Despicable Me 2" is that rare sequel that outshines its beginnings.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

July 2, 2013
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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The animation is beguiling, particularly when Lucy drives her car into the ocean, transforming it into a submarine that scoots around sharks and fish.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 2, 2013
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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An animated sequel that, despite not achieving the inspired lunacy of the first movie where Gru literally steals the moon, is smartly calculated to deliver squeals to kids and amusement to accompanying adults.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

July 2, 2013
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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Directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin deserve credit for not rehashing the basic ideas of their first effort, but they never really expand upon its unique universe either.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 2, 2013
Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
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It's breezy and affable without ever going completely soft.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 2, 2013
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
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The scope of the 'toon espionage-adventure goings-on is surprisingly limited. But the filmmakers so clearly love working on these characters, their creative joy is infectious.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe

July 2, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Slapstick high jinks are plentiful, though never particularly funny.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

July 2, 2013
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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Sure, it's not as novel as the first time we were here, but directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud stay true to the clever, slapstick vibe.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 2, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Despicable Me 2" is trying to tickle, not teach. In a marketplace full of toxic messages, that's not such a bad thing.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 2, 2013
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Better, or at least sweeter, than the first, with Wiig adding some much-needed romantic charm to the toddler-level humor.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 2, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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[It] is consistently diverting and so cute you'll want to pet it. Yet it is also weightless and lacks a center.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 2, 2013
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Despicable Me 2 feels like a opportunity to get together with some old friends, hang out, and discover what they've been up to.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

July 2, 2013
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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A sequel was a foregone conclusion, but how did those responsible lose sight of what made the original special?

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

July 2, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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For an adult, the predictability could turn you blasť. For kids, revisiting these jokes is a howl. Pinkie promise.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 2, 2013
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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Features daft animation, exuberant vocal performances, and heaps of humor from Gru's caplet-shaped, nonsense-talking Minions.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: B+

July 2, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Steve Carell's Slavic inflections as Gru do the trick, as before. Wiig's clever hesitations and comic timing help save the day.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 2, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Neither directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, nor screenwriters Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul try to hide much. Which isn't to say there aren't some laughs.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

July 2, 2013
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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The minions are still wacky scene-stealers -- and once again, we don't get nearly enough of them -- but Gru and his daughters have been blanded down to bad-sitcom level.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

July 2, 2013
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a credit that the writing can be so funny in the moment, that it takes time to realize there's no cohesive story, zero dramatic tension and nary a practical lesson for either the characters in the film or the people watching in the theater.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

July 2, 2013
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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A generally effective sequel despite a mess of structural issues.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: 6.3/10

July 2, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The beguiling basics are still there, including the goofy gadgets and sly references to other films.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 2, 2013
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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[It's] fun. It's cheerful. It's lollipop colorful. Best of all, it features lots of minion mischief, which guarantees plenty of laughs. But what it doesn't have is an edge.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 2, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Armed with masses of minions and an excess of adorability, "Despicable Me 2" is guaranteed to charm anyone who's out of school and already bored.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

July 2, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Not only a fun cartoon but - that rare thing - a sequel which actually improves on the original.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

July 2, 2013
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
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While it isn't as touching or as exuberantly funny as the original, it's a cute summer diversion for kids with just enough wink-wink slyness and cheeky cinematic asides to hold the interests of older teens and adults.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3/4

July 1, 2013
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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The gags take precedence over the perfunctory plot, and the overarching theme about Gru and his girls' search for a mother figure is too undercooked.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

July 1, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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By the end, every child in the audience will want his or her own monster-minion toy. Adults will just regret the way that Despicable Me 2 betrays the original film's devotion to bad-guy gaiety.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

June 27, 2013
Guy Lodge
Time Out
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Its repetitive qualities are beyond reproach.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

June 25, 2013
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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While the new edition doesn't quite catch that inspired spark, there's still plenty to enjoy here courtesy of those zippy visuals and a pitch-perfect voice cast led by the innately animated Steve Carell.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

June 17, 2013
Peter Debruge
Variety
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While not quite as charming or unique as the original, "Despicable Me 2" comes awfully close, extending co-directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin's delightfully silly sensibility to a bit larger universe.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 17, 2013
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