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Megamind (2010)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 173
Fresh: 126 | Rotten: 47

It regurgitates plot points from earlier animated efforts, and isn't quite as funny as it should be, but a top-shelf voice cast and strong visuals help make Megamind a pleasant, if unspectacular, diversion.

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 11

It regurgitates plot points from earlier animated efforts, and isn't quite as funny as it should be, but a top-shelf voice cast and strong visuals help make Megamind a pleasant, if unspectacular, diversion.

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Notorious Metro City villian Megamind (voice of Will Ferrell) becomes an unlikely savior to the troubled metropolis after defeating beloved do-gooder Metro Man (voice of Brad Pitt) and creating a new opponent who refuses to play by the rules. Megamind was only an infant when his parents loaded him into an emergency escape pod and jettisoned him into space just as their planet was being sucked into a black hole. His destination: planet Earth. Meanwhile, another slightly more wholesome baby sets

Feb 25, 2011

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For a film whose stock in trade are tongue-in-cheek reversals of comic-book cliché, it too often settles for trite audience-pleasing.

December 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The fast-paced wisecracks and ironic asides that are the studio's hallmark help to push the film past the lumpy, generic storytelling.

November 15, 2010 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (2)
New Yorker
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No doubt some of it is charming enough to induce giggles in its preteen target audience... What's needed is a narrative invention to match the technical invention.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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You'll enjoy it. And then you'll forget it.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (3)
Detroit News
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The story's the thing. And this one is as subtly deep as it is ridiculously fun.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (8)
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I do love Ferrell, whose absurdist man-child routine has always been a matter of taste.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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[Megamind] has splendid visuals, a good story, and enough witty dialogue to turn it into an enjoyable experience that's worth checking out.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

It may not raise the bar of this rapidly developing genre, but it manages to pack a lot of fun and spectacle into its running time.

August 30, 2011 Full Review Source: The National
The National

It does have the odd cheeky nod for the grown-ups -- and it is presented in inglorious 3D -- but it's also got a screenplay overflowing with charm, intelligence, wit and a real spark.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Would be lost in the crowd, perhaps deservedly so, if it didn't pull aces on its execution.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

If you have to choose between this and the superficially similar Despicable Me, choose Megamind. It's less predictable, funnier, cleverer and generally more enjoyable.

April 6, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard | Comments (3)

This is a harmless animated movie that's full of empty laughs. The main problem with all those empty laughs is that they arrive wrapped in a package you've seen before, probably even if you're still a kid.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Hardly a knockout, but Megamind is an immensely enjoyable animated adventure that spoofs and pays homage to the superhero genre.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

There's a distinctly deflated ambiance to the shenanigans, leaving the picture serious eye-candy on the prowl for bellylaughs it infuriatingly never finds.

March 15, 2011 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Megamind is dramatically and comedically inert.

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

...often shrewd, colorful, witty, and well animated, I found it oddly flat, too.

February 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Straying from a predictable, easily defined structure, Megamind instead serves up consistent surprises, challenging audience expectations and engaging the mind as well as tickling the funny bone.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Falling short of a mind-blowing experience, Megamind is still fine family entertainment that doesn't require deep thinking.

February 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinemaclips.com

Its story's third-act inversions still provide a pointed rebuke to superhero narratives' set-in-stone dynamics.

January 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

What it lacks in originality, this wickedly funny take on a superhero villain makes up for in a multi-layered plot, terrific voicing and well balanced energy.

December 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

full review at Movies for the Masses

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

What is a villain if not someone who has been pushed too far in life and has started to push back? And with nothing to push against, what do they become?

December 16, 2010 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

A well-plotted, genuinely fun spin on the Superhero/Supervillian genre with talented voice talent put to good use rather than simply stunt-cast

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Triple J
Triple J

'Megamind' may not be thought-provoking, but it is fun. And, come to think of it, it does give us something to ponder along the nature-or-nurture concepts of destiny.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

A snappy script and superior voice work make this animated action-comedy much more fun than expected

December 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

It's a sassy comedy with a lot of one-liners, some of which apparently came from improvisation between Ferrell and Fey, both in good vocal form. The quality of animation is outstanding, as you would expect.

December 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Audience Reviews for Megamind

Adorable and refreshingly deep, in regard to the theorizing over the nature of good and evil. Is a villain still a villain without a hero? Can there be one without the other? Can one create goodness, or will absolute power corrupt absolutely?
August 14, 2013
aliceinpunderland

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After a long long run of mediocrity from Dreamworks the studio finally started to find their stride starting with 'Kung Fu Panda' and the underrated 'Over the Hedge'. Then along came this little gem which once again uses the tired superhero genre but actually makes it work. This film kinda reminded me of 'Mystery Men', its a tired formula and stupid, but its so very funny.

The twist is simply we are following the supervillain and how is daily life unfolds, not totally original of course but making him a bit of an imbecile and buffoon is a nice touch. Basically 'Megamind' is the supervillain of 'Metro City' and his nemesis is 'Metro Man'.

