All Illumination Movies, Ranked by Critics’ Scores

Founded just over a decade ago in 2007, Illumination studio stole hearts from the get-go with Despicable Me, which has spawned an entertainment empire including two movie sequels and a Minions spin-off for its ubiquitous endearing/annoying yellow boys.

The Minions, characters from the Despicable Me series, are the studio’s mascots.

Now, we’re ranking every Illumination movie by critics’ scores from best to worst!

Despicable Me (2010)

Tomatometer: 81% – Metascore: 72

Starring: Animation, Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews

Directed By: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

Tomatometer: 75% – Metascore: 62

Starring: Animation, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove

Directed By: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Tomatometer: 72% – Metascore: 61

Starring: Animation, Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper

Directed By: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney

Sing (2016)

Tomatometer: 71% – Metascore: 59

Starring: Animation, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson

Directed By: Garth Jennings, Christophe Lourdelet

Sing 2 (2021)

Tomatometer: 71% – Metascore: 49

Starring: Animation, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton

Directed By: Garth Jennings

Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022)

Tomatometer: 71% – Metascore: 56

Starring: Animation, Steve Carell, Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, RZA

Directed By: Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson, Jonathan del Val

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)

Tomatometer: 60% – Metascore: 55

Starring: Animation, Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford, Eric Stonestreet

Directed By: Chris Renaud, Jonathan del Val

Despicable Me 3 (2017)

Tomatometer: 59% – Metascore: 49

Starring: Animation, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove

Directed By: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, Eric Guillon

Dr.Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

Tomatometer: 59% – Metascore: 51

Starring: Animation, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones, Pharrell Williams

Directed By: Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier

Minions (2015)

Tomatometer: 55% – Metascore: 56

Starring: Animation, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney

Directed By: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (2012)

Tomatometer: 54% – Metascore: 46

Starring: Animation, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift

Directed By: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda

Hop (2011)

Tomatometer: 24% – Metascore: 41

Starring: Animation, James Marsden, Russell Brand, Kaley Cuoco, Hank Azaria

Directed By: Tim Hill