Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Feb 7, 2014
    100
    Everything in The Lego Movie is, indeed, awesome.
  2. 100
    The LEGO Movie is the kind of animated free-for-all that comes around very rarely, if ever: A kids’ movie that matches shameless fun with razor-sharp wit, that offers up a spectacle of pure, freewheeling joy even as it tackles the thorniest of issues.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Feb 6, 2014
    100
    The movie is a wonderful surprise, cleverly written and executed brick by brick with a visual panache.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Feb 6, 2014
    100
    The funniest, cleverest, most exhaustingly exhilarating animated feature in ages.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 6, 2014
    100
    The jokes fly at a pace demanding viewers to either refrain from laughing (highly unlikely) or see The Lego Movie again to catch all the wondrous sights and amiable wit sliding by the first time.
  6. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Feb 5, 2014
    100
    It's hard to think of the last time a Pixar film made you go ''Wow!'' That's part of why The LEGO Movie is such outrageous and intoxicating fun.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 5, 2014
    100
    Finally! A comedy that works.
  8. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Feb 3, 2014
    100
    The Lego Movie is an absolute blast—a whip-smart, surprisingly emotional family film where the toy property is seen less as a concrete template than a tool for seemingly limitless potential.
  9. 100
    It’s a non-stop blast from beginning to end, jam-packed with a wacky irreverence, dazzling state-of-the-art CGI (courtesy of Animal Logic) and a pitch-perfect voice cast headed by Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Ferrell.
  10. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Feb 6, 2014
    91
    Like the toy it's based on, it's goofy and colorful and something adults and children can enjoy together.
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Feb 6, 2014
    90
    Fast-paced, often hilarious fun and involves an imaginative and deeply weird use of cutting-edge digital animation.
  12. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Feb 6, 2014
    90
    The Lego Movie is strikingly, exhilaratingly, exhaustingly fresh.
  13. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Feb 5, 2014
    90
    The Lego Movie is a delight, a funny, fast-moving film that should satisfy adults and children alike.
  14. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Feb 4, 2014
    90
    Lord and Miller do great work within constraints, taking pre-made pieces and fashioning them into feats worthy of applause. It's no wonder they made a Lego movie — and it's no wonder it's so good.
  15. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Feb 10, 2014
    88
    This is truly a movie that children and their parents can both enjoy for different reasons.
  16. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 7, 2014
    88
    A wickedly smart and funny free-for-all, and sassy enough to shoot well-aimed darts at corporate branding.
  17. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Feb 6, 2014
    88
    A marvelous piece of work.
  18. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Feb 6, 2014
    88
    There are so many things to like about The Lego Movie: a great voice cast, clever dialogue and a handsome blend of stop-motion and CGI animation that feels lovingly retro, while still looking sharp in 21st-century 3-D. But the best thing about this movie... is its subversive nature.
  19. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Feb 6, 2014
    88
    The first great cinematic experience of 2014.
  20. Reviewed by: Bill Zwecker
    Feb 4, 2014
    88
    The visuals are spectacular, the 3D technology is artfully used and the storyline is jam-packed with so many funny lines, it’s hard to catch all the jokes that are delivered in rapid-fire succession.
  21. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Feb 6, 2014
    83
    Just plain funny, loaded with joke after joke and pun after pun.
  22. Reviewed by: Kevin McFarland
    Feb 5, 2014
    83
    Effervescent in style, conveying a substantive message without ever devolving into saccharine preachiness.
  23. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Feb 18, 2014
    80
    An unexpected joy.
  24. Reviewed by: Joel Arnold
    Feb 7, 2014
    80
    The Lego Movie maybe be one giant advertisement, but all the way to its plastic-mat foundation, it's an earnest piece of work — a cash grab with a heart. Made for, with and about Legos, the movie is also made for, with and about imagination, and when that association seems completely natural, it's a win all around.
  25. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Feb 5, 2014
    80
    For a film that clearly required a small army to make, it often feels thrillingly off-the-cuff, which keeps with The Lego Movie’s themes of creativity and weirdness: Nobody’s following an instruction book with this one.
  26. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Feb 4, 2014
    80
    The LEGO Movie is sheer joy: the script is witty, the satire surprisingly pointed and the animation tactile and imaginative.
  27. Reviewed by: Matt Maytum
    Feb 3, 2014
    80
    Ridiculously funny and meticulously detailed, The LEGO Movie is far better than a toy tie-in movie has any right to be. Despite a couple of dips, you’ll be grinning throughout.
  28. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Feb 3, 2014
    80
    The Lego Movie is bursting out of its box with enthusiasm and excitement for the possibilities of a little pile of nubby plastic.
  29. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Feb 3, 2014
    80
    For a shot of pure forward-leaping, backward-dreaming animated pleasure, pick brick.
  30. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Feb 3, 2014
    80
    Phil Lord and Christopher Miller irreverently deconstruct the state of the modern blockbuster and deliver a smarter, more satisfying experience in its place, emerging with a fresh franchise for others to build upon.
  31. Reviewed by: Steve Davis
    Feb 5, 2014
    78
    The film is one big advertisement for the multicolored building blocks from which it’s made. The Lego Movie may be the shrewdest marketing ploy you’ve ever seen.
  32. 75
    No doubt, there is an uncomfortable number of logos being marketed to kids in the The Lego Movie, along with the obvious one that’s in the title, but the film as a whole is very much in the spirit of Cloud Cuckooland: It’s a place where the use of X-Acto blades and Krazy Glue breaks the rules but almost everything else goes.
  33. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Feb 6, 2014
    75
    The all-Lego adventure is warm and witty, showing flashes of satire.
  34. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Feb 6, 2014
    75
    A manic and at times surprising comedy that has more imagination and creativity than all the Transformers pictures combined.
  35. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Feb 4, 2014
    75
    The Lego Movie amuses and never fails to leave the viewer –especially adults — a little dazzled at the demented audacity of it all.
  36. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Feb 4, 2014
    63
    All told, there's an ageless warmth to The LEGO Movie akin to that of the LEGO brand itself.
  37. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Mar 3, 2014
    60
    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.
  38. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 6, 2014
    60
    The Lego Film has a specialness all its own. There's never been a hodgepodge quite like it.
  39. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 6, 2014
    60
    As full-length toy advertisements go, you really couldn’t ask for more.
  40. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Feb 6, 2014
    60
    The visual environment created by the filmmakers (Phil Lord and Christopher Miller of “21 Jump Street” wrote and directed; the animation is by Animal Logic) hums with wit and imagination... The story is a busy, slapdash contraption designed above all to satisfy the imperatives of big-budget family entertainment.
  41. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Feb 5, 2014
    50
    As cute and energetic as it is, The Lego Movie is more exhausting than fun, too unsure of itself to stick with any story thread for too long. The action scenes are enthusiastic, colorful but uninvolving, like an 8-year-old emptying a bucket of plastic blocks.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 728 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 200
  1. Feb 8, 2014
    10
    Easily the best movie of 2014, The lego movie offers fresh animation, awesome puns and many famous actors such as Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell and Morgan Freeman... I recommend this movie for immediate watch. Full Review »
  2. Feb 8, 2014
    10
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  3. Feb 10, 2014
    0
    Am i the only one that thought this movie was awful? At first, i honestly thought the animation was a joke and was waiting for it to change from 1970's style stop motion animation to something from 2014 but nope! It stayed like that the entire movie. I just couldnt enjoy the clunky way the characters moved and eventually fell asleep (thankfully). The only saving grace was the batman character which made me smile but i cant remember laughing out loud once. I tried people! i really did....it was the animation that totally killed it for me. Full Review »