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The story of an intelligent, heroic collie and his young owner, previously featured in numerous films and a successful 1950s television series, was updated for the 1990s in this family feature. This time, Lassie is determined to help a cynical city boy named Matt (Thomas Guiry), who turns even more resentful when his family relocates to a small town in rural Virginia. Soon after this move, a bright collie enters the family's life and winds up with the name Lassie because of the television show, which Matt's younger sister (Brittany Boyd) watches passionately. Lassie sets out to cheer… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What makes "Lassie" work is the craftsmanship and thoughtfulness that director Petrie and his creative team bring to the task."
‑ Steven Gaydos, Variety
"It's somehow reassuring, these days, to see a movie where there's no problem Lassie can't solve."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's Lassie, innit? Gold."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"The plot stays simple and predictable through out the entire movie, but you never mind because it is so life affirming."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Writer-director Charles Sturridge doesn't mess with the Lassie formula%u2014he provides plenty of dog-porn shots of the collie bounding through scenery in slow motion%u2014but the overqualified cast puts the film over the top."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"For better or worse, "Lassie" is as safe and square as the TV show of yesteryear."
‑ Kevin McManus, Washington Post
"One of the finest incarnations of the series.....a warm and fuzzy experience"
‑ Clint Morris, Film Threat
"If you don't place too many demands on it, Lassie will while away your time pleasantly. But, ultimately this pup is all bark and no bite."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"A stubbornly sweet, picturesque children's film ..."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The story may be predictable, ham-fisted and saccharine, but that's why kids (and softhearted parents) will like it."
‑ Richard Leiby, Washington Post
"In all, pretty good family fare."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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