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Despicable Me

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Clever, funny, and sweet villain-with-a-heart-of-gold tale.

Movie PG 2010 95 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 127 parent reviews

age 6+

A Minion silly movie, yet so touching and sad.

Minions are super funny, it made me feel both happy and sad. A fun Movie for everyone!!!!
age 4+

I watched It and there,s No Swearing.

Like It,s Sequel, I Also Love This Movie Very Much. this Movie is positive, Adorable, Funny, And Playful. There Is Nothing Creepy, Or Spooky Looking, But the Fact that vector Has A Pet Shark Worried me A little. Despite The Bombs And Guns In This movie, There is No Swearing Or Racial Nudity.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (127 ):
Kids say (237 ):

Carell as Gru may be the draw for this movie, and he does a wonderful job -- as always -- with his voice acting; but it's the girls who are the most impressive. They know exactly how to convey hurt, disappointment, joy, and wonder -- not an easy task for young actors. Segel's Vector is that fabulous combination of super nerdy and super arrogant, exactly the sort of villain (and person) who would rankle an old-school villain like Gru. It's easy to root for Gru when his nemesis is such a jerk. The movie also features a wonderfully catchy and unique soundtrack by hip-hop performer/producer Pharrell Williams, and, to its credit, the 3-D is actually enjoyable, as opposed to irritating. Will Gru rank among the greatest villains of all time? No, because in the end, he's actually got a heart -- and a large one at that.

The best movie villains gleefully chew up the scenery, either because they're so creepily eeeevil (Darth Vader, Hannibal Lecter, Voldemort), or because they're larger than life (the Terminator, Cruella de Vil, the Wicked Witch of the West). So it's a unique twist to see an animated movie that focuses on the villain. He doesn't turn hero overnight, but he's not a one-dimensional tyrant, either. He's got mommy issues (his mom, played by Julie Andrews, is the stereotypically overlycritical mother who's never pleased with her son's accomplishments), he's older and not as "bankable" as he used to be, and he really needs a buzzed-about scheme to go his way. Enter the three little orphans, the youngest of whom (Agnes) is so irresistably adorable she's like a human Puss 'N Boots.

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