The Legend of Johnny Lingo (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 to the screen in part by producer John Garbett.

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Cast

Alvin Fitisemanu
as Chief Steward
Fokikovi Soakimi
as Young Mahana
George Henare
as Johnny Lingo
Pete Smith
as Scary Island Chief
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Critic Reviews for The Legend of Johnny Lingo

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

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

October 3, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

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 | Rating: 4/5

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 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Earnest but amateurish tween fairy tale set in South Seas.

December 14, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

April 14, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

December 6, 2004 | Rating: C

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