The Legend of Johnny Lingo (2003)

The Legend of Johnny Lingo


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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 … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama , Action & Adventure , Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Riwia Brown , John Garbett
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 11, 2004
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as Chief Steward

as Young Mahana

as Johnny Lingo

as Scary Island Chief
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Critic Reviews for The Legend of Johnny Lingo

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | August 28, 2003
Dallas Morning News
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Full Review… | July 22, 2008
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Earnest but amateurish tween fairy tale set in South Seas.

Full Review… | December 14, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | April 14, 2005
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