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Lassie Reviews

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August 31, 2006
Lassie wears thin. It's a little too long, and by the end the tugs on your heartstrings feel more like heartstring muggings.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dan Lybarger
August 31, 2006
It's too bad that dog whisperer Cesar Millan wasn't available to get the plot to heel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Urban Cinefile
March 4, 2006
Call me hard to please, but Charles Sturridge's film leaves me unmoved and unengaged by the lovely story...Lassie should rip our hearts out, or at least make us rip our hankies out.
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
September 1, 2006
Fans of the original book should be pleased, but we were mostly bored.
| Original Score: C
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 1, 2006
Sturridge sometimes overplays his hand, piling on the sentimental clichés and goosing the violin music.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Schmaltzy return for classic cinema canine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 31, 2006
Far from the madding crowd and frantic squeak of Hollywood kid flicks, British writer-director Charles Sturridge makes beautiful, stubbornly unhurried movies about the best and worst in human, animal and even otherworldly nature.
Simon Weaving
October 10, 2009
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
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Edward Douglas
August 31, 2006
Leave it to the Brits to take back something ... and reinvent it into something that's so much better than the traditions they're trying to revive.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 5, 2006
I think just one of the best family films of the year.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 1, 2006
Lassie has a fine cast, lots of calendar-pretty shots of Lassie in different seasons and a dog-owned-by-many-different-people plot borrowed from David Copperfield.
| Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
September 1, 2006
Lassie is old-fashioned family entertainment, and I hope audiences aren't afraid to take a chance on a movie that might not be paced like a race car, but offers gentle adventure and alternative heroism instead.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rebecca Murray
September 2, 2006
Terrific performances by those with fur and without.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Cole Smithey
April 20, 2009
Writer/director Charles Sturridge adapts the heart-warming story with strict attention to its modest emotional underpinnings of family, devotion, and a beautiful collie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 30, 2006
No, it's not exactly realistic. But there is a sense of moral balance in Lassie's world that's enviable. People are cruel to the dog and bad things happen to them. Those who are good to her end up being rewarded.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 26, 2006
It's a welcome throwback to the carefully crafted family films of the studio era.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 24, 2006
There's not much to grumble about: most of the performances are nicely honed, the cinematography and editing's excellent and, despite the swooning strings, it's not too sentimental.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 1, 2006
Lassie achieves greatness through its rich supply of goodness.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 11, 2006
While solidly made, it might be too cute and uncomplicated for 21st century audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 2, 2006
An exquisitely filmed drama about the collie with a huge heart and a quest that proves her love for her favorite human companion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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