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Despicable Me 2 (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 170
Fresh: 126 | Rotten: 44

Despicable Me 2 offers plenty of eye-popping visual inventiveness and a number of big laughs.

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 7

Despicable Me 2 offers plenty of eye-popping visual inventiveness and a number of big laughs.

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Average Rating: 4.2/5
User Ratings: 339,198

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Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's worldwide blockbuster Despicable Me entertained audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In summer 2013, get ready for more Minion madness in Despicable Me 2. (c) Universal

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Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy

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Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul

Dec 10, 2013

$368.0M

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All Critics (171) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (126) | Rotten (44) | DVD (1)

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

July 15, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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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.

July 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
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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.

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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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.

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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[A] remarkably tepid sequel to the surprise 2010 hit ...

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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...a passable followup that's sure to amuse and entertain fans of the original.

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

Carrell's almost better this way, with his mugging fully abstracted by animation, whereas we start to miss Wiig's actual face.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: SF Weekly
SF Weekly

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.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

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.

December 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

The beautiful digital animation is state of the art but the story and comedy are utter cliche.

December 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The minions are back and better than ever.

August 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

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.

August 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

The movie captures that magical mixture: naughtiness and goodness.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

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...

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

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.

July 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

THIS is what 3D should be.

July 20, 2013 Full Review Source: MediaMikes
MediaMikes

A comical mash of cartoonish imagination and surreal detail that's just right for the mix of hyperkinetic humor and sentimental charm.

July 19, 2013 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

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.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

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.

July 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

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.

July 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Ranks as one of the best animated sequels of all time.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

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.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Likable characters, inventive visuals buoy "Despicable 2."

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Illinois Times
Illinois Times

Audience Reviews for Despicable Me 2

It's just a really fun movie. Gru is a great hero, his girls are adorable and the Minions completely steal the show. You may not care much for the story but it's really all about the characters.
March 19, 2014
MovieGeek13

Super Reviewer

No surprise to see that this sequel is just as unbearable as the crappy first movie, obviously made by retards for retards who can find any of these ridiculous gags at all funny (farts, really?), so watching another sequel or any Minions Movie is absolutely out of question.
March 1, 2014
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

"Despicable Me 2" is a smartly realized sequel that equals Part 1's excellence without merely copying it. "DM2" moves the plot along and evolves our central protagonist forward in a believable way that doesn't betray the audience's affection for the character.

This time around Gru is now being recruited for his reputation as an evil genius by the Anti-Villain League team to help them catch a villain who stole a powerful mutagen. The story is a simple and clever way to allow Gru to use some of his villainous tricks without betraying the character's advancement from the first film. He ended that film a devoted father and in "2" he is still that.

The film still squeezes most of its laughs from its minions but it does so without monopolizing the plot or rehashing the first film's gags. The voice performances are on the money with Steve Carrell and Kristen Wiig having the time of their lives with their characters.

The only slight downfall is that other than Gru, the other characters aren't given anything original to do. Margo has a teenage crush, Dr. Nefario misses being evil, El Macho is a pretty stereotypical Mexican - nothing that hasn't been done before. "2" could have transcended the first one if it had offered those characters a bit more to do.

But it's all about Gru and the Minions - and those two reasons alone make "DM2" a wonderful treat.
February 10, 2014
The Gandiman
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

Apparently it takes 2 directors to helm Despicable Me 2, but if that's what it takes, then that's what it takes.The 90 minutes of screen time fly by quicker than quick sand. The plot details are simple, light, and maybe even lacking in a few places; however, the story has a good and easy going flow to it.The minions are extreme comic relief without becoming an annoyance. The film also does the right thing by finding a way to keep them overshadowed by the true main characters of the film. In other words, the minions may steal scenes, but they do not steal the movie.Steve Carell's voice-work for Gru is noteworthy. Kristen Wiig is a welcome addition to the cast. Benjamin Bratt goes Mexican with El Macho.Despicable Me 2 is a well-rounded family oriented animation. Beedo beedo beedo!
February 1, 2014
skactopus
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

    1. Agnes: She kisses my boo-boo's, she braids my hair. We love you mothers everywhere.
    – Submitted by Genesis L (3 months ago)
    1. Additional Minions: Under wear...
    – Submitted by Roy E (6 months ago)
    1. Lucy: El Macho sounds pretty dead to me.
    2. Gru: His body was never found, only a pile of singed chest hair.
    – Submitted by Raisul I (7 months ago)
    1. Gru: That guy looks exactly like a villain named El Macho.
    2. Lucy: What?
    3. Gru: About twenty years ago, he was ruthless, he was dangerous and as the name implies very macho! He had the reputation of committing heists just using his bare hands! But like all the greats, El Macho was gone too soon. He died in the most macho way possible: jumping out of a plane, with 250 pounds of dynamite strapped to his chest, while riding a shark straight into the mouth of an active volcano!
    – Submitted by Raisul I (7 months ago)
    1. Jillian: Hello Gru. This is Jillian.
    2. Gru: Agness, tell Jillian I'm not here.
    – Submitted by Christian Joie N (8 months ago)
    1. Additional Minions: Bottom...
    – Submitted by Carlos Manuel R (9 months ago)
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