The Lego Ninjago Movie Reviews

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October 12, 2017
Just as Toy Story did by featuring an owner of the toys, it reminds us that these films are about play and imagination. Yes, they're also effectively feature-length adverts for Lego, but this is rampant capitalism at its most arch and entertaining.
September 27, 2017
The storytelling is uneven and may be difficult to understand for the younger demographic. However, that target audience will still connect to the frenetic battle scenes, sophomoric humor (butt jokes, anyone?) and engaging characters.
September 22, 2017
I won't give away one of the best gags, but the sight of a giant cat causing mayhem in a city built of LEGOs definitely makes up for some of the film's less inspired passages.
September 22, 2017
Despite comically inspired vocal performances from Justin Theroux and Dave Franco as nutjob Lego versions of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, the action and jokes pile up with exhausting repetitiveness.
September 22, 2017
It all snaps together easily, just like it says on the box.
September 21, 2017
There's no there there, and the film never seems to know what it's playing with besides the idea of movies in general.
Top Critic
September 21, 2017
Just three movies in, the Lord/Miller LEGO genre is showing signs of exhaustion.
September 21, 2017
The bloom is definitely off the brick. The anarchic spirit and spitball humour of The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie have been replaced by characters and gags from a faulty assembly line.
September 21, 2017
Everything is still mostly awesome.
September 21, 2017
Often, "The Lego Ninjago Movie" feels like it's obeying the conventions of throwaway entertainment when it should be making more of an effort to comment on it.
September 21, 2017
At its best, it recycles elements from The LEGO Movie in ways that feel cheap and redundant. At its worst, it's a tedious bore.
September 21, 2017
The pieces are all there, but they never really snap into place.
September 21, 2017
"The LEGO Ninjago Movie" is a worthwhile entry into this growing universe, expanding it but not really evolving it. It's fun, but not especially memorable.
September 21, 2017
"Lego Ninjago" has three directors, with eight credited writers. An honest effort is still being made, but the committee approach is felt on screen.
September 21, 2017
"Ninjago" is such a carbon copy that it barely counts as its own movie.
September 21, 2017
The franchise's toy-brick animated aesthetic remains visually addictive, but there's not much else that stands out in this cheery trifle, which credits as many writers as "The LEGO Movie" and "The LEGO Batman Movie" combined.
September 20, 2017
I'm sorry to report that the Lego movie enterprise has lapsed into intentional mediocrity.
September 20, 2017
The plot sticks relentlessly to the most reductive version of the 'hero's journey' formula.
September 20, 2017
Warner Bros. animation has finally made the uninspired Lego cartoon that so many people were expecting from The Lego Movie back in early 2014.
September 20, 2017
This mini-franchise may be running out of steam.
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