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Despicable Me is a 3D cartoon comedy of whiplash-quick laughs, funny punch lines and a wickedly gimmicky appreciation for 3D.
By taking the "heart" part just seriously enough, and in the nick of time, the movie saves itself from itself.
Mary F. Pols,
The movie finishes strong, managing to be sweet without being saccharine. It's no Toy Story 3, but Despicable Me is a solid alternative.
New York Times:
So much is going on in this movie that, while there's nothing worth despising, there's not much to remember either.
The setup is pure Looney Tunes, and indeed, Despicable Me is at its best when trading in the anything-for-a-laugh prankery that was a specialty of the Termite Terrace crowd.
Despicable Me appeals both to our innocence and our glee over cartoon anarchy.
Despicable Me is a joyously creative, refreshing piece of work, right up until it falls into a hackneyed hole.
Neither as rich in story nor stunning in animation as Pixar offerings, Despicable Me instead settles for simply being goofy good fun, and it hardly seems like settling at all.
Despicable Me has enough visual novelty and high spirits to keep the kiddies diverted and just enough wit to placate the parents.
Like the best kids' entertainment, this creates a daffy little world all its own.
Christian Science Monitor:
Welcome to the on-screen psychoanalysis of Joan Rivers, of which she seems equal parts willing participant and antagonist.
Dallas Morning News:
There's a fine line between gleeful anarchy and wasted energy, and Despicable Me has a wonderful knack for staking out its spot and staying on the right side.
The result is a sweet and witty bit of animated fun with both eye-popping 3-D effects and a warm heart.
Lo, another 3-D animated kid movie demonstrates that cartoon storytelling pitched to young people is the last, best refuge of sprightly filmmaking this hard, hot summer.
Despicable Me is darned cute. I know cute isn't to the lofty level of "message storytelling" but it can be entertaining to watch when done correctly.
Kids will dig it, adults will smile with amusement, and no one will be any different afterward than they were walking into the theater.
Los Angeles Times:
The film throws so much ersatz cleverness and overdone emotion at the audience that we end up more worn out than entertained.
Unfortunately Despicable Me is just, predictably -- eh. And the one thing the larcenous Gru never steals is our heart.
It's all thoroughly adorable, and with an overlay that's nearly as odd as Carell's accent: Despicable Me looks a lot like other computer-animated pictures...
New York Daily News:
Right now, any excuse for air conditioning will do. So it's a happy bonus to find that Despicable Me is more than just a heat-busting baby-sitter.
New York Post:
Despicable Me may not be the most sophisticated kids movie ever, but it stacks up against recent animated fare like How To Train Your Dragon the way The New York Review of Books compares to USA Today.
This is a smartly written comedy with a soft emotional core.
The film is funny, energetic, teeth-gnashingly venomous and animated with an eye to exploiting the 3-D process with such sure-fire techniques as a visit to an amusement park.
You don't need to know more except that directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud are expert are springing surprises from the ingenious script by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio.
San Francisco Chronicle:
When compared with the ambition and achievement of recent animated films, such as Coraline and Toy Story 3, Despicable Me hardly seems to have been worth making, and it's barely worth watching.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
You'll probably leave the theater smiling, but don't expect to be emotionally engaged, Pixar-style. You'll be tickled, not touched.
One of the year's most likeable family entertainments.
A whip-smart family movie that makes inventive use of the summer's ubiquitous 3-D technology is something worth cheering.
Since villains so often steal the show in animation, Despicable Me smartly turns the whole operation over to megalomaniacal rogue Gru.
The result is pleasant and diverting, if ultimately forgettable, and it's one of the rare instances in the recent history of 3-D's resurrection as The Savior of Cinema in which the technology doesn't dim the screen or distract the focus.