Lassie

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84

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics What's this?

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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

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  • Summary: The film is set on the eve of World War II in a Yorkshire mining town. After falling on hard times, the Carraclough family is forced to sell Lassie, their beloved dog, to the Duke of Rudling. When she succeeds in escaping her cage, Lassie finds herself transported five hundred miles away toThe film is set on the eve of World War II in a Yorkshire mining town. After falling on hard times, the Carraclough family is forced to sell Lassie, their beloved dog, to the Duke of Rudling. When she succeeds in escaping her cage, Lassie finds herself transported five hundred miles away to the Duke's remote castle on the northern coast of Scotland. However, she is determined to defy the odds and return to the home she loves. So begins an incredible adventure, set against a stunning series of landscapes, that sees Lassie facing dangers both natural and human finding help in unexpected places as she make her way across the country, to reach home in time for Christmas. (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Expand

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  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  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. Lassie balances cruelty and tenderness, pathos and humor without ever losing sight of its youngest audience member.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 75
    The young actors are charming, O'Toole commands every scene he's in, the scenery is lush, and the animals are gorgeous.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. ShannonP.
    Feb 11, 2007
    10
    Wonderful and wonderfully acted family film.
  2. JimP
    Sep 6, 2006
    10
    This a wonderful movie, with a great story, the actors (including the youngsters) are terrific, and the photography is beautiful. We see a This a wonderful movie, with a great story, the actors (including the youngsters) are terrific, and the photography is beautiful. We see a lot of movies, and we recommend this to anyone who enjoys well-crafted films. Expand
  3. HeidiG.
    Nov 12, 2006
    10
    The best Lassie movie ever and the most beautiful Lassie dog ever! Spectacular!
  4. Sam
    Apr 17, 2007
    8
    Despite the paper-thin plot, it was enjoyable and endearing enough. I really liked it.
  5. JimmyP.
    Nov 19, 2006
    4
    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. Expand
  6. BillC.
    Nov 17, 2006
    3
    I wanted to like this film.The reviews were great and the film never played here. Finally I see it on DVD. Disapointing! Dialoge is accented I wanted to like this film.The reviews were great and the film never played here. Finally I see it on DVD. Disapointing! Dialoge is accented and hard to understand sometimes.The story seemed too slow, then too fast, and the Lassie fight scenes were poorly done. No wonder it bombed in the USA at the theater. Collapse

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