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Megamind Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

More minor than mega. Read full review

4.0

Jen Yamato Profile

Evil goes soul-searching. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    63

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Has some funny moments, silly mispronunciations and comical socio-political references. But it suffers from being the second animated movie this year to feature a dastardly villain for a hero.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Megamind is snappy good fun.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Too goofy-surreal to pack a lot of emotional punch, but it's antically light on its feet, with 3-D images that have a lustrous, gizmo-mad sci-fi clarity.

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  • See all Megamind reviews at Metacritic.com

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Clever animated superhero story is fun, not too scary.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated comedy flips the typical superhero formula on its head by focusing on supervillain Megamind (voiced by Will Ferrell), who doesn't quite know what to do with himself after the fall of his arch-rival supehero (Brad Pitt). Overall, the movie is age-appropriate for young grade-schoolers and up. There's one scene in which a character's supposed skeleton is shown and his death alleged, but other than that, the violence is all quite cartoonish and not particularly realistic or scary, and the 3-D isn't as intense as it is in some other animated movies. The language is also quite tame ("butt" and that sort of thing), but there's some romantic tension, and a couple holds hands, flirts, and eventually kisses. Most little kids won't understand the movie's general theme that good can't exist without evil and vice versa, but it's a fascinating concept to introduce to older children. Special note: Parents of younger kids should know that characters in the movie state that the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny don't exist.

  • Families can talk about the nature of good and evil. Do all superheroes need a supervillain nemesis? What happens after the hero is eliminated (or even the villain)? Can a hero exist in the absence of evil, and vice versa?
  • Metro Man says everyone has a choice whether to be the hero or not. Do you think that's true?
  • Can you think of other heroes who are different from the usual type? What are some examples?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Kids will learn the concept that where there is evil, "good" will rise up to face it and (hopefully) defeat it. Roxanne also asserts that it's not how someone looks that matters but the content of their character and their actions.

  • message true3

    Messages: The movie's primary message is that we all have a choice about how we act, and it is our actions, not our past, that determine what kind of person we are. The "duality of man" is also a major theme, as Megamind is both a hero and a villain throughout the film. The idea that good needs evil and vice versa is a sophisticated philosophical one, but it's handled in a child-friendly way throughout the movie.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Roxanne is a positive role model -- she's brave, kind, funny, and willing to see Megamind's potential and not just all the awful things he's done in the past. (That said, he is a villain ...)

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: Cartoonish violence including explosions, the apparent death of a superhero, a glimpse of a skeleton, and several aerial battles.

  • sex false2

    Sexy stuff: Roxanne flirts with Metro Man and later both Megamind and his alter ego. They hold hands and hug, he carries her, and they eventually kiss. Before they get to know each other, Megamind calls Roxanne a "temptress."

  • language false1

    Language: Some use of rude words/insults like "butt," "loser," and the like, plus "oh God" (as an exclamation).

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Nothing notable in the movie, but there are off-screen tie-ins to fast food, candy, and other products.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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