The Legend of Johnny Lingo
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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. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If the narrative is unsteady, the acting is even shakier."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Earnest but amateurish tween fairy tale set in South Seas."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"There's no adventure or fun anywhere in Johnny Lingo, which is odd because this is kid friendly fare."
‑ Pete Croatto,
"Despite being longer, bigger, and more expensive, the new Legend of Johnny Lingo does little to improve on the first."
‑ Audrey Rock-Richardson, Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
"So poorly constructed that at times it feels like a series of barely connected skits, only some of which work."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"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."
‑ Kathy Cano Murillo, Arizona Republic
"...there's not much here to keep older viewers engaged."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Those who want a similarly-themed film need look no further than 'Whale Rider,' just as rich visually and in spirit-and a superior movie in every aspect."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"[The film] manages to overcome its weaknesses -- and its ancestry as a famously cornball Brigham Young University-produced short -- with gentle humor and sweetness."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"As a travelogue, it's inspiring. As a movie, it's a bit hokey, but okay, with some nice messages for the children."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"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."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"The whole affair comes off as an after-school special filmed in the rainforest."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Beyond-hackneyed dialogue helps Ramirez convey the (mistaken?) impression that none of his featured players can act. Throw in a dramatic arc that's practically a flat line and you'll know how long 91 minutes can feel."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"It's not a bad film, and it has a certain sweetness to it. It's just so unnecessary, that's all."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"A good-natured but somewhat slack family film...rather stilted and didactic, like a Disney live-action feature from the fifties or sixties."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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