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‘Minions’ Review Roundup: Does This Spinoff Bring The Laughs?

Fri, July 10, 2015 7:48pm EDT by 3 Comments

The Minions, everyone’s favorite little yellow henchmen, are finally the stars of their own feature film. The movie is sure to be a hit with children, but will their parents enjoy it as well? Read the reviews to see what the critics think about this animated joy ride!

Jon Hamm, 44, and Sandra Bullock, 50, provide the voices, but it’s the adorable, little yellow blobs that are the real stars of this kid’s comedy flick. After being supporting players in two Despicable Me films, the goofy, little yellow blobs are finally ready for their own turn on the big screen in Minions. Read on to see what the critics had to say!

USA Today:

Brian Lynch’s screenplay features a series of amusing sight gags and physical comedy that mostly hits; watching the Minions play polo while riding Corgis is an exercise in cuteness. Their indecipherable vocabulary is a mixture of French, Italian, Spanish and pure gibberish, but you manage to get the gist all the same. Also impressive is how much facial expression they have, even though their animated features are mainly big googly eyes and a small mouth.

Rolling Stone:

The questions is: Can the minions carry a movie all by their mischievous mini-selves? ‘Fraid not. This origin story, while being utterly harmless and far from despicable, wears out its welcome way too soon. For starters, all the good stuff is front-loaded. That’s a prologue that traces the minion story from the time of the T-Rex through Dracula, Napoleon and whole slew of evildoers. The movie, directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin from a script by Brian Lynch, never tops that inspired intro. In their search for the ultimate villain, the minions — led by Kevin, Stuart and Bob (all voiced in delightful gibberish by Coffin) — hit a few dead ends, including a family of crooks (dad is voiced by Michael Keaton, mom by Allison Janney).

Variety:

When it comes to franchise adventure pics, each successive installment is only as strong as its villain — a notion “Minions” illustrates by introducing a new baddie who isn’t nearly as good as Gru. But long before Scarlet Overkill makes her entrance, directors Pierre Coffin (the French comedy genius who dreamt up the Minions in the first place) and Kyle Balda (a Pixar vet who co-helmed “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”) win us over with a tightly compressed, laugh-a-minute prologue designed to provide some much-needed backstory for these tiny yellow freaks of nature, tracing the Minions’ evolution from prehistoric times.

Los Angeles Times

“Minions'” all-silliness all-the-time philosophy will put a smile on faces and keep it there, like a fizzy beverage on a hot afternoon. Set up as a kind of cracked prequel to the previous “Despicable Me” features, “Minions” is not any great shakes in terms of plot — and what it has runs out of steam before the end — but in a film like this the story is only an excuse to hang amusing characters and gags on, and “Minions” has both in abundance. Combining the inventive visual slapstick of old Looney Tunes efforts and the wisenheimer sensibility of “Rocky and His Friends,” “Minions” is rich in situations it can put its antic yellow creatures into.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Will you go see Minions?

–Alex Cramer