Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Despicable Me 2 is Certified Fresh

Plus, a strong cast can't mask The Lone Ranger's faults.

by | July 3, 2013 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got an army of minions (Despicable Me 2, with voice work by Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig) and a legendary masked man (The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer). What do the critics have to say?



Despicable Me 2

74%

Those jovial, irrepressible minions are back. Critics say Despicable Me 2 isn’t as fresh as its predecessor, but it’s goofy, colorful, and often very funny. This time out, erstwhile bad guy Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is recruited by the Anti-Villain League agent Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) to stop a criminal mastermind. Gru takes a shine to Lucy, and the minions make plenty of mischief. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Despicable Me 2 should delight the kiddies, and though it isn’t particularly deep, it’s sweet, silly, and energetic.



The Lone Ranger

31%

Bad news, Kemosabe: critics say Gore Verbinski‘s big-budget adaptation of The Lone Ranger is bombastic, overlong, and altogether misguided, stranding its strong cast in a plot that succumbs to jarring tonal shifts. Tonto (Johnny Depp) narrates the tale of the Lone Ranger (Arnie Hammer), a lawyer-cum-masked vigilante who vows revenge after a murderous psychopath kills his brother; what follows is a series of shootouts and chases against the picturesque backdrop of the old West. The pundits say Depp and Hammer are charming leads, but they’re surrounded by a film that can never decide whether it’s an action flick, a comedy, or a revisionist drama.

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

Universal finale PBS Polls and Games CMT CW Seed Ghostbusters Nominations Lifetime VICE USA The CW period drama SXSW GLAAD Teen dc Crackle Nat Geo Lionsgate CNN Superheroes Spike Sneak Peek DC Comics crime thriller First Look 24 frames spy thriller WGN Watching Series Photos composers YouTube Red Kids & Family 2016 21st Century Fox Pixar robots adventure Oscars Logo FXX Writers Guild of America Grammys crime drama 20th Century Fox politics GIFs YA Disney Awards Drama Podcast Comic Book Christmas Mindy Kaling cats Super Bowl hist cults 007 Acorn TV CBS Reality Competition harry potter war thriller boxoffice VH1 Paramount Network psycho El Rey Pirates Biopics Summer Fantasy Food Network social media SundanceTV Britbox Schedule cinemax Masterpiece 2017 BBC TCM crime Martial Arts TV Land History transformers sitcom Lucasfilm Countdown Marathons Winners FX FOX NBC Disney Channel Red Carpet USA Network Set visit TLC Dark Horse Comics Comedy Central Emmys Superheroe Election Star Wars Music CBS All Access Certified Fresh Pop ratings Action BET 45 technology political drama E! Horror Syfy Tomatazos what to watch Rom-Com Netflix Opinion serial killer Fall TV docudrama Western Sundance National Geographic MTV ABC ESPN Amazon TNT Creative Arts Emmys Showtime Bravo Cartoon Network science fiction ABC Family Thanksgiving vampires Nickelodeon Box Office cops zombies ITV TCA TBS diversity cooking medical drama LGBTQ Sci-Fi justice league zombie Infographic MSNBC dceu Esquire Winter TV singing competition Paramount OWN Star Trek A&E Shondaland police drama Musicals Adult Swim golden globes sports Sundance Now aliens Calendar Toys E3 Marvel Premiere Dates Year in Review DC streaming service romance Musical X-Men Animation Reality talk show historical drama See It Skip It Starz comiccon IFC Hulu President Mary Tyler Moore TV The Arrangement Rock DC Universe Best and Worst Holidays BBC America APB crossover SDCC supernatural Trailer Country AMC NYCC Sony Pictures binge DirecTV Interview American Society of Cinematographers biography Trivia 2015 PaleyFest Tumblr Rocky RT History Valentine's Day Mystery discovery Video Games Ellie Kemper Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt GoT travel Comedy unscripted Fox News Extras based on movie TCA 2017 Character Guide Spring TV HBO Warner Bros. Freeform IFC Films TruTV festivals TIFF Cosplay dramedy