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Lassie (2005)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 68
Fresh: 63 | Rotten: 5

A beautifully-made retelling of the classic collie tale, one need not be a dog-lover to fall for Lassie.


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 0

A beautifully-made retelling of the classic collie tale, one need not be a dog-lover to fall for Lassie.



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Everyone's favorite collie returns to the screen -- and to her native home back in Britain -- in director Charles Sturridge's faithful adaptation of author Eric Knight's sentimental kid and canine novel Lassie Come Home. When Lassie saves a fox from the hunting hounds of the duke of Rudling (Peter O'Toole), the captivated nobleman becomes obsessed with the idea of purchasing the collie for his adoring granddaughter Cilla (Hester Odgers). Unfortunately for Rudling, the pooch already has a loving


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Nov 14, 2006


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Dog and movie lovers, take note: Lassie has come home.

December 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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It's a welcome throwback to the carefully crafted family films of the studio era.

December 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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I think just one of the best family films of the year.

September 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Lassie proves to be top dog in her latest feature film.

September 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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...The collie that became a star back in 1943 can still make you cry and cheer in the all-new Lassie.

September 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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It's such a relief to settle into a film that lets dogs be dogs, children be children, and old-fashioned movies be old-fashioned movies.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Slate
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Schmaltzy return for classic cinema canine.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This story of a boy and his dog comes home to its roots in Yorkshire with a beautifully sensitive and traditional rendering. Using the original 1938 short story as its source, writer & director Charles Sturridge %u2013 best known for his superb work on Br

October 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Screenwize

Writer/director Charles Sturridge adapts the heart-warming story with strict attention to its modest emotional underpinnings of family, devotion, and a beautiful collie.

April 20, 2009 Full Review Source:

An ode to the beleaguered people who face hardships, physical and emotional, with hopeful optimism.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

A sweetly old-fashioned, tail-wagging charmer of a family film.

September 23, 2006

Lassie déjà vu filmed in the magnificent British Isles with more than enough animal stampedes to enthrall an entire theatre of ten year olds, and their parents.

September 15, 2006
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Knows that kids live in a grown-up world, that they are not isolated from such realities as unemployment or war, and can relate to the problems of adult characters as well as those of children and animals.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide utterly beguiling success.

September 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Terrific performances by those with fur and without.

September 2, 2006 Full Review Source:

If that doesn't bring a tear to your eye, then you're a robot with cross-wired circuitry.

September 2, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

It plays your lacrimal glands like a violin, but honorably so.

September 1, 2006

It's a rare work of substance, simplicity, and grace that deserves to be mentioned among the best features crafted for younger viewers in the last twenty years.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

The 1943 Lassie Come Home, starring then-child actors Roddy McDowall and Elizabeth Taylor as Joe and Cilla, is widely considered the gold standard to which all dog movies should aspire, but Sturridge's remake is a fine film in its own right.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Lassie

It's well constructed and all but very much lacking the emotional depth I was expecting and hoping for. This was an unnecessary remake to begin with so it doesn't really have any real reason to exist. It also doesn't add anything new to the mix that the original already did and isn't as engaging or ambitous. There are a lot of good moments in the film and it's certainly not a bad one but it's not that amazing either. But hey dog lovers are going to love it and fans of the original will. But only because it's the same movie.
February 19, 2012
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I love the cute Collie dog and it looks familiar to the original one of adventure Lassie movie. (Disappointed again that DVD has no English substitles.)
September 10, 2006
Dean McKenna

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[font=Century Gothic]"Lassie" takes place in 1939 in Yorkshire, England where following his noticing the collie Lassie during a very wild fox hunt, a duke(Peter O'Toole) offers to buy the dog from a miner, Sam Carraclough(John Lynch), and his wife, Sarah(Samantha Morton), but the dog is not for sale because of her strong attachment to their son, Joe(Jonathan Mason). But that changes after the mine closes and the family badly needs the money. Lassie has other ideas, making three escape attempts from the duke before being returned each time. Now, she is set to accompany the duke and his granddaughter, Cilla(Hester Odgers), several hundred miles to Scotland...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Lassie" is an old fashioned and entertaining movie with a very good cast, the juvenile actors being especially impressive. Cameos from two of Scotland's national treasures and shots of the beautiful countryside do not hurt, either.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]At the beginning of the film, there is a sense of class consciousness.(You cannot buy the love of a dog or anyone else for that matter which is a maxim the duke ignores.) Then, it gives way to the necessity of kindness and generosity in times of war.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]And what is it with Peter Dinklage and dogs lately?[/font]
July 20, 2007
Walter M.

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It was a splendid two hours of my life! I got choked up at the sad part and choked up at the joyful part. It was such a well-crafted masterpiece. Probably the best Lassie film I've seen.
September 17, 2008

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