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Lassie Come Home (1943)

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Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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Female dogs tend to shed while in heat; this is why all the collies who've played doggy heroine Lassie in the movies have actually been well-disguised males. A magnificent animal named Pal was the screen's first Lassie in 1943's Lassie Come Home. Set in Yorkshire during the first World War, the film gets under way when the poverty-stricken parents (Donald Crisp, Elsa Lanchester) of young Joe Carraclough (Roddy McDowall) are forced to sell his beloved Lassie. While her new master, the duke of

Aug 24, 2004

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Lassie celebrates nothing more profound than the simple and timeworn relationship of a boy and a dog. It dramatizes the uncomplicated goodness of an animal in a complicated human world.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Lassie emerges as nice entertainment enhanced by color photography and good scenic shots.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Nobody made this heart-warming fluff better than MGM.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A thorough delight.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The classic 1943 canine weepie about a collie who crosses most of Britain to return to the little boy who loves her.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This was understandably inspiring to wartime audiences and actually still holds up as a heartwarming story with a very decent cast.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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This film is a fairly well-balanced effort, and if you're in the mood for an evening of obvious sentiment, this boy-and-his-dog film works quite well.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Barkin' good moral-rich classic. But violent, too.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

MGM tear jerker supreme for dog and child fans.

May 22, 2008
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It's the classic shaggy dog story that began it all.

February 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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As Old Yeller is the classic story of a boy and his dog, Lassie Come Home is the classic story of a dog and her boy.

November 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
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Lassie Come Home gives the screen's first dog star, Rin-Tin-Tin, a run for his money, mostly thanks to its rich Technicolor cinematography and its top-shelf cast.

September 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Sentimental slush.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

One of those rare and precious films that are to be enjoyed by all generations.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Still good family entertainment today.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Lassie Come Home

Lassie Come Home? No, Lassie please leave! That's the real problem in this movie, Lassie wont stay away. The family is too poor to keep the dog, so they sell it, but it keeps coming back home. This really got on my nerves, not only that , but the scenes with Lassie fighting bears in the woods so he could get back home were so crazy and ridiculous that I hated this movie. I did like Roddy McDowall in the movie, though, he was good, so I gave the movie more stars than it deserved.
October 13, 2010
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If you don't like this movie you better see the wizard about a heart.
July 16, 2008
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    1. Joe Carraclough: You're my Lassie come home.
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