Super-villain Gru (Carell) needs to steal a shrink-ray from rival Vector (Segel), to secure a loan from the Bank Of Evil. He adopts three cookie-selling orphans to smuggle shrink-ray-stealing mini robots into Vector's lair. But the responsibilities of parenthood cause him to question his evil priorities.
It's no first-rank CGI cartoon, but shows how Pixar's quality over crass is inspiring the mid-list. Fun, with teary bits, for kids; fresh and smart for adults.
Reviewed by Kim Newman
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