The Lego Batman Movie

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The Lego Batman Movie continues its block-buster franchise's winning streak with another round of dizzyingly funny -- and beautifully animated -- family-friendly mayhem.



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In the irreverent spirit of fun that made "The LEGO (R) Movie" a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble - LEGO Batman - stars in his own big-screen adventure: "The LEGO (R) Batman Movie." But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

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Will Arnett
as Batman/Bruce Wayne
Michael Cera
as Robin/Dick Grayson
Rosario Dawson
as Batgirl/ Barbara Gordon
Ralph Fiennes
as Alfred Pennyworth
Mariah Carey
as Mayor McCaskill
Jenny Slate
as Harley Quinn
as 'Puter
Conan O'Brien
as The Riddler
Zoë Kravitz
as Catwoman
Kate Micucci
as Clayface
Riki Lindhome
as Poison Ivy
Eddie Izzard
as Voldemort
Seth Green
as King Kong
Ellie Kemper
as Phyllis
Jonah Hill
as Green Lantern
Adam DeVine
as The Flash
Hector Elizondo
as Jim Gordon
Lauren White
as Chief O'Hara
David Burrows
as Anchorman Phil
Laura Kightlinger
as Reporter Pippa
Brent Musberger
as Reporter #1
Ralph Garman
as Reporter #2
Chris Hardwick
as Reporter #3
Todd Hansen
as Captain Dale
Chris McKay
as Pilot Bill
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All Critics (304) | Top Critics (56) | Fresh (272) | Rotten (32)

  • Emotion can reside in the unlikeliest packages. But there's not a lot of it on show here. The animation, however, is terrific and fans of the original should love it.

    Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • What's missing is any trace of 1980s-style punk cynicism to underpin the pop playfulness; instead, there's a complacency which is death to humour.

    Mar 29, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The Lego Batman Movie works precisely because it knows audiences are sick of its hero. It's a reassessment, an intervention, an effort to try and remember what's fun about him.

    Feb 15, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The sequel of sorts... is not quite as good, but at its best, it has the same whiplash wit and inspired freneticism.

    Feb 10, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • The thing about a sequel or a spinoff, even a mostly fun one like The LEGO Batman Movie, is that it's hard to recreate enthusiasm and inventiveness. What was once new is now, already, routine.

    Feb 10, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Overall, The Lego Batman Movie offers enough action and silliness to enthrall children while providing sufficient pop culture and Batman-through-the-years references to keep adults entertained.

