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The Times' Betsy Sharkey writes, "'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." The film benefits from "a cast that knows precisely how to play with a good line," including
Sharkey adds, "If you're wondering if the film plays like a 90-plus-minute commercial, strangely it does not. … 'The Lego Movie' is strikingly, exhilaratingly, exhaustingly fresh. Not plastic at all."
He adds, "The keys to the movie’s absurdly high enjoyment factor are its exuberance, timing, wit, and willingness to stoop to its source — or kneel on the carpet looking for lost bricks, as the case may be."
Michael O'Sullivan of the
For O'Sullivan, the best thing about the movie is its subversive nature. With its rule-breaking spirit, "The Lego Movie" undermines, "with delightful results, the hegemony of a creative toy that comes with its own set of inflexible rules."
Claudia Puig of
A contradiction in the film, Scott says, is that its "overt message is that you should throw out the manuals and follow the lead of your own ingenuity, improvising new combinations for the building blocks in front of you. But the movie itself follows a fairly strict and careful formula, thwarting its inventive potential in favor of the expected and familiar. But of course that tension lurks in every box of Lego."