The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Reviews

February 9, 2019
By this point... I think I've had enough of The Lego Movies. These things can only go so far and I think they may have exceeded their natural life span.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 9, 2019
Viewers reared on "The Lego Movie" will find plenty to nourish them anew.
February 8, 2019
Exhausted, and exhausting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 8, 2019
And while it takes a few beats to rediscover the manic rhythm of the original, about half an hour in, every piece more or less clicks, and I will not apologize for that sentence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 8, 2019
"Lego 2" is like stepping on a Lego.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 8, 2019
A hugely ambitious sequel, joyous and genuinely complex, that's charged with dramatic and musical energy to the very last frame.
February 8, 2019
The expression "more of the same" isn't always what artists want to hear, but for "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" it is very good news indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 7, 2019
"The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" is at times enormously fun... But like a forced marriage between a Lego minifig and a Duplo character, its parts don't fit together seamlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
February 7, 2019
Lord and Miller have always known what they're doing, but here it feels like they need you to know it, too.
February 7, 2019
It's like watching an infomercial where children mindlessly smash heaping piles of name-branded toys together for the better part of two hours - although the children are invisible for the most part.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 7, 2019
It's almost impossible to resist "The Lego Movie 2" for its continued everything-is-awesomeness, even if it does fall back on the trope of playthings terrified of being relegated to the storage bin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 7, 2019
While the new film is heavy-handed in its messaging about friendship and the power of getting along, it does so with little of the emotional heft of the previous installments-and about half the wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 7, 2019
Far from awesome, it settles for being just OK -- lacking the surprise that elevated the original, while appearing reasonably content to simply follow the instructions.
February 7, 2019
"Everything's Not Awesome," but just enough is to keep this series in one piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 7, 2019
The Chris Pratt/Elizabeth Banks duo remains a very appealing protagonist pair, the movie doesn't take itself too seriously, the sheer volume of non sequitur cameos is astonishing and the moral is another sweet one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 7, 2019
More in-jokes and wisecracks than new ideas here, but the animation still dazzles and the voice-cast still charms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
February 7, 2019
The film's final section features a clever-but-earned and entirely character-based pivot that serves to deepen and complicate its themes, adding a welcome layer of nuance to the proceedings.
February 6, 2019
Is Lego 2 as good as the original? Not really. Few things take the bloom off a creative concept like a sequel. But the movie has a knack for throwing pop-culture references at the screen with a wild abandon that's hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 6, 2019
What distinguishes this from the better Lego movies is that they're good commercials.
February 6, 2019
While it's a lot of fun, it isn't as consistently clever or thrilling as its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 6, 2019
It's a bunch of plastic blocks that have an adventure, and it's basically insane; not quite as pleasantly so as the first movie (the element of astonished surprise isn't there), but hey, that's a high bar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 6, 2019
Speaking of songs, steel yourself for another insidious earworm. Like the movie, it's obvious and overeager, a piece of commercial pop art manufactured within an inch of its life. But it's also not wrong, and will very much get stuck inside your head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 6, 2019
"The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" becomes an amusingly derivative space opera, where the hallways and stairwells of an American suburban home become portals to so much intergalactic mayhem.
February 6, 2019
The brilliance of Lord and Miller's film is the way in which, even more so than in its predecessor, the meta story informs the mini-figures' story...
February 6, 2019
"The Lego Movie" remains one of the most consistently humanizing franchises in the realm of family-friendly movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 6, 2019
This is a project that's loaded with big ideas and worthy morals for its younger viewers, even if it has a little trouble streamlining them all into an easily digestible plot.
February 6, 2019
A sly, subversive and decidedly pointed argument against xenophobia that asks, can't we all just get along? ... Although it's packaged in a wild, neon-bright, irreverent movie about toy bricks, it's a moral that resonates deeply.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 5, 2019
Everything is not awesome, but it's still pretty good.
February 4, 2019
I loved "The Lego Movie," and I liked "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part." That about covers it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 4, 2019
Equals the zaniness of the fantastic first "Lego Movie" by giving most of its overflowing cast something to do, adding extra emotional layers with a live-action familial component, and doubling and tripling down on catchy songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 30, 2019
The filmmakers occasionally remind us the animated adventures are reflecting the real-world sibling dynamic, but they never get too heavy-handed with the life-lesson messaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 28, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is pretty darn good, but also you can't help shake the feeling that it's just never going to live up to the exciting newness of the first.
January 28, 2019
The second Lego Movie is even better than the original: a sophisticated new adventure that gives us a new look at how the universality of the Lego universe was more gendered than we thought.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 26, 2019
The Lego Movie 2 is lovable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 26, 2019
Everyone's gotta grow up sometimes, even animated movie franchises.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 26, 2019
What amounts to a really entertaining feature-length commercial.
January 26, 2019
Expands on the original's premise, adding new worlds and characters to the growing LEGO universe, while also crafting a story that is timely, inventive, hilarious and perfect for all ages.
January 26, 2019
Everything is still awesome. Just a little bit less so.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 26, 2019
Proves every bit as repetitive and uninspired as its glib title, bringing little that's fresh or funny to the interlocking brick table despite boasting a script penned by originators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.