91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Despicable doesn't measure up to Pixar at its best. Nonetheless, it's funny, clever and warmly animated with memorable characters.
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80

NPR

By Bob Mondello
It's all thoroughly adorable, and with an overlay that's nearly as odd as Carell's accent.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Carell's genius for loading a comic line with mirth and malice is on joyous display.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Despicable Me has enough visual novelty and high spirits to keep the kiddies diverted and just enough wit to placate the parents.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This fun-filled adventure avoids formula with a whimsical story and terrific voice casting.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Short, sweet-and-sour, and amusing rather than funny, Despicable Me can't help but be likable.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It looks so stylish that thinking about its plot is strictly optional.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Granted, it's a far cry from the Pixar classics. But Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud's nicely quirky, animated comedy has just enough edge to entertain every member of the family.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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72 out of 100
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