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Lassie Review Critics


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  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 80

    out of 100

    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.

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    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.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    A heartwarming and moving adventure that does excellent justice to the classic character.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    About as good as a Lassie movie can be.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Schmaltzy return for classic cinema canine.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is a tear-jerker and contains some intense scenes involving poverty and peril. In one scene, Joe is forced to tell Lassie that he doesn't love or want her anymore (a potential weepy moment for the youngest set). Also, Lassie gets whipped, and in another scene, a brave little dog dies at a human's hands. There's also slapstick farce at the expense of some dog wardens. In school, Joe suffers humiliation and physical abuse from a teacher. A dwarf puppeteer is beat up by two big guys using clubs. They make snide remarks about his size and try to rob him.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about loyalty, honesty, perseverance, poverty, and respecting animals. What does it mean to be poor? Why are there some places in the world where kids have nothing? How would you feel about having to sell your pet to make ends meet? Why do some people abuse animals? Why is it important to respect other living creatures?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Lassie faces adversity bravely and helps many people during her adventures. On the other hand, dogs are beaten (and, in one scene, so is a person, who is simultaneously mocked), Joe's parents go back on their promise to him, and Joe is forced to turn against his beloved dog.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Lassie gets whipped (off-screen). Another dog dies at the hands of a person. The puppeteer is beaten up. Slapstick farce. Joe gets his hand whacked with a ruler at school.

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    Sexy stuff: Mild innuendo between characters.

  • language false3

    Language: "Hell," "bugger," "bloody," and "bullocks," and other similar British epithets.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some smoking and drinking among adult characters.