Gregory Kirschling
August 30, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Lassie (Movie - 2006)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
100 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/01/06
performer
Samantha Morton, Peter O'Toole, Robert Carr, Peter Dinklage
director
Charles Sturridge
distributor
Roadside Attractions
author
Charles Sturridge
genre
Kids and Family, ActionAdventure

We gave it an A-

Not many animals are more emotive than collies: those anxious eyes, the long face, that occasional humanoid smile. This is why Lassie is a legend. And Lassie, a franchise reboot more successful (to my eye) than Batman Begins, is about as good as a Lassie movie can be. Taking after the original 1940 novel, the film’s set in pre-WWII Britain, and Lassie, sold because times are tough, must travel a picaresque 500 miles to return home to little Joe (Jonathan Mason). Maybe I’m a sucker for dogs, but my eyes welled up. Twice. Woof!

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