The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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All Critics (17)
| Top Critics (5)
| Fresh (13)
| Rotten (4)
Ineffectual, irrelevant and amateurishly conceived from start to finish, this movie is so bad it could kill off Nancy Drew forever.
Lillis is ideally cast as Nancy, often cheerfully undercutting some of her character's more precocious proclamations, cracking smiles and reminding us that she's still a kid.
[Lillis is] the freshest thing to happen to Nancy Drew in decades, making it clear that casting was the solution that has so often eluded this series in its jump from page to screen in the past.
The Hidden Staircase ultimately fails to introduce the younger members of its audience to the pleasures of movie detective.
Clearly made by people who have thought through the material and tried to make it enjoyable and palatable, but the set-up at the end for further sequels feels a little too hopeful.
This is innocuous, pop entertainment and, taken on those grounds, it does the job just fine.
There's care with messages and relationships, delivering PG-rated entertainment directly to those who will appreciate it the most.
The film is entertaining and engaging enough to earn a recommendation for its target audience of young girls. (Full Content Review for Parents - Scary Scenes, etc. - also Available)
[T]his character comes across as an anachronism. Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase could have played that as a joke, but smartly, it doesn't.
As for the mystery of how good the movie is, the case is closed on a positive note.
Sparkling book adaptation has great characters, some scares.
For a franchise that has been so prolific and so popular over the decades, one might expect more screen adaptations. This new version points to a possible reason why: The stories are rather thin.
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