The Legend of Johnny Lingo
The Legend of Johnny Lingo (2003)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: August 29, 2003
DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

If the narrative is unsteady, the acting is even shakier.

Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Earnest but amateurish tween fairy tale set in South Seas.

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Pete Croatto

There's no adventure or fun anywhere in Johnny Lingo, which is odd because this is kid friendly fare.

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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic

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.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...there's not much here to keep older viewers engaged.

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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.

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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

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.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

The whole affair comes off as an after-school special filmed in the rainforest.

Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

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.

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