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The Legend of Johnny Lingo

The Legend of Johnny Lingo (2003)

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When a small boy is mythically delivered to a remote Polynesian island and named Tama, he's received with equal amounts of joy and fear -- the former from the island tribe's chief, the latter from the chief's wife, who notes that the new boy is taking favored status away from their own, biological son. Thus, Tama is ostracized and cast away from his beloved adoptive island, but makes it his goal in life to return to reclaim his true childhood love, Mahana. The Legend of Johnny Lingo was brought

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family

Riwia Brown, John Garbett

May 11, 2004

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If the narrative is unsteady, the acting is even shakier.

October 3, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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This exotic little New Zealand film about an outcast island boy is full of surprises that will make even the grumpiest viewer crack a smile.

August 28, 2003
Arizona Republic
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The movie's G rating, and its message that even the roughest of edges can be smoothed away to reveal a wonderful person, make for ideal family entertainment, as long as you can get past the corniness.

August 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Earnest but amateurish tween fairy tale set in South Seas.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

...there's not much here to keep older viewers engaged.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The whole affair comes off as an after-school special filmed in the rainforest.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

There's no adventure or fun anywhere in Johnny Lingo, which is odd because this is kid friendly fare.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Those who want a similarly-themed film need look no further than 'Whale Rider,' just as rich visually and in spirit-and a superior movie in every aspect.

October 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Beyond-hackneyed dialogue helps Ramirez convey the (mistaken?) impression that none of his featured players can act. Throw in a dramatic arc that's practically a flat line and you'll know how long 91 minutes can feel.

October 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Despite being longer, bigger, and more expensive, the new Legend of Johnny Lingo does little to improve on the first.

September 12, 2003 Full Review
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

[The film] manages to overcome its weaknesses -- and its ancestry as a famously cornball Brigham Young University-produced short -- with gentle humor and sweetness.

September 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

It's not a bad film, and it has a certain sweetness to it. It's just so unnecessary, that's all.

August 30, 2003 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

So poorly constructed that at times it feels like a series of barely connected skits, only some of which work.

August 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

As a travelogue, it's inspiring. As a movie, it's a bit hokey, but okay, with some nice messages for the children.

August 29, 2003 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

A good-natured but somewhat slack family film...rather stilted and didactic, like a Disney live-action feature from the fifties or sixties.

August 27, 2003 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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