Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15

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Critic Reviews

  1. When class conflict stirs the viewer's attention as much as a canine hero's homecoming, it's clear that this isn't the usual (read: mindless) family entertainment.
  2. About as good as a Lassie movie can be.
  3. A heartwarming and moving adventure that does excellent justice to the classic character.
  4. It's a welcome throwback to the carefully crafted family films of the studio era. The scenery is lovely, and the cast is entirely worthy of the enterprise (including the regal and athletic star).
  5. The new Lassie is faithful to Knight's story, capturing its sweep, Dickensian social contrasts and high emotion. All that is enhanced by a splendid cast.
  6. 88
    Lassie is a dog movie even non-dog lovers will lap up.
  7. This latest remake goes back to the spirit and letter of Eric Knight's 1940 novel.
  8. 80
    Competent journeyman writer-helmer Charles Sturridge ("Brideshead Revisited") and his overqualified thesp ensemble steer a steady course between dogged fidelity to Eric Knight's sentimental original novel and modern auds' need for a little humorous bite with the barking.
  9. 80
    Lassie puts its trust in kids to be grown up, and appeals honestly (minus the usual knowing winks) to grown-ups by returning them to a state of childlike wonderment.
  10. Lassie balances cruelty and tenderness, pathos and humor without ever losing sight of its youngest audience member.
  11. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    Mason and Odgers are charming young performers with cheeks that shade of pink generally found only in picture books or among English school children. That color goes perfectly here. There is an unabashed old-fashioned quality to the story-telling, not quaint, not fusty, but very much of another era -- and what a relief that is.
  12. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Peter O'Toole is magisterial, blustering and sublime: His half-deaf duke still has a touch of Lawrence of Arabia's showstopping power.
  13. 75
    Writer-director Charles Sturridge doesn't mess with the Lassie formula--he provides plenty of dog-porn shots of the collie bounding through scenery in slow motion--but the overqualified cast puts the film over the top.
  14. With a respectfully committed cast, gorgeous scenery and two sad-eyed leads that will break your heart (the kid and the dog are equally adorable), this is clearly not your typical family film. Which will make it that much more appealing to every member of your family.
  15. 75
    The young actors are charming, O'Toole commands every scene he's in, the scenery is lush, and the animals are gorgeous.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Sam
    Apr 17, 2007
    Despite the paper-thin plot, it was enjoyable and endearing enough. I really liked it.
  2. ShannonP.
    Feb 11, 2007
    Wonderful and wonderfully acted family film.
  3. JimmyP.
    Nov 19, 2006
    Not to my likeing, I watched it with my family, but, emotionally, it didn't blow me away like I thought it would.And the film was quite Not to my likeing, I watched it with my family, but, emotionally, it didn't blow me away like I thought it would.And the film was quite poor, I must say. Full Review »