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Lassie (1994)

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The story of an intelligent, heroic collie and his young owner, previously featured in numerous films and a successful 1950s television series, was updated for the 1990s in this family feature. This time, Lassie is determined to help a cynical city boy named Matt (Thomas Guiry), who turns even more resentful when his family relocates to a small town in rural Virginia. Soon after this move, a bright collie enters the family's life and winds up with the name Lassie because of the television show, which Matt's younger sister (Brittany Boyd) watches passionately. Lassie sets out to cheer Matt up and introduce him to the wonders of nature, while also helping the family stand its ground against rich, unpleasant neighbors. There are also run-ins with vicious wild animals and a daring rescue over river rapids, but the main focus remains on the emotional relationship between Matt and the dog, a story that will seem old-fashioned and charming to some viewers while familiar and sentimental to others.

Cast

Thomas Guiry
as Matthew Turner
Tom Guiry
as Matthew Turner
Helen Slater
as Laura Turner
Jon Tenney
as Steve Turner
Frederic Forrest
as Sam Garland
Richard Farnsworth
as Len Collins
Brittany Boyd
as Jennifer Turner
Joe Inscoe
as Pete Jarman
Yvonne Brisendine
as Mrs. Jarman
Margaret Peery
as Mrs. Parker
Charlie Hofheimer
as Jim Garland
Rick Warner
as Timid Neighbor
Jordan Young
as Smoking Boy
Robert B. Brittain
as Grommet Foreman
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Critic Reviews for Lassie

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

What makes "Lassie" work is the craftsmanship and thoughtfulness that director Petrie and his creative team bring to the task.

February 28, 2013 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

Writer-director Charles Sturridge doesn't mess with the Lassie formula%u2014he provides plenty of dog-porn shots of the collie bounding through scenery in slow motion%u2014but the overqualified cast puts the film over the top.

August 31, 2006 | Rating: B
AV Club
Top Critic

A stubbornly sweet, picturesque children's film ...

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
New York Times
Top Critic

It's somehow reassuring, these days, to see a movie where there's no problem Lassie can't solve.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

For better or worse, "Lassie" is as safe and square as the TV show of yesteryear.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Washington Post
Top Critic

The story may be predictable, ham-fisted and saccharine, but that's why kids (and softhearted parents) will like it.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Lassie

I don't know why I watched this movie, I can't stand dog movies.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

A childhood classic and the best possible interpretation of Lassie the world has ever seen. It's a great coming of age story with the extremely talented child superstar Tom Guiry that happens to include a faithful dog rather than use it to motivate the plot. The villains are some of my favorite. A dirty redneck businessmen and his two quad runner sons try to make life a living hell for the new residents. However, Lassie the dog wonder and Tom Guiry+Michelle Williams manage to stop the forces of evil and save the day.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

½

good dog film.

erika bruhns
erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

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