Both these guys are aliens who were saved from their dying home worlds by their parents, both stuffed into escape pods and blasted into space ala the Superman origins. The hero is basically a parody of Superman with his good looks, dark slick hair, powers etc...whilst Megamind is more of a genius without super powers but with super intellect.

Megamind: 'Your weakness is copper? Y-you're kidding right?'

But instead of a 'Lex Luthor' copy we have a quirky retro 50's design for Megamind, he clearly has been based on all those classic black n white schlock sci-fi movies where some of the aliens had huge vein riddled craniums (no veins here though). Both end up on Earth but one has the good fortune of a good upbringing, the other is brought up in a prison which warps him, I don't think I need to tell you which.

What I like about this film is the way Megamind actually beats his nemesis and we see what happens after that. Most films show the obvious good vs evil and we all know what will happen, but this film shows us what happens to the evil genius once he's actually won. And that is one small part that is so amusing, the way Megamind and his sidekick are so amazed and stunned they have actually won is hilarious! they never thought it would actually happen, and of course when it does happen they dunno what to actually do.

From there on we witness Megamind entering depression to the point where he must create a new superhero simply so he can have mega battles again. The whole story seems so simple yet its so very clever, what really works here is the fantastic voice work by Will Ferrell who kills it as 'Megamind', this character is so likeable. The fast, snappy, paranoid dialog from this character along with his nervous twitchy body movements makes this guy highly amusing to watch.

Metro Man: 'Well, I think your warranty's about to expire!'
Megamind: 'Maybe I got an extended warranty!'
Metro Man: 'Warranties are invalid, if used beyond their intended purpose!'

Admittedly the start of the film is easily the best with the funniest moments, pretty much all sequences with Megamind and Metro Man verbally abusing each other rein supreme. The character of 'Tighten' isn't really anywhere near as fun, he serves his purpose but I found myself dying for more Megamind and Metro Man, Tighten does make the film more downbeat but that is his job so...

Metro Man: 'It's REVENGE, and it's best served cold!'
Megamind: 'But it can be easily reheated, in the microwave of evil!'

By now I'm sure the whole superhero thing might be getting annoying, depending on your tastes, this plot isn't gonna help. This whole thing has been done to death now no question, but on the visual side I can't fault it, the destruction on display is almost as good as any modern superhero flick right now. The characters look a bit goofy but everything else looks superb, truly award winning.

For me this film was all about the verbal, its fast, witty, inventive, clever and much more adult themed in my opinion. Much of this is merely in small quips, facial expressions and quick glances all blended together with excellent voice work, the whole thing feels more like an animated Mel Brooks spoof/parody and Ferrell helps give it that slightly grown up feel. In no way is this a dumb silly kids flick oh no, I'm very certain most kids won't appreciate what's going on here.

One negative point for me was the soundtrack which at times was awful. Actual tracks from various artists blasted out during action sequences which felt totally out of place and kinda lazy really. Lets not create our own musical score, we'll just stick in random music tracks yeah, job done.

Very clever and much smarter than you'd think, a character who starts off as a supervillain, becomes slightly good but with evil intentions, then becomes good with good intentions and finally becomes an all out superhero, nice rollercoaster. Its a little dark in places which is great but surprisingly funny throughout, in short its way better than 'Despicable Me'.
June 28, 2013
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

This animated flick about a super villain who suddenly questions his way of life after defeating his arch super hero came and went somewhat unnoticed when compared to the much better known Despicable Me. In fact it does not have to shy away from the comparison. When it comes to large scale action and people with super powers battling each other all over town this is like a distant cousin to this year's Man of Steel. The characters are fun, especially the sidekick, the animation flawless and the result is as entertaining and funny as they come.
June 28, 2013
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

A light animated effort that is neither dull nor exciting. It is sadly a bit unoriginal, but still features great visuals.
March 22, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

    1. Roxanne Ritchi: So, that's it? You're just giving up?
    2. MegaMind: I'm the bad guy. I don't save the day, I don't fly off into the sunset and I don't get the girl.
    – Submitted by Bhavik M (21 days ago)
    1. Metro Man: And I love you, random citizen!
    – Submitted by Rider F (13 months ago)
    1. Tighten: Cool, so Thursday? Soft Thursday? Chicks don't like bouncy houses.
    2. Roxanne Ritchi: Good night Hal.
    3. Tighten: That's a soft yes on Thursday. Kicks news van in frustration. What's wrong with me? Renting a bouncy house? Chicks don't like bouncy houses, they like clowns!
    – Submitted by Wendy N (15 months ago)
    1. Metro Man: Revenge is a dish best serve cold!
    2. MegaMind: Well it can easily re-heated... In the microwave of evil!
    – Submitted by Chad L (16 months ago)
    1. MegaMind: Oh!, My big giant blue head!
    – Submitted by Alejandra R (16 months ago)
    1. MegaMind: Oh! My big giant blue head!
    – Submitted by Alejandra R (16 months ago)
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