Despicable Me spin off Minions is enjoyble but not quite the multilayered animated comedy that we have come to expect.

Many of the reviews seemed to have enjoyed the film and found certain sequences fun but even with those that rate the movie high had a ‘but’ to add.

Minions - Bob, Kevin and Stuart
Minions – Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock), the first ever female super-villain, squeezes (L to R) Stuart, Kevin and Bob tight ©2015 Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment

Forbes Minions review by Scott Mendelson

Minions has an inspired visual lunacy and some solid gags, but it can’t sustain a feature-length story and barely tries to tell one.

I wish it were funnier and I wish I laughed more than a half-dozen times. But my daughter laughed enough to give it a recommendation (although even she didn’t care for the 3D, telling me to close one eye to make the image more enjoyable).

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars, from our reading of the review

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Daily Telegraph (UK) Minions review by Robbie Collin

There’s no attempt to give the Minions material that might better play to their preverbal, indestructible strengths.

Had directors Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin drawn inspiration from silent comedy – as Aardman Animations did for their intricately funny Shaun the Sheep movie – you suspect the film might have been better equipped to sustain the energy of those giddy early minutes. But instead, it soon becomes one barely choreographed, weightless action sequence flailing into the next.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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The Guardian (UK) Minions review by Andrew Pulver

It’s well up to the standard of the hyperkinetic fun we’ve come to expect from this sort of thing, both knowing and silly, but there’s evidence of the subtle gear-change in CG cartoons’ target audience: they are definitely getting a bit kiddier than hitherto, and a lot less age-straddling than the first Pixar films managed back in the mid-90s.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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Entertainment Weekly Minions review by Joe McGovern

A campaign billboard for Richard Nixon teases a more subversive comedy about power worshipping and pack mentality—why else set the action in that era?—but it never materializes.

Instead our chirpy pals are double-crossed by a supervillain named Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), who’s basically Cruella de Vil with grenade launchers.

Rating: C+ (=3.5 out of 5 Stars)

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Hollywood Reporter Minions review by Boyd van Hoeij

Unfortunately the story is lacking a clear narrative and emotional throughline to connect all of the film’s set pieces.

Instead of the peppy, hip-hop infused songs by Pharrell Williams, the soundtrack here is filled with 1960s ditties, including work by The Rolling Stones, The Turtles, The Doors, The Kinks and Donovan’sMellow Yellow“, which is just about the perfect description of this prequel of sorts.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars, from our reading of the review.

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