"Minions" is every bit as cute as it's supposed to be, a happily empty-headed animated frolic that rarely pauses to take a breath.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2015-07-10
"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.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 2015-07-09
Minions may just be an excuse to cash in on the phenomenal success of the Despicable Me franchise (Part 3 already has a release date: June 30, 2017), but as crass commercial enterprises go, this prequel gives its all.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2015-07-09
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.
Brian Truitt, USA Today, 2015-07-09
As you would expect, the script - there is one, sort of - feels as if it was written to fill the blanks in a Mad Libs story.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2015-07-09
I got tired of this joke before the movie ended, but I appreciate the gusto with which the filmmakers -- particularly Coffin, with his nimble vocalizations -- carried it out.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2015-07-16
With its episodic stream of slapstick gags, Minions has moments of piquant absurdity, but mostly its shrill-but-cutesy anarchy works as a visual sugar rush for the preschool set.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, 2015-07-13
Fittingly, because they're pill-shaped, the Minions work best in small doses.
Christy Lemire, ChristyLemire.com, 2015-07-12
There's plenty of high-velocity comic inanity on display to keep kids happily diverted. But the movie's major flaw is an extension of its own premise: Search as they may, the minions never find a villain worthy of their subservience.
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, 2015-07-12
It's not whether this prequel can mint money; that's a given. The questions is: Can the minions carry a movie all by their mischievous mini-selves? 'Fraid not.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2015-07-10
Inconsistent and undisciplined, Minions is more an adjunct to marketing than a legitimate motion picture.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2015-07-09
While "Minions" explores nominally new narrative ground, it folds neatly into a series that now includes two features, various shorts, books, video games, sheet music and a theme park attraction. So, you know, different but also the same.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 2015-07-09
Impressive as it is that the filmmakers get so much comedic mileage out of their characters' half-intelligible prattling, the conventional dialogue is bafflingly flat.
Tom Russo, Boston Globe, 2015-07-09
The begoggled, capsule-shaped, banana-colored scamps who stole the show in two installments of the popular Despicable Me franchise deserved something better than this indifferently animated, catch-as-catch-can venture in comedic chaos.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, 2015-07-09
Few gags hit solidly. Minions relies on mayhem too often - too loud, too much and too pointless.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, 2015-07-09
A loud, frenetic kid pleaser, though parents' brains may short-circuit.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday, 2015-07-09
"Minions" is product, pure and simple. Little kids will love it, but grown-ups will feel like they're being held hostage in a Fisher-Price test laboratory.
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2015-07-09
Despite the dizzying pace of carefully calibrated incongruities, "Minions" somehow never generates more than the occasional chuckle.
Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic, 2015-07-09
I, too, once enjoyed the Minions, in the small doses that they came in. But the extra-strength "Minions" is, for better or for worse, too much of a good thing.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2015-07-09
The bottom line is that the filmmakers are working with nothing here - no characters to speak of, no interpersonal relationships, no story with any suspense or capacity to engage, and no script with any humor or wit. What can they do?
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2015-07-09