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The Minions' brightly colored brand of gibberish-fueled insanity stretches to feature length in their self-titled Despicable Me spinoff, with uneven but often hilarious results.



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The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters-from T. rex to Napoleon-the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he-alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob-ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award (R) winner Sandra Bullock), the world's first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation. (c) Universal

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Sandra Bullock
as Scarlett Overkill
Jon Hamm
as Herb Overkill
Michael Keaton
as Walter Nelson
Allison Janney
as Madge Nelson
Steve Coogan
as Professor Flux / Tower Guard
Jennifer Saunders
as Queen Elizabeth II
Steve Carell
as Young Gru
Pierre Coffin
as Kevin the Minion/Bob the Minion/Stuart the Minion
Hiroyuki Sanada
as Sumo Villain
Michael Beattie
as VNC Announcer / Walter Jr.
Alex Dowding
as Royal Advisor
Jess Harnell
as Additional Voices
Laraine Newman
as Additional Voices
Paul Thornley
as News Reporter
Bill Farmer
as Additional Voices
Bob Bergen
as Additional Voices
John Cygan
as Additional Voices
Danny Mann
as Additional Voices
Sherry Lynn
as Additional Voices
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All Critics (216) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (119) | Rotten (97)

  • 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.

    Jul 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 13, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Fittingly, because they're pill-shaped, the Minions work best in small doses.

    Jul 12, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 12, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 10, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • "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.

    Jul 10, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Minions

  • Apr 02, 2017
    Entertaining, fast-paced and with plenty of funny characters and situations. Kids will have a blast but there isn't as much to salvage for grown-ups here, just a reference here or there. The plot itself is a little too silly for more. The end connects nicely with Despicable Me, though.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2017
    Very cute and funny!
    David T Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2016
    The Minions attempt to carry their own film (and fail horribly) in this Despicable Me spin-off. The story (which is more of a series of skits and jokes) follows three Minions who set out on a mission to find a leader for their people, which they do in Scarlet Overkill; a maniacal super-villain set on stealing the Royal Crown of England. Sandra Bullok does a good job voicing Overkill, whose cartoonish villainy is a lot of fun. But the plot is just too zany and out of control; it doesn't make any sense and is incredibly dumb. Unfortunately the writers of Minions don't seem to know what they're doing, and it really shows.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2016
    As was to be expected, this might actually be the most obnoxious movie I've seen in a long ass time. I've never been a fan of the minions. In fact, out of all the movie mascots in these films, the minions are easily the most annoying. I found them insufferable in smaller doses in both Despicable Me movies, so I thought the idea of them actually getting their own full-length movie, and not one of these silly short movies as special features on the DVD, was just the absolute worst thing possible. The fact of the matter is that the joke in this movie is that the minions' language is unintelligible and a lot of the comedy is based on the things they say, which is an amalgamation of words in French, Spanish, English, among other languages. Their inane gibberish gets old 10 minutes into the goddamn movie. There's also instances where they Minion-ize some popular 60s songs and that's just the dirt fucking worst. It's just that their language is so ridiculously stupid and kiddie that it makes watching them for an extended period of time completely ridiculous. I don't begrudge anyone for finding the minions adorable or entertaining, but I'm also wondering how anyone over the age of 12 can like these fuckers. Maybe the same things I hate about them are the things that other people love, that's entirely possible, but it's just perplexing to me. These fucking things are so annoying and the joke wears thin immediately. Don't get me wrong, there's some inspired moments here, like Sandra Bullock as the super-villain in the film was one of the few bright spots of the film and she might've been the only entertaining character in the film. There's also a pretty awesome soundtrack full of 60s songs that, thankfully, the minions don't sacrifice. There's a lot of slapstick, but it's all incredibly forgettable and uninteresting. The thing is that there's a fairly decent idea here of the minions searching for a suitable villain to serve unquestionably, which doubles as a search for a home as Kevin, Stuart and Bob are looking for a place for their 'tribe' to settle down. The problem, however, comes in the fact that the film lacks no structure, it's just a series of slapstick-y skits without any real story thread holding them together. The movie is, technically, not even bad, but I still couldn't stand it because the minions are insufferable characters. They were not meant to be seen in large doses. Hell, I don't even think they were meant to be seen in small doses either. It'd be one thing if they were silent characters, then I wouldn't actually have a problem with them, because then I wouldn't have to listen to their obnoxious gibberish and then I could actually focus on their actions. But these motherfuckers have painted themselves into a corner with these characters. I'd have given it a lower score if it wasn't for Sandra Bullock and the great soundtrack. The movie isn't even that funny when you really think about it. The kids will definitely love it, so I guess that's something, but that doesn't mean this movie isn't good, because it's not. It's annoying as fuck and forgettable as an actual movie, even when removing the minions from the equation. Sandra Bullock is good here and there's some great music, but the minions drag everything down in their path, both literally and figuratively, this would've been a better movie without them. I can't really recommend this movie in the slightest, but I'm sure the kids will love the minions' energy and zaniness and that's what Dreamworks was going for. I still can't call this a good movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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