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Steve Carell is the LeBron James of comedy.

Hear us out. He is a spectacular talent known for his work in a scrappy city short on glamour (Scranton doesn't even have an NBA team!) Carell, like King James, has also announced he's making himself available to new teams. And both will have career milestones this week. So we pretty much know where LeBron has decided to go (it was so obvious! Or not.) Now Carell might be this year's movie MVP if he pulls off his second hit of 2010 with 'Despicable Me' in 3D.

Appearing earlier this year as Tina Fey's hapless hubby in 'Date Night', Carell turns sinister for 'Despicable' as the menacing, hunched Gru. Or rather, he'd like to be seen as sinister. Seems he's consistently fallen short of supervillain status, poor Gru. But if his plan to steal the moon is successful, it will surely put him among the bad guy greats. Steve Carell is the LeBron James of comedy.

Hear us out. He is a spectacular talent known for his work in a scrappy city short on glamour (Scranton doesn't even have an NBA team!) Carell, like King James, has also announced he's making himself available to new teams. And both will have career milestones this week. So we pretty much know where LeBron has decided to go (it was so obvious! Or not.) Now Carell might be this year's movie MVP if he pulls off his second hit of 2010 with 'Despicable Me' in 3D.

Appearing earlier this year as Tina Fey's hapless hubby in 'Date Night', Carell turns sinister for 'Despicable' as the menacing, hunched Gru. Or rather, he'd like to be seen as sinister. Seems he's consistently fallen short of supervillain status, poor Gru. But if his plan to steal the moon is successful, it will surely put him among the bad guy greats.

Will Vector (voiced by Jason Segel), a fellow wannabe villain, get to the moon first? Can three adorable orphan girls (one voiced by 'iCarly's Miranda Cosgrove) appeal to Gru's good side? Is the naughty Russell Brand still Russell Brand in PG 3D (he plays Gru's sidekick Dr. Nefario)? Would you believe Gru's meanie Mom is voiced by Julie Andrews?

Good reviews will certainly help 'Despicable's destiny, especially as it faces a market already full of kids' fare ('The Last Airbender' and 'Toy Story 3', the latter going strong after nearly a month.) Let's see if the critics found 'Despicable' a slam dunk.

The Hollywood Reporter: "'Despicable' takes a playful poke at supervillains. Wouldn't you know, they turn out to be poor fellows beset with Mommy and Daddy issues. [ ... ] 'Despicable' doesn't measure up to Pixar at its best. Nonetheless, it's funny, clever and warmly animated with memorable characters."

Rolling Stone: "Steve Carell uses a hilarious Hungarian accent to voice the role of Gru, the despicable villain at the heart of Despicable Me. Carell's genius for loading a comic line with mirth and malice is on joyous display in this 3D animated feature that brims over with charm and spirit."

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Entertainment Weekly: "A big, bad but reformable meanie meets his match in a pint-size trio of orphaned sisters in 'Despicable Me.' And lo, another 3D animated kid movie demonstrates that cartoon storytelling pitched to young people is the last, best refuge of sprightly filmmaking this hard, hot summer. [ ... ] Grade: A- "

Roger Ebert: "The film is funny, energetic, teeth-gnashingly venomous and animated with an eye to exploiting the 3D process with such sure-fire techniques as a visit to an amusement park."

Chicago Tribune: "Is the movie itself good? Half-good, I'd say -- the second, more openly sentimental half. Ask any three people what 'Despicable Me' is about, and no matter how many teasers or trailers they may have seen, they'll have a hard time bluffing. Mean fellow who's secretly nice? Little goggle-eyed pill-shaped thingies? Orphans? Supervillains vying for dominance? All of the above."