Box art for The LEGO Movie

  The LEGO Movie

action & adventure, anime & animation, children & family


The LEGO movie follows Emmet, who is on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together, a journey for which he is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    96%
  • Audience Score
    87%

common sense

ON for kids age 6
Educational value
1 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Consumerism
5 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5

Hilarious toy tale plugs product but is nonstop fun.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The LEGO Movie is an action-packed animated family-friendly adventure following original and existing LEGO characters. Featuring an all-star voice cast and some of the brand's most popular figures (Batman, Superman, Gandalf, Wonder Woman, etc.), the inventive movie should appeal to all ages, from young Duplo players to teens who consider themselves Master Builders. Although there's nothing overly objectionable (a few mild exclamations like "dang," "heck," "stupid," and "darn"), there's definitely a lot of action and peril, plus quite a bit of violence with the villain's security forces shooting at the good guys, and a character getting "beheaded" (since minifig heads pop off) or erased (with nail polish remover). Kids will love seeing some of their favorite minifigures come to life, but of course they'll probably ask for the tie-in LEGO kits after the movie.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about movies based on toys. How does this one compare to the others, like Barbie or Transformers films? Does it make you want to get the LEGO characters portrayed in the movie?
  • The movie pokes fun at aspects of popular culture, like dumbed-down TV comedies, catchy pop songs, and overpriced coffee. What do you think the filmmakers are trying to say?
  • How can we all apply Vitruvius' lesson that everyone is special if we believe in our own talents and abilities?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    96%
    reviews counted: 20
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  • Audience

    87%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: What could easily have been test-marketed, corporate-processed crap ... instead becomes a surprisingly enjoyable and satisfyingly dense family entertainment that pays tribute to the spirit of free play and individuality.

- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Thursday, February 6, 2014

Fresh: 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.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Monday, March 3, 2014

Fresh: "The Lego Movie" is a massive collision of subversive humor, hyper-kinetic energy, mind-jangling design, spinning colors and about 15 million Legos, no exaggeration.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, February 6, 2014

Audience Reviews

4 stars

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.

- YLOWBSTARDreturns, Sunday, March 30, 2014

3 stars

An amusing movie, but not enough to keep me entertained right to the end of the movie. It's a creative and very imaginative story that sends a clear message.

- FiLmCrAzY, Thursday, February 27, 2014

5 stars

i didn't mind the over-the-top product placement. In fact I admire it. The pace was quick. The characters well drawn. I especially like the blow-up-Lego scenes. Wonderful effects with Legos as water and steam. The only real issue I had was that I thought the story had conflicting messages--well at least in my own personal ideological world and I would give away too much of the plot to discuss it. But that's a nit pick. It's enjoyable and somehow inspiring. Just for the record: a couple of kids were bawling their heads off, so I'm not sure it captured the under 4 yo set. Just like Legos.

- bathshebamonk, Wednesday, February 26, 2014