Minions: The Rise of Gru

critic Reviews

, 70% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • The Minions' antic shenanigans are beginning to grate despite this sequel's injection of retro chic, although this loony marathon of gags will still delight young children.
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    Jenny NulfAustin Chronicle
    Minions: The Rise of Gru might not be sophisticated storytelling, but not all animated films have to be. Sometimes they can just be about joy.
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    Udita JhunjhunwalaScroll.in
    The animated comedy is an 88-minute delight, further enlivened by the talented voice cast...
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Jason BaileyThe Playlist
    “The Rise of Gru” isn’t a complete waste&#59; there’s the occasional inspired sight gag, particularly the prop work in the martial arts training sequence, and Arkin seems to have a good time (it’s surprising he hasn’t done more voice work).
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    Tara BradyIrish Times
    The inclusion of a disco torture machine that plays Andrea True’s More More More on a loop is not dissimilar to experiencing the incessant soundtrack, which is often deployed as a lazy means of running down the clock.
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    Shirley LiThe Atlantic
    The Rise of Gru’s story is instantly forgettable, but the film looks great, moves briskly, and boasts the vocal stylings of a cast that sounds like they’re having the time of their life.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    This is funny -- the kids next to me were having an outrageously good time -- but it's very violent. It's rated PG [instead of G], and that is a very good idea.
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    James KendrickQ Network Film Desk
    the humor is persistent and we can’t help but care for Gru and his nascent villainy
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    Cory Woodroof615 Film
    In four years, Minions: The Adventure of Chicken Minion will make two billion dollars and save the cinematic experience once and for all.
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    Matt BrunsonFilm Frenzy
    A few time-capsule gags break the tedium that has now come to define this deathless series.
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    Pete Vonder HaarHouston Press
    Gru is 11, but appears the same age he was in the first movie, 10 years prior. Yes, this is a cartoon about gibberish-spewing ovate goblins where humans morph into giant Chinese New Year monsters, but one does want a *hint* of narrative consistency.
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