- Anvilicious: Many viewers are calling out the film for having the long clichéd phones are bad so you should spend more time with your family Aesop that hits you in the face even before the film came out. Though going by statements made by Chris Miller himself on Twitter, this might be more of a case of Never Trust a Trailer than anything else.
- Awesome Art: Many have praised the art direction of the film, with the stylized designs giving it the feel of 2D animation while remaining a CGI-animated work. Having been animated using some of the same technology used for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse may have helped.
- Director Displacement: One perpetrated by the trailers and ads for the film even; Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been pushed as the masterminds of the movie, to the point of it being called "Lord & Miller's Connected" in some sources. The two are among the film's three producers, and it was actually directed by Michael Rianda, who also co-wrote the film.
- Just Here for Godzilla:
- LGBT Fanbase: The film gained one pretty much the second the trailer came out, since it showed that protagonist Katie would have a pride button as part of her character design.
- Memetic Mutation:
- "Phones Bad: The Movie"note
- The fact that main character Katie has a pride button as part of her design has lead to people declaring that this film gives us better LGBT+ representation than any of Disney's recent movies.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Regardless of its double meaning, the change of the title "The Mitchells vs. The Machines" to "Connected" has been criticized for taking a generic One-Word Title approach, rather than giving the movie its own identity. Especially due to how overused the gimmick of using adjectives or even single nouns as titles is nowadays.
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