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88
The funniest kids' cartoon of the summer.
75
As in the original “Despicable,” masterful physical comedy is what raises this animated pic so far above most of its competitors.
75
The scope of the 'toon espionage-adventure goings-on is surprisingly limited. But the filmmakers so clearly love working on these characters, their creative joy is infectious.
75
An animated sequel that, despite not achieving the inspired lunacy of the first movie where Gru literally steals the moon, is smartly calculated to deliver squeals to kids and amusement to accompanying adults.
75
Despicable Me 2 provides a good bonding opportunity for parents and children with enough palatable elements to please members of both generations.
75
It's still a first-class charm assault.
70
While the new edition doesn't quite catch that inspired spark, there's still plenty to enjoy here courtesy of those zippy visuals and a pitch-perfect voice cast led by the innately animated Steve Carell.
70
While not quite as charming or unique as the original, Despicable Me 2 comes awfully close.
70
The script - by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul - is erratic, to put it generously. Yet the 3-D animation is so stylish and, from time to time, so downright beautiful, that you hardly notice when the storytelling loses track of itself.
63
Despicable Me 2 is fun, especially near the culmination. Structural issues aside, it's impossible not to like these characters, all of them, rendered with love, always entertaining even when the story around them doesn't make much sense.
63
This loony 'toon is dizzy with wonderments, especially in 3-D. The spindly-limbed character design owes more to Charles Addams' family than to Walt Disney's kingdom, while the story and settings evoke James Bond on laughing gas.
63
It's a reasonably efficient baby sitter, done up in 3-D computer-generated animation of no special distinction. But the first one's weird mixture of James Bond bombast and hyperactive pill-shaped Minions (the protagonist Gru's goggle-clad helpers) had the element of surprise in its favor.
63
If you're looking for quality prepackaged, predigested Hollywood family fun this summer, you could do a lot worse than Despicable Me 2.
60
Nothing here to challenge anything from the Pixar golden age, but Despicable Me 2 is a sweet-natured family film.
60
Its repetitive qualities are beyond reproach. Every bit as amiable and disposable as its predecessor, it recycles everything from slapstick gags to its own voice cast.
60
The minions give good mayhem and the twig-armed animation's lovely. Despite the coolest submarine-car since Bond's Lotus Esprit, though, Despicable Me 2 is light on gadgets - and surprises, too.
60
The one inspired idea here is what happens to the minions when they're injected with serum by the film's mystery baddie, and this is enough to give us at least a reel's worth of anarchic pleasure.
60
It falters in the middle and hesitates unnecessarily in setting up the love story, but Gru still has charm and kids will adore the Minions.
60
Guaranteed to charm anyone who's out of school and already bored.
50
By the end, every child in the audience will want his or her own monster-minion toy. Adults will just regret the way that Despicable Me 2 betrays the original film's devotion to bad-guy gaiety.
50
This shallow sequel to 2010's much cleverer Despicable Me - the 10th-biggest animated movie in U.S. history - seems to be merely going through the motions.
38
The script's jumble of plot asides and family-friendly pandering is enough to make you want to root for a hero.

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