(2010)

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100
The effect is Chaplinesque if Chaplin had the latest in gadgetry, because the entire picture is also shot in 3-D that, for once, puts all 3 of the Ds to imaginative use.
95
To hell with that childlike sense-of-wonder crap: Despicable Me, instead of trying to return adults to a false state of innocence, reminds us that we all started out as ill-mannered little savages.
91
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.
80
Despicable doesn't measure up to Pixar at its best. Nonetheless, it's funny, clever and warmly animated with memorable characters.
80
It's all thoroughly adorable, and with an overlay that's nearly as odd as Carell's accent.
75
Carell's genius for loading a comic line with mirth and malice is on joyous display.
75
This fun-filled adventure avoids formula with a whimsical story and terrific voice casting.
63
Short, sweet-and-sour, and amusing rather than funny, Despicable Me can't help but be likable.
60
Wall Street Journal
It looks so stylish that thinking about its plot is strictly optional.
60
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.
50
The film throws so much ersatz cleverness and overdone emotion at the audience that we end up more worn out than entertained.
50
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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