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Minions Reviews

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
July 16, 2015
I got tired of this joke before the movie ended, but I appreciate the gusto with which the filmmakers -- particularly Coffin, with his nimble vocalizations -- carried it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 13, 2015
With its episodic stream of slapstick gags, Minions has moments of piquant absurdity, but mostly its shrill-but-cutesy anarchy works as a visual sugar rush for the preschool set.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com
July 12, 2015
Fittingly, because they're pill-shaped, the Minions work best in small doses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
July 12, 2015
There's plenty of high-velocity comic inanity on display to keep kids happily diverted. But the movie's major flaw is an extension of its own premise: Search as they may, the minions never find a villain worthy of their subservience.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 10, 2015
It's not whether this prequel can mint money; that's a given. The questions is: Can the minions carry a movie all by their mischievous mini-selves? 'Fraid not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 10, 2015
"Minions" is every bit as cute as it's supposed to be, a happily empty-headed animated frolic that rarely pauses to take a breath.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 9, 2015
Inconsistent and undisciplined, Minions is more an adjunct to marketing than a legitimate motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 9, 2015
While "Minions" explores nominally new narrative ground, it folds neatly into a series that now includes two features, various shorts, books, video games, sheet music and a theme park attraction. So, you know, different but also the same.
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
July 9, 2015
Impressive as it is that the filmmakers get so much comedic mileage out of their characters' half-intelligible prattling, the conventional dialogue is bafflingly flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 9, 2015
The begoggled, capsule-shaped, banana-colored scamps who stole the show in two installments of the popular Despicable Me franchise deserved something better than this indifferently animated, catch-as-catch-can venture in comedic chaos.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
July 9, 2015
Few gags hit solidly. Minions relies on mayhem too often - too loud, too much and too pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 9, 2015
"Minions'" all-silliness all-the-time philosophy will put a smile on faces and keep it there, like a fizzy beverage on a hot afternoon.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 9, 2015
A loud, frenetic kid pleaser, though parents' brains may short-circuit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 9, 2015
Minions may just be an excuse to cash in on the phenomenal success of the Despicable Me franchise (Part 3 already has a release date: June 30, 2017), but as crass commercial enterprises go, this prequel gives its all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Brian Truitt
USA Today
July 9, 2015
Brian Lynch's screenplay features a series of amusing sight gags and physical comedy that mostly hits; watching the Minions play polo while riding Corgis is an exercise in cuteness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 9, 2015
"Minions" is product, pure and simple. Little kids will love it, but grown-ups will feel like they're being held hostage in a Fisher-Price test laboratory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
July 9, 2015
Despite the dizzying pace of carefully calibrated incongruities, "Minions" somehow never generates more than the occasional chuckle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 9, 2015
I, too, once enjoyed the Minions, in the small doses that they came in. But the extra-strength "Minions" is, for better or for worse, too much of a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 9, 2015
The bottom line is that the filmmakers are working with nothing here - no characters to speak of, no interpersonal relationships, no story with any suspense or capacity to engage, and no script with any humor or wit. What can they do?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 9, 2015
As you would expect, the script - there is one, sort of - feels as if it was written to fill the blanks in a Mad Libs story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jesse Hassenger
AV Club
July 9, 2015
Minions has idiosyncratic roots, but it's a franchise play all the way. Finally, even 5-year-olds have their own movie that mechanically cashes in on something they loved when they were younger.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
July 9, 2015
Two words: mild chuckles. Two more words: needs Gru.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jacob Hall
New York Daily News
July 8, 2015
Since the Minions themselves are barely characters, much of the film falls on the shoulders of Bullock. She isn't up to the challenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 8, 2015
Like trying to form a rock band out of three Ringos.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
July 8, 2015
A fun, cheerful time passer that's filled with many random zingers that will leave you snickering afterward.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Maricar Estrella
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
July 8, 2015
Parts of the story are quite dark and unnecessarily gruesome for younger audiences. Even a bedtime story is turned into a humorless plot point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 8, 2015
Why shell out money to see this in the theater when you can just buy a DVD next year? Or, more to the point, buy the plush toys that something like this is really all about.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
July 7, 2015
Minions isn't a disaster; it's probably just too much of a potentially good thing.
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
July 7, 2015
What are the Minions but stand-ins for kids?... Nothing makes them double over like a good pratfall, and they will insist on a goodnight kiss or bedtime story. Teaming and relentless, they will melt the heart of any guardian, even a supervillain.
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Joe McGovern
Entertainment Weekly
June 23, 2015
If Minions were a toy, you'd hide its batteries.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 23, 2015
Tests the notion that what audiences enjoyed as a side dish can satisfy as an entrée; I don't know if the movie picks up as it goes along, or if it merely beat me into submission, but after 20 minutes or so, I did finally start laughing.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 23, 2015
The Minions have busted out of the 'Despicable Me' franchise and gone rogue in this berserk slice of slapstick silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Boyd van Hoeij
Hollywood Reporter
June 18, 2015
The minions -- like the proper sidekicks they are -- never really learn or change, always getting caught in variations of the same scenario.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
June 18, 2015
There must have been a million Minion ideas that Lynch and everyone involved simply weren't able to incorporate into the film. Here's hoping the best of them find their way into "Despicable Me 3," due out summer 2017.