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The Lego Movie (2014)

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Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 192
Fresh: 185 | Rotten: 7

Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute gags, and a surprisingly thoughtful story, The Lego Movie is colorful fun for all ages.

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Average Rating: 8.3/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 1

Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute gags, and a surprisingly thoughtful story, The Lego Movie is colorful fun for all ages.

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"The LEGO (R) Movie" is the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO (R) adventure. The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet (Chris Pratt) an ordinary, rules- following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. (c) Warner Bros

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As a rule, movies about toys need to be approached with extreme caution; some of them have been bad enough to count as health hazards. This one is the exception.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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This is truly a movie that children and their parents can both enjoy for different reasons.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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The Lego Movie: Merely a great film, or the greatest film ever in the history of cinema?

February 9, 2014 Full Review Source: ChristyLemire.com
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The visuals are spectacular, the 3D technology is artfully used and the story is jam-packed with so many funny lines, it's hard to catch all the jokes that are delivered in rapid-fire succession -- constantly tweaking many popular culture icons.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The brightly-imagined Lego Movie is a wickedly smart and funny free-for-all, and sassy enough to shoot well-aimed darts at corporate branding.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
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A total gas--even if its message is that we should do as Lego says, not as Lego does.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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In what is sure to turn out to be this generation's Toy Story, this crazy-funny animated lark takes us into a hyper-happy world where everything is so awesome there's even a pop anthem called Everything is Awesome... fresh and fast and funny.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

... let's not pave all the roads with yellow bricks just yet.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

Delightful, inspired, affecting, utterly hilarious stuff, and certainly the first feature starring Batman to earn a couple of those compliments.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Just as the conceptual agility of The LEGO Movie never ceases to astonish - it will take at least three viewings to fully take in every last detail applied here - the visuals both innovate and resonate to heights only previously scaled by Pixar.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

it's worth your time to discover instead of me preempting by synopsis and/or recitation. I hate it when an internet post ends this way, but it's all you're going to get from this review: "Enjoy!"

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity
Newcity

A wry, playful and intelligent piece of filmmaking that, like Toy Story before it, rises far above its station.

April 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

The Lego Movie is woeful, forgettable and one of the great film disappointments of this decade.

April 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Dial M For Movies
Dial M For Movies

The Lego Movie is a brilliant technical achievement.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

It's fast, smart, really funny, full of great action and contains a song, 'Everything is Awesome', with the single catchiest hook in the history of songwriting. Seriously, in this movie at least, everything really is awesome.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: The Vine
The Vine

This is one of the most creative animated features in recent years. I never imagined that so much could be made from the concept.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

The giggle-inducing gags will infect humans of any age with their zany sense of humour.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

It's relieving to say that it brims with visual charm and creativity.

April 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Impulse Gamer
Impulse Gamer

State-of-the-art software has been used to make the characters look like actual plastic figurines brought to life through the magic of stop-motion animation. In other words, this is a digital movie with an analogue soul.

April 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

With all this going for the film, you can understand why Lego should be so pleased with it and why it's already had such world box-office success. But its relentless action and pounding soundtrack sent me out feeling battered rather than uplifted.

April 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

At its core, The Lego Movie is an ode to imagination, creativity and busting outside the status quo, so it's wholly fitting that the film itself - from its storytelling through to its superb animation - embodies these qualities beautifully.

March 30, 2014 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Teaming with life, the lifeless, virtually immovable figurines come alive and appear to move with all the dynamics of people, albeit smaller and cuter.

March 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A healthy dose of off-the-wall humour as the action speed-skates into overdrive, challenging and surprising us constantly as ideas veer left of centre

March 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Moving at the speed of the imagination it's a hyperactive adventure that breathlessly moves from crazy to bonkers.

March 26, 2014 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
The Popcorn Junkie

The richness of animated detail is more compelling than any substantive narrative insight.

