Critic Review - New York Times

The work of ingenious technicians who seem either not to know what gave the original film its magic, or not to care.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (3)
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freezingicekirby

freezingicekirby Shafer

I highly doubt that another film like the 1939 Wizard of Oz would of worked twice... Besides, I'm rather glad that this film wasn't like the 1939 film, but more followed the books that it was based on and was more darker and serious.

Apr 12 - 11:10 AM

Brian Gregory

Brian Gregory

Agreed. This film is a lost classic. Very dark for a kids film and,hence,not a box-office success but I saw it as a kid at the cinema and loved it, as did my sister-it's stayed with me far more than most films from those days. The unimaginative reviewers,such as above,don't want to be associated with a commercial flop. Commercial success does not guarantee a good film-see Transformers and numerous others for details. Return to oz is a great movie and I've noticed a change in attitude to it over the years.

Jan 1 - 09:56 AM

Brian Gregory

Brian Gregory

Agreed. This film is a lost classic. Very dark for a kids film and,hence,not a box-office success but I saw it as a kid at the cinema and loved it, as did my sister-it's stayed with me far more than most films from those days. The unimaginative reviewers,such as above,don't want to be associated with a commercial flop. Commercial success does not guarantee a good film-see Transformers and numerous others for details. Return to oz is a great movie and I've noticed a change in attitude to it over the years.

Jan 1 - 09:56 AM

m w.

m w

The 1939 film sucks dead moose.

Through a straw.

This film is accurate and faithful o the books and was obviously made by people who knew and loved the books.

Unlike the 1939 travesty which, in the great tradition of USAian cinema basically took the title and some names and tossed the story that made the book readbl out the window.

Apr 5 - 02:48 PM

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