    Feb 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Lego Batman Movie

  • Aug 30, 2018
    What the fuck is this??? I've seen two good DC movies in a row??? What??? Has hell frozen over, it must have, because this hasn't happened, really, ever. At least to me. Seriously though, it should be noted that, as a young boy, my favorite superheroes were Batman and Wolverine. I dressed up as both many times, mostly Batman than the latter. To this day, if you were to ask me who would be my favorite superhero, I'd still say Batman. In my opinion The Dark Knight is the best superhero movie of all time. Or rather, I should say, my favorite of them all. It is a thing of crime drama beauty that transcends the limitations of the genre. It's also one of my favorite movies ever to boot. And, as a whole, The Dark Knight trilogy is tremendous and, in my opinion (again), no superhero franchise has even come close, MCU or otherwise. Having said all of that, as much as I did love the Dark Knight trilogy, I felt that whoever took up the mantle of Batman needed to take the franchise and the character in a completely different direction. We already saw the dark and brooding Batman and I don't think anyone can top what Nolan and his crew did with the character, so why even bother? To avoid the inevitable comparisons, you would have needed to move away from that. The comparisons will always be made, I mean it's Batman, but the less the continuation is like what came before it, the more you avoid those comparisons. They're completely different versions of the character, so they can't be judged the same. That's why it was immensely disappointing that DC continued with the dark and brooding Bat but with Ben Affleck under the cowl instead of Christian Bale. I had no problem with Affleck as Batman, despite many people's complaints about his casting, what I had a problem with was keeping the same dark tone of Nolan's version. I remember saying, before this movie came out, that the new Batman needed to be silly and goofy. He needed to be a more comical character. Now I'm not saying that he needed to be silly like Batman and Robin was in 1997, the movie that killed Batman as a film franchise for 8 years. That movie was terrible, if a complete campfest. You can be silly and good, Deadpool has proven it two times already. I'm not saying Batman needed to become Deadpool, but that's a good template to follow in terms of silliness but, at the same time, remaining a quality movie. And, to me, The Lego Batman Movie is what comes closest to that vision I had of a sillier Batman. Realistically speaking, to me, this is more canon Batman than DCEU's continued attempts to replicate what came before in terms of the Batman character. But, let's get on with this shall we? With that out of the way, it should be noted that the movie THIS version of Batman first appeared in (The Lego Movie) is fantastic. I don't know why I felt the needed to point that out, but there you go. You know, the thing about most Batman movies is that, quite frankly, a lot of them are afraid to be compared to what came before. And I understand that, they're attempting to do their own thing while attempting to add to the character's legacy. With that said and not saying that, at least as I can remember, there's no real nod or wink to what came before in most, if any, of the previous Batman movies. Though, to be fair, I haven't kept up with the most recent incarnation of the character and, quite frankly, I'm not that interested. Regardless, I think this movie does something that's quite cool. And that is the fact that, while it does its own thing that's unique to it, it's also a movie that pays tribute to every incarnation of Batman out there. In fact, technically speaking, this Bruce Wayne/Batman in this movie, is supposed to be the same Bruce Wayne/Batman that Adam West portrayed in the 60s. And I find that that's cool, because, while it's certainly silly to suggest that Batman is, like, close to 80 years old (if not older) and he hasn't aged at all, it, at the same time, pays respect to what came before. One very funny gag in the movie is when Alfred, early on, points out that he's worried about Batman's behavior, he says that he's seen Bruce go through similar phases in 2016, 2012, 2008, 2005, 1997, 1995, 1992, 1989 and 'that weird one' in 1966 (complete with footage of Adam West dancing with some Egyptians, I think). Of course, the years just mentioned are the years in which every Batman movie has been released. Very self-referential indeed, but I feel that it works regardless. The film is sort of framed as this break-up between Batman and The Joker and how Batman doesn't need the Joker or how the Joker isn't even Batman's #1 enemy or he means nothing to Batman. You could say it's a 'hate story' in that Joker, being offended at all of this, reunites the world's biggest villains (Sauron, Voldemort, King Kong, Gremlins, among others) in order to destroy Gotham and, maybe, just maybe, be someone of importance in Batman's life. All The Joker wants is for the Batman to hate him, is that so bad? So yes, it starts off very silly, but I do very much like the narrative path the movie chooses to take. Which might sound weird to say about a movie as silly, heavy on the pop-culture references and self-referential as this, but I'm saying it. Batman leads a very lonely existence in his manor. He has no friends, he has no family (outside of Alfred) and he has no love life. He refuses to let anyone in because he doesn't want to deal with the pain of losing them if it ever came to that. This is, of course, as a result the fact that his parents were murdered at a very young age. So, while the movie is sticks to its very silly humor, I do find that they explore some of Batman's issues of loss and abandonment better than some of the major installments in the film franchise. So, in that regard, I find that the narrative in this movie is a really strong one. Because, of course, Bruce unknowingly adapts Dick Grayson who, of course, becomes Robin. So he has to deal with raising this kid and letting him team up when, usually, he works alone. Yes, it might surprise some of you, but this movie does, in fact, have some strong character development. Some of you may see it as a little heavy-handed, exploring this dynamic of Batman opening up his heart to people and letting them in, becoming part of a family again (which is his greatest fear...or clown snakes, I know it's one or the other). Perhaps the one thing that I like about this movie, which was a major part of the original Lego Movie, is the fact that this feels like a movie a kid would make, playing with his Lego toys. This is proven by the fact that the sound effects for guns, cars, gadgets, etc, etc are made by the actors themselves. It's such a goofy little gag, but it works in this setting. The humor is certainly all over the place, and not every joke hits, but a damn good chunk of them do. The animation is gorgeous. I think part of me almost forgot how damn strong the animation was in The Lego Movie, but this movie never fails to impress with how detailed its animation actually is. World is colorful, vibrant and full of personality. The voice acting is also top-notch. Will Arnett does a great