March 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

You may not find yourself goofily grinning and laughing at any other film this year as you will during this and that's fitting because they just don't build too many movies like this anymore.

March 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

Audience Reviews for The Lego Movie

The level of imagination on display here, both visually and in terms of the film's obsessive craft and manic humor, is simply staggering. In it's own brash way, "The Lego Movie" is a work of inspired genius that never lets up and is consistently entertaining in a way that even some of the best animated pictures are not. It's unrelenting in it's dazzling, action packed set pieces, humor, references, and dedication to working for audiences of all ages. It doesn't stop hurling out new thing to look at and laugh along with. Right when I thought the movie had settled into a groove and wasn't going to show me anything new, a third act most existential came out of the blue and sent the "The Lego Movie" over the top; shattering expectations. Though it's aggressive styling can grow tiring, "The Lego Movie" doesn't reveal all it's cards early and entices us with what crazy/ subversive/ surprising idea it's going to toss our way next. Terrific as both a marketing gimmick and a breathless piece of pop entertainment.
March 30, 2014
YLOWBSTARDreturns

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This is a great film for kids, because it doesn't just stress that you should find something unique to define yourself by or that conformity is "lame." It goes on to say that whatever you like, whether it is the norm, or something fringe that no one understands, you can still be special. Everyone can be special, can try and succeed if they want to. That is a great message, and what better way to convey it than to have Lego figures spout it off. It also covers being treated well in relationships, parents listening to their kids, unity, and teamwork. The characters are really interesting, and the actors chosen for them are perfect. I mean, Will Arnett as Batman? Perfect! I especially loved besties Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as Superman and the Green Lantern, who bicker throughout like an old married couple. The villain was imaginative, the premise was great, and it included Legos in a fun and thoughtful way, unlike many other toy adaptation films of late. I didn't even mind the ending with the cut-ins, because they lent into the message of the story and was actually a really creative way to wrap everything up. I cannot recommend this more, whether for children or those who remember what it was like to lock blocks.
March 29, 2014
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

Cinephiles disagree on many things but product placement is generally not one of them. It's a particular pet hate of mine, so you could say I was apprehensive about seeing what is probably the biggest product placement movie of all time. It's ok though, I had a good long chat with the 10 year old me and we've agreed that it's ok, Lego is special. The writers of The Lego Movie know this and have made a film that not only understands the product, they also understand the fans. Lego is that rare toy that does feed the imagination as well as exercise the brain. Instruction vs. Imagination and the ability to excel at both. It's a pretty deep concept for a film about toys. The big revelation is nothing short of brilliant, combined with a great sense of humour and a well balanced mix of CGI and stop motion, it's an irresistible formula. That song though, it's still in my head after nearly a week and it's starting to hurt.
March 18, 2014
SirPant

Super Reviewer

In a world made of Legos, one incredibly average Lego-man is chosen by a prophecy to stop the evil President Business from freezing everything in Lego-land in perfect order with a giant glue gun. Despite the generic, brand-forward title, this is an extremely clever and entertaining comic adventure, probably the greatest toy commercial ever animated.
February 28, 2014
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    1. Emmet: You, don't have to be the bad guy.
    – Submitted by Matthew B (1 day ago)
    1. Batman: To the Batmobile! Dang it!
    2. Wonder Woman: To the invisible jet! Dang it!
    – Submitted by Lucas B (14 days ago)
    1. President Business: Hey, not so special anymore, huh? Well, guess what? No one ever told me I was special. I never got a trophy just for showing up! I'm not some special little snowflake, no! But as unspecial as I am, you are a thousand billion times more unspecial than me!
    – Submitted by Peyton M (29 days ago)
    1. Emmet: I think I just heard a whoosh.
    – Submitted by Tristan H (30 days ago)
    1. Han Solo: Come on, Chewie! Hit the hyperdrive!
    – Submitted by Marley B (35 days ago)
    1. President Business: Sorry it's just business... lord business.
    – Submitted by Matthew B (36 days ago)
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