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Despicable Me 3D

As if to remind us of what we're otherwise being spared, this superior computer-animated family romp contains just one each of the following: fart jokes, topical references that will sail over kids' heads, and dance numbers in which the characters bust zany moves to a 70s disco hit. The topical reference is pretty funny, actually, and everything else about the movie is wonderful, especially the visual and character design. The main character is a bilious, Bond-style supervillain (Steve Carell, doing Russian-inflected shtick) who's suddenly outclassed by a brash young newcomer (Jason Segel); as part of the old-timer's plan to even the score, he adopts three plucky orphan girls, and darned if they don’t awaken the better angels of his nature. Like the best kids' entertainment, this creates a daffy little world all its own. Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin directed.



  • Chris Renaud
  • Pierre Coffin


  • Steve Carell
  • Jason Segel
  • Russell Brand
  • Julie Andrews
  • Will Arnett
  • Kristen Wiig
  • Miranda Cosgrove
  • Dana Gaier
  • Elsie Fisher


  • Chris Meledandri
  • John Cohen
  • Janet Healy
  • Nina Rappaport-Rowan
  • Robert Taylor

What others are saying

  • The 40-Year-Old Version: Despicable Me

    Gruff protagonists and the kids who teach them how to love have populated movies around the world since movies began. — By Scott Renshaw
  • Despicable Me takes the easy way out

    Let's say — just hypothetically — that you're launching a production studio for computer-animated features. Your inaugural effort is going to lay the groundwork for the way audiences will think about your brand name. And you have at least a couple of models out there for how you could do things. Do you focus intently on nailing a story with real emotional honesty and resonance, or do you just find a familiar, time-worn premise that you don't have to think too much about and then pack it full of gags? — By Scott Renshaw
  • Not So Super-Villains

    'Despicable Me' mixes ho-hum family-friendly moments with delicious adult sarcasm — By Colin Boyd

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