job as Batman, Michael Cera is wildly entertaining as are Zach Galifianakis and Rosario Dawson. No problems with that either. If there's one surprising bit about the movie is how much action there is and how good it is too. It's not that, of course, it's gonna change the world or anything of the sort, but it very good. In short, it should be obvious, that I found this movie to be a lot of fun from beginning to end. I don't think it comes close to surpassing The Lego Movie but, at the same time, it really doesn't have to or even try. All it needed to do was to prove that you can do a goofy and comical Batman without it being terrible or an embarrassment to legacy of the character. But, yea, this really is a blast of a movie. The story of Batman finally getting the family he so desperately wants (but denies that he does) is really sweet and effective. The movie is consistently funny, the animation is top-notch and the voice acting is great. While I wouldn't say that this is a great movie, I think it falls a little short of that, this is still a very good and, mosty importantly, a massively entertaining movie. While the DCEU isn't gonna see dramatic changes, I hope they look at this movie's success (creatively and commercially) and realize that comedy is not something to shy away from. It will only help make their movies better. With that said, this movie still isn't for everybody, so if you're a Batman purist, this isn't going to be your cup of tea. But if you're looking to have a good time, then this is easily recommended.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2018
    Building off of the block-busting success of the The LEGO Movie, a fun-tastic merging of snark and family friendly that was everything a flick about a plaything should be, this Dark Knight rises to even greater heights thanks to its innate ability to satisfy both kids and the kids in all of us. In this PG-rated animated piece of pop-art, a cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne (Will Arnett) must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan (Michael Vera) who wishes to become his sidekick. With The LEGO Batman Movie, WB and DC Comics zero in on a more cohesive, entertaining, and character-driven flick than the best parts of the Caped Crusader's most recent appearance, Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was also funny but for entirely wrong reasons. In winning fashion, LEGO Batman goes so far as to even tease audiences with a riffy retelling of the Dark Knight's long strange trip through pop culture history. Of course, the funhouse tone and LEGO Batman's hilariously self-absorbed 'voice' have slowly been developed in both video game form and in The LEGO Movie before being built upon here, but this standalone truly kicks this version of the character up a quantum notch. This brings up another impressive point: This iteration is based on a toy and video game--two nearly impossible thresholds to pass when it comes to adaptations. What's more amazing is that there are five writers listed for this adaptation (Seth Grahame-Smith, of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter non-fame, gets story credit), which is usually a bad sign that too many cooks are spoiling the broth. Instead, it would appear that each screenwriter used their specific gifts to work on developing and strengthening the many individual characters in this soup. Indeed, the multitude of LEGO figurines pulled from the Zeitgeist could've very easily made for an overwhelming candy-colored experience, but this is never allowed to happen to any blockhead big or small. Hell, even the walk-ons don't get the short-shrift. Supporting players and cameos abound in this, a gleeful extension of the DC Universe in which Harry Potter and Doctor Who get to play (everybody from Superman and Alfred the Butler to Voldemort and Daleks take part in the monkey business). Somehow, all of the pieces fit together wonderfully, especially the story, voices, and - most importantly - the sumptuous animation. Sure, the obligatory message that accompanies an All Audiences feature (in this case--the importance of friendship) gets laid on thick but the movie's snarky zippy delivery keeps the tongues of all involved planted firmly in cheek. What they've given us is a riff on a specific piece of pop culture that further riffs on pop culture in general. The only possible deficit is that some of the jokes may not age well, but most of the brands included have already stood the test of time. With franchise fatigue setting in for audiences in regards to some series, moviegoers are right to be wary when it comes to broadening The LEGO Movie into offshoots. If Batman is any indication, however, LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Marvel would be welcome additions on the block if they approach their brand with the same well-rounded level of art, appreciation, and zaniness. To Sum It All Up: Super, Friends
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2017
    When the first Lego movie came out a few years ago, I thought it was a revelation in the animation industry. Both the movies and the video games are expertly executed with Lego pieces flying everywhere! It was only right that Lego continued the trend by adding a cannonized Lego Batman movie to the historic ranks of the fearsome crime fighter. It was thoroughly enjoying to see the flawless animations and voice acting back in Lego form, however, I wasn't quite as enamored with this installment as I was the first. Will Arnett has become a mainstay in the voice-acting community for his unique deep bass, so it only made perfect sense to have him as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Michael Cera and his boyish high pitch were great for Robin and Zack Galifianakis's zany yet distinct voice was a solid casting for the Joker. Those three stand out as our primary characters as their relationships weave in and out of one another. To hilarious affect, the movie is mostly centered around The Joker and Batman's relationship, but it's played to resemble more of an actual love relationship than a heated one. The other centralized theme running in this movie is Batman/Bruce Wayne's ability to have friends and/or family in his life. There are certainly childish messages underlying throughout the film, but seeing it all play out in Lego form is what makes it more endearing or charming than anything else for someone over the age of 10. My only gripe was the pace of which the film moved. The first Lego movie had a centralized plot surrounding its main character that introduced side Lego characters you could grow accustomed to. In Batman, we have so many characters on screen with so much happening so fast, it felt a little rushed in just over 90 minutes. These Lego movies opened up a new window for Hollywood's artistic and animated talent to express themselves. Whether it's by stop-motion or pure CGI, there are so many avenues Hollywood can take in Lego form, you feel like every one of them could be a winner.
    Lane Z Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2017
    This shouldn't be amusing and yet here we are.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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