(2005)

Critic Reviews

84

Metascore

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100
When class conflict stirs the viewer's attention as much as a canine hero's homecoming, it's clear that this isn't the usual (read: mindless) family entertainment.
91
Entertainment Weekly
About as good as a Lassie movie can be.
90
A heartwarming and moving adventure that does excellent justice to the classic character.
88
Chicago Tribune
The new Lassie is faithful to Knight's story, capturing its sweep, Dickensian social contrasts and high emotion. All that is enhanced by a splendid cast.
83
This latest remake goes back to the spirit and letter of Eric Knight's 1940 novel.
80
Variety
Competent journeyman writer-helmer Charles Sturridge ("Brideshead Revisited") and his overqualified thesp ensemble steer a steady course between dogged fidelity to Eric Knight's sentimental original novel and modern auds' need for a little humorous bite with the barking.
80
Village Voice
Lassie puts its trust in kids to be grown up, and appeals honestly (minus the usual knowing winks) to grown-ups by returning them to a state of childlike wonderment.
80
Lassie balances cruelty and tenderness, pathos and humor without ever losing sight of its youngest audience member.
80
Wall Street Journal
Mason and Odgers are charming young performers with cheeks that shade of pink generally found only in picture books or among English school children. That color goes perfectly here. There is an unabashed old-fashioned quality to the story-telling, not quaint, not fusty, but very much of another era -- and what a relief that is.
75
The A.V. Club
Writer-director Charles Sturridge doesn't mess with the Lassie formula--he provides plenty of dog-porn shots of the collie bounding through scenery in slow motion--but the overqualified cast puts the film over the top.

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