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Reviews: The Lego Movie (2014)

lego_movieReviews for this film from our members:

  • Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora [Spanish]
  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Cuatro años después de “Lluvia de albóndigas”, Phil Lord y Chris Miller proponen otra locura animada divertidísima, caótica y con un brutal nivel técnico. Y choca su abrazo a un palco adulto, por encima incluso de su universalidad.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: A spiritually literate animated film for people of all ages that affirms that everyone is special and everything is truly awesome
  • Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: “The Lego Movie” is the first really awesome film of 2014. If you’re old enough to play with the toys, it’s a must-see, and there’s no age too old for the film.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: After the most uninspired year for American animated features in recent memory, 2014 starts off promisingly with writer/directors Phil Lord & Christopher Miller’s stylish, inventive and funny ode to the world of Lego…
  • [New – 3/19/15] | Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: The key to what makes the film work as more than just cross-promotion is that co-writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have not just made a film using Lego, but a film about Lego. They understand that the appeal of those simple blocks, the thing that has kept generations of children playing with them, is that they allow for boundless creativity.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: THE LEGO MOVIE still aims for both kids and their parents, but doesn’t appear to make any concessions in its quest to win both over. That’s a major achievement for a movie that, from the outset, looks like a thinly veiled attempt to simply promote a toy.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: No está mal, pero tampoco es como para tirar cohetes.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
    • Excerpt: THE LEGO MOVIE is the real deal, awesome from beginning to end, and a blast for audiences of all ages.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [I]t’s an exhilarating, absolute joy to watch it all come together.
  • Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators
    • Excerpt: Everything as awesome! And cliched…unapologetically so.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: The awesome, audacious concept cleverly snaps together, proving ordinary can be extraordinary.
  • Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register
    • Excerpt: Does everything you expect a movie like this to do, but it also does a great deal you don’t expect, subverting clichés, taking roads less traveled and even tiptoeing into theological wonder.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: There are rapid fire bullets, frantic chases, and flying machines – all rendered in a kaleidoscopic spectacle bursting with colors. Sometimes it’s so chaotic it verges on distracting, but it’s impressive as well.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation
    • Excerpt: … let’s not pave all the roads with yellow bricks just yet.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: You’ve seen this all before — it’s Toy Story meets The Matrix — just not done in Legos.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: For different reasons, “The LEGO Movie” works on a deeper level for both kids and adults, embracing the power of imagination and creating a rewarding emotional center that parents will most likely appreciate the most. Basically, everything is awesome!
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: What ostensibly is a commercial ploy to sell toys, The Lego Movie also attempts to sell a story that is antithetical to its mere existence, at least superficially. The film is a study in contrasts that straddles the line between crass commercialism and creative independence.
  • Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: Why is it in this relatively new year that the best characters in a film so far happen to be made of plastic?
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: The best toy-turned-movie since ‘Clue’.
  • Francis Rizzo III @
    • Excerpt: There aren’t many films that offer a better time for all members of the audience than The Lego Movie, an all-out blast of fun that gives way to some morals and heartfelt emotion.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Oscars
    • Excerpt: “The LEGO Movie” is a happy and exhilarating ball of fun. It’s a bright, colorful, quick-witted adventure that stretches the animated form as far as it can possibly go.
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: It’s incredible how well they were able to take everything great about Legos and create a film that matches the endless possibilities of imagination associated with them.
  • Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: There’s a strong subtext of socio-political resistance at play in “The Lego Movie.” It may be the first mainstream animated resistance film ever made by a Hollywood studio.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Even those who have never touched the little plastic blocks should find it unexpectedly enjoyable.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 10:58 am

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