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While Gru, the ex-supervillain is adjusting to family life and an attempted honest living in the jam business, a secret Arctic laboratory is stolen. The Anti-Villain League decides it needs an insider’s help and recruits Gru in the investigation. Together with the eccentric AVL agent, Lucy Wilde, Gru concludes that his prime suspect is the presumed dead supervillain, El Macho, whose his teenage son is also making the moves on his eldest daughter, Margo. Seemingly blinded by his overprotectiveness of his children and his growing mutual attraction to Lucy, Gru seems on the wrong track even as his minions are being quietly kidnapped en masse for some malevolent purpose.

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Release date: Jul 3, 2013
 
MPAA rating: Rated PG for rude humor and mild action
 
Official website: http://www.despicableme.com
 
Runtime: 98 min
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 83
    Charlotte Observer - by Lawrence Toppman
    For now, the franchise has enough zip and humor to be worthwhile. ...read more

  • 75
    Rolling Stone - by Peter Travers
    It's still a first-class charm assault. ...read more

  • 75
    RogerEbert.com - by Odie Henderson
    While I remain disappointed that the sequel gives me a subdued Gru and an uneven pace, I keep remembering things about Despicable Me 2 that make me smile. For every meh moment, there's almost 2 well-conceived gags or lines. ...read more

  • 75
    Boston Globe - by Tom Russo
    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. ...read more

  • 75
    New York Post - by Sara Stewart
    As in the original “Despicable,” masterful physical comedy is what raises this animated pic so far above most of its competitors. ...read more

  • 75
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    Despicable Me 2 provides a good bonding opportunity for parents and children with enough palatable elements to please members of both generations. ...read more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Liam Lacey
    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. ...read more

  • 70
    Time - by Mary Pols
    Despicable Me 2 is far more entertaining than the disappointingly bland "Monsters University" and as a sequel stands level with the first film, and may have the edge on it. ...read more

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    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. ...read more

  • 70
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by Bilge Ebiri
    Despicable Me 2 does have plenty of what made the first film so entertaining — its wedding of James Bond–like gadgetry and visual invention with goofy slapstick, and the dizzying fun had with shrink rays, piranha guns, elaborate evil spaceships, and the like. ...read more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times - by Betsy Sharkey
    Even with slightly heavier issues, like its predecessor, Despicable Me 2 is light on its feet, visually inventive and very fast with the repartee. It requires actors who can pull off the many peppery lines at warp speed and in that the film is lucky with its voice cast. ...read more

  • 70
    Variety - by Peter Debruge
    While not quite as charming or unique as the original, Despicable Me 2 comes awfully close. ...read more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Michael Rechtshaffen
    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. ...read more

  • 67
    Tampa Bay Times - by Steve Persall
    There's enough here for a nice little movie, anyway, even if Al Pacino didn't think so. He was hired to voice the movie's arch villain but dropped out due to "creative differences." ...read more

  • 63
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Bruce Ingram
    [A] remarkably tepid sequel to the surprise 2010 hit. ...read more

  • 63
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by Tirdad Derakhshani
    If you're looking for quality prepackaged, predigested Hollywood family fun this summer, you could do a lot worse than Despicable Me 2. ...read more

  • 63
    Film.com - by Laremy Legel
    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. ...read more

  • 63
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Joe Williams
    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. ...read more

  • 63
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    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. ...read more

  • 60
    New Orleans Times-Picayune - by Mike Scott
    Easily the most enjoyable animated film of 2013 so far. ...read more

  • 60
    Arizona Republic - by Bill Goodykoontz
    A too-good Gru is a boring Gru. No matter how much you crank up the adorability factor or offer up the occasional laugh, there is no getting around that. ...

  • 60
    New York Daily News - by Elizabeth Weitzman
    Guaranteed to charm anyone who’s out of school and already bored. ...read more

  • 60
    Time Out New York - by Keith Uhlich
    Carell and Wiig make a splendid vocal pair — Nick and Nora Charles with ice guns and lipstick Tasers. ...read more

  • 60
    Empire - by Helen O'Hara
    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. ...read more

  • 60
    The Guardian - by Peter Bradshaw
    Nothing here to challenge anything from the Pixar golden age, but Despicable Me 2 is a sweet-natured family film. ...read more

  • 60
    Total Film - by Josh Winning
    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. ...read more

  • 60
    The Telegraph - by Tim Robey
    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. ...read more

  • 60
    Time Out London - by Guy Lodge
    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. ...read more

  • 58
    Portland Oregonian - by Marc Mohan
    It's just a shame that the search for the missing formula ends up feeling so formulaic. ...read more

  • 50
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    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. ...read more

  • 50
    Austin Chronicle - by Steve Davis
    Given the outlandish premise, you'll wish the film twinkled with a more savvy sense of humor and adventure, like the chapters of the "Toy Story" series, for example. ...read more

  • 50
    The New York Times - by Stephen Holden
    Once again, the lesson that more is not necessarily better, something rarely learned by blockbuster sequels, is forgotten. ...

  • 50
    The A.V. Club - by A.A. Dowd
    What’s missing — and this was the crucial component of part one — is a little sour to undercut the sweet. Like its protagonist, a bad guy gone boringly good, Despicable Me 2 has no edge. It’s fatally nice and insufficiently naughty. ...read more

  • 50
    Entertainment Weekly - by Owen Gleiberman
    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. ...read more

  • 42
    The Playlist - by Drew Taylor
    You just wish that the kind of attention lavished on the visuals of Despicable Me 2 could have carried over to its storytelling. Despicable Me 2 lacks emotion and depth, and all the minions in the world can't make up for that. ...